The 11th Monart sale took place last week, with the two top lots both consigned by Henry Foley. Lot 73, an athletic three-year-old filly by Luidam out of the Plot Blue mare Kilcoltim Blue Diamond, was bought by the British owner and breeder Zoe Feeney. Bred by Co Cork’s Cynthia Murphy Kearney, Feeney has eventing plans for her Irish purchase.
The second highest price was also given for a filly, lot 33, a bay by KEC Maximum Joe out of Rinealon Mist by Furryoso. The filly is half sister to three-star eventer Cruising By and will make her way to the US after the hammer fell in favour of equine physical therapist, Jennifer Oliver. Oliver paid €34,500 for the filly who was bred by Sean O’Neill in Co Clare.
This year’s Monart Sale of three-year-olds saw an impressive clearance rate of 82% and an average price of €15,281. The new format of two-day viewing followed by online auction appeared to suit buyers, with five lots clearing the €30,000 mark.
Commenting in The Irish Field, Foley said of the successful fillies: “I’ve always been lucky with fillies, if a horse ticks all the boxes regarding conformation, movement, pedigree and looks, as these two did, then it doesn’t seem to matter to purchasers if they are geldings or fillies.
“The new format of the sale worked well last year and again last week.
“You would always be a bit nervous of the online bidding, but people are getting more used to it. Between horses we prepped for others on livery for the sale and bits and pieces of horses we owned with others; we were involved in 10 horses last week and will be involved with nine others at the Go For Gold Sale next week.”
Both Brian Flynn and Meabh Bolger’s MBF Sporthorses and Monbeg Sport Horses’ Marti Rudd and Tomas Doyle had successful days. MBF’s lot 20, the 85% thoroughbred blood MBF Do The Maths by Grenan Fort, bred by Patrick Lavery of Co Down, was sold to Britain’s Kate James for €32,000.
Monbeg Sport Horses sold lot two, the Future Trend gelding Monbeg Fintra Smart, bred by Sheila and Michael Murphy of Co Clare for €31,000. The handsome black gelding, a relation to CSI5* Billy Congo and out of a Harlequin du Carel mare will also cross the Irish sea to his new home with event rider Fiona Kashel.
For full results see themonartsale.com.