The new hybrid format which saw the Monart sale welcome prospective buyers for two viewing days ahead of the online sale, paid dividends with a new record average of €15,281 and a clearance rate of 82%.

The top two lots, unnamed fillies from Henry Foley’s stable, achieved €35,500 and €34,500 respectively, with five horses in total breaking the €30,000 mark.

Lot 73, by Luidam (KPWN) out of a Plot Blue (KWPN) sold to Zoe Feeney (GB) for a sale high of €35,500.

Lot 33, by KEC Maximum Joe (WESTF) out of a Furryoso (ISH) mare produced the first night high price of €34,500, selling to Jennifer Oliver (USA).

Having previously offered four and five-year-olds for sale in addition to the three-year-olds offered in this year’s sale, the Monart team has no plan on returning to having ridden horses in the auction and will focus on three-year-olds.

“We’ve proven time and time again that we sell to the four corners of the world, and we’ll get a good price for it. We’ve made the decision to not go back to the ridden horses, and it’s the three-year-olds we’re going to stick with,” commented Niall Griffin.

This year’s sale again attracted buyers from across the world, including Olympic gold medallists Michael Jung and Laura Collett, along with Aoife Clark (IRE), Marcio Jorge (BRA), Bill Levett (AUS) and Trish Ryan (IRE).