Oliver Townend in Bidding War for Top Lot at Goresbridge Sale

Lot 10 in the Goresbridge Tattersalls Ireland Select Event Sale. Photo via Tattersalls Ireland.

A new crop of exciting event horses were up for grabs at Thursday’s inaugural Goresbridge Tattersalls Ireland Select Event Horse Sale. 15 horses were hand picked by Sally Parkyn and Lt. Col. Brian McSweeney (ret.) and actioned at the sale which was held in conjunction with Tattersalls Horse Trials.

Goresbridge sales are known for their top quality young horses. Graduates from the annual autumn Go For Gold sale include “The People’s Horse” Cooley Rorkes Drift and Buck Davidson’s ride Copper Beach.

The talk of the Irish auction was lot 10’s Master Class Ramiro. The 4-year-old is by Ramiro B and out of Fiery Master, who is granddaughter to Master Imp. Consigned by Jason Higgins, Master Class Ramiro fueled a bidding war between Oliver Townend and Chris Gould. By the end, Chris won the bidding of the young horse with a €49,000 ($57180.84) price tag.

Oliver has an affinity with Ramiro B horses. Both his Kentucky Three-Day winner Cooley Master Class and Badminton second-placed Cooley SRS share a sire with lot 10.

The second most expensive lot was Lislan Liam for €26,000 ($30340.86). The 5-year-old gelding by Je T’Aime was purchased by Irish eventer Trish Ryan.

Eight more horses were auctioned for a total of €209,500 ($244477.28), which averaged to €23,278 ($27164.40) per horse.

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