We start the year at Sheffield on March 10
WE are delighted to announce that our first sale of 2019 has been confirmed at Sheffield on Sunday, March 10.
This marks a return to venue which has been one our most successful and at which we have sold numerous winners right through the grades. We will return to Sheffield in October on a date yet to be confirmed.
It is also with please we announce our first ever sale at Hove. This will take place in April and we expect to have a date soon.
Crayford is our venue for May and in July we travel to its sister track Monmore.
In August we plan to be at Central Park, which is followed in September by a trip to Henlow, where we held a very successful first sale in December.
It’s back to Sheffield in October and if the stamina lasts a trip to the south coast and Hove next December.
It looks like being a busy year at Anglo Irish Greyhound Sales, but we would want it any other way.
(All the above is subject to minor alteration)
AIGS builds despite shortage of runners
AT a time when there is a well-publicised shortage of racing greyhounds, Anglo Irish Greyhound Sales is delighted to announce it sold 273 dogs at its eight auctions during 2018, generating a turnover of almost £350,000.
The exact figure was £347,935 (331,367 guineas), which works out at an average sale price of £1,274 (€1,417 - rate on December 13) from auctions at Central Park, Crayford (two), Henlow, Monmore (two) Newcastle and Sheffield.
AIGS expects to have the dates of its first fixtures for 2019 shortly. Martina Sullivan, of the Surrey-based comp[any, said: “We will be returning to the venues that served us well during the current year and we have one or two new ones to add.
“We were really pleased with 2018, during which we built on all that had been achieved the previous year, which was our first trading. That was down to the hard work of our staff, particularly our auctioneer Craig Grove, and, of course, our vendors who continue to supply us with excellent racing stock.”
Crayford Sales prices
FINAL VENUS, a striking July ’17 fawn daughter of Ballymac Vic – Hannah Pearl, was the top lot at our recent Crayford sale.
The 26-kilo bitch, from a batch consigned by Cookstown-based Barrie Rocks, handled the track well when beating trial companion Smart Shadow by three lengths in 23.82sec – the fastest of the day.
A full list of Crayford prices (all in guineas): 3600 Final Venus, 3500 Counting Sheep, 3300 Geneva Fanta, 3000 Droopys Mark, 2400 Totally Bonkers, 1800 Droopys Andora, 1800 Maysons Flame, 1600 Drawtheline, 1600 Smart Shadow, 1500 Undercover Chap, 1500 Droopys Bridgie, 1500 Brandy Fizz, 1500 Cloneen Queen, 1000 Final Pogba, 1000 Russmur Puma, 950 Excuses, Excuses, 900 Droopys Luca,800 Mandeville Pixie, 750 Mandeville Echo, 700 Rathbally Rubble, 700 Smooth Adam, 700 Da Looper, 650 Ballygibba Chip, 600 Maggie Me Nani, 600 Love You Loads, 550 Brickfield Belle, 550 Well Connected, 500 Bees Charm, 400 Garryvoe Scolari, 400 Heavens Poppet, 350 Milton Girl, 350 Boherdeel King, 350 Skeard Hawkeye.
Droopys Owl tops the sales at Monmore
DROOPYS OWL, a full January ’17 brother of Droopys Bonucci and a half-brother of Droopys Davy, the winner of this year’s €80,000 Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick, was the top lot at Thursday’s Monmore Sale when fetching 7,100 guineas on the bench after a smart 28.72sec (normal) for the 480 metres trip.
Monmore prices (in guineas) 7100 Droopys Owl, 4300 Random Diamond, 4000 Droopys Key, 3700 Droopys Famous, 3100 Shoemakers Ted, 2400 Power Wonder, 2100 Run Biddy Run, 2000 Droopys Pep, 1900 Millbank Stag, 1800 Cabra Max, 1700 Farran Kimberley, 1600 Derryhogan Jet, 1200 Piercestown Mask, 1200 Corduff Act, 1100 Droopys Flea, 1200 Mauna Loa, 800 Millies Crow, 800 Rockmount Maid, 800 Indian Poordevil, 750 Pennyland Aoife, 650 Skip Havana, 650 Cloneen Wish, 600 Genvea Stacy, 600 American Pharoah, 600 Bees Flyer, 550 Cloneen Hope, 500 Act Jolly, 500 Malbay Richie, 450 Toms House, 350 Loughgur Dottie, 350 Marvellous Blaze
Central Park prices
DROOPYS HEART, an unraced April 17 daughter of Laughil Duke - Droopys Coast, was the top lot at yesterday's sales at Central Park. The black bitch made all to defeat her litter brother Droopys Sterling in a fastest-of-the-day 29.45sec over 480 metres.
On the bench prices yesterday (all prices in guineas): 4,900 Droopys Heart, 4,100 Droopys Sterling, 2,700 Whitefort Scott, 2,000 Jacks Judge, 1,800 Express Icon, 1,800 Ballybough Dan, 1,300 Flaggy Tom, 1,000 Deans Alibi, 1,000 Drumbane Sean, 1,000 Rathmore Rankin, 1,000 Jacks Blitz, 950 Ace Queen, 950 Lanarown, 950 Outdoor Flame, 750 Dublin Mikey, 750 Rushmoor Diva, 650 Roardstown Buddy, 600 Kyletaun Hawk, 600 Cill Dubh Kevin, 550 Wee Stumpy, 450 Barrigone Set, 350 Anthem Of Fire, 350 Clomantagh Oscar, 350 Chutehall Mondo, 350 Coole Mary, 350 Ascot Till.
Annie an AIGS bargain of the year - Fenwick
JIMMY FENWICK is planning a bold raid on the William Hill Angel of the North Oaks, which gets under way at Newcastle on Thursday.
Invincible Lady, a finalist last year, Ashgrove Lisa, a semi-finalist in the Northern Puppy Derby 12 months ago, Supa Woman and Going All In will all be entered from his kennel, but he also has an unlikely wild card up his sleeve.
Mahoonagh Annie, still a maiden after a dozen races at Tralee, was picked up by Fenwick at the AIGS Sale at Newcastle at the beginning of the month for 600 guineas after finishing second in her 480-metre trial in 29.62sec.
However, things have moved on apace since the sale. She clocked 29.23sec in winning her next trial and got the time down to 28.88sec when running away with another three-dogger on Wednesday.
Fenwick said: “I watched her sales trial carefully. She rocketed out the traps but, being new to the track, she ran the first bend very wide and did the same at the last turn, but she straightened up in the middle from there and finished well.
“I thought she’d do better next time and I bid 450gns for her, but she was taken down unsold. I had a chat with the vendor and we agreed on 600gns and, after her last two trials, I’m hoping she could be the bargain of the year.
“Obviously we’ve got to see if she can transfer the form into races, but I think it’s worth taking a chance with her in the Angel of the North and I’ll be entering her. Being a wide runner she might just fit into the make-up of the event nicely.
“It means I’ll be handling the racing office five entries and it’s a bit ambitious to say the least to expect to get all five in an 18-runner
competition, especially as there have been some smart bitches racing and trialling at the track, but we’ll see what happens and take it from there.”
Newcastle operations director Ian Walton confirmed over the weekend that the track is anticipating a strong entry for the competition which closes to entries at noon tomorrow.
Taken from Tuesday’s Racing Post
Trooper is top of the Toon
BLUE TROOPER was the top lot at M0onday’s Newcastle Sale after recording the fastest trial of the day.
There had been a buzz all morning about the September ’16 son of Taylors Sky – Posh Pawn who was presented for the sale by regular vendor Barrie Rocks.
Blue Trooper had signalled his potential when posting 29.05sec over 525 yards at Dundalk on June 15 and after clocking a very slick 04.57sec sectional – the fastest of the day – he stopped the clock on a very smart 29.02sec (normal).
After brisk exchanges which involved as many as six bidders, the final bid of 5,600 guineas settled in the issue for Blue Trooper, who, it is believed, is heading for Belle Vue.
Prices were as follows:
5,600 Blue Trooper, 3,000 Droopys Word, 2,000 Belles Trooper, 2,000 Make Six, 1,600 Droopys Wow, 1,100 Stop Laughing, 1,100 Missions Boss, 750 Droopys Josie, 700 Bandit Pearl, 650 Carneys Jill, 600 Mahoonagh Annie, 550 Outdoor Shadow, 500 Ham Or Cheese, 450 Bungalow Jim, 400 All Gone, 350 Cash Gone
GBGB move on POR makes perfect sense
IN a common-sense move, the GBGB has announced that samples taken from greyhound presented at our sales will act as Point of Registration (POR) samples from the January 1.
Until now, greyhounds have been tested prior to their sales trial and then tested again when presented to be marked up by their new connections, which in some cases is literally only a few days apart.
This change in approach is intended to speed up the registration process for greyhounds purchased at sales meetings, as a POR sample will have already taken, and to provide an added level of confidence when purchasing a greyhound at a sale. It is also intended that this approach will present the sales organiser with an opportunity to offer further protections to purchasers like the non-fighter guarantee that currently exists at all sales meetings.
The current terms of the POR sampling process ensure a 10 working days turnaround for each sample once received by the laboratory, with an average turnaround time of 6 working days.