By Sarah Keane • 11 December 2020 • 9:51
RYANAIR boss Michael O’ Leary sells his racehorse for over half a million euro in December auction
Ryanair boss Michael O’ Leary parted ways with the champion mare Apple’s Jade at the Goffs National Hunt sale in December for a cool €530,000. O’ Leary offered the 11 time Grade 1 winner on behalf of O’ Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.
Apple’s Jade is currently in foal and was bought by legendary trainer Gordon Elliott on behalf of Moran’s Bective Stud, becoming the highest price National Hunt mare ever sold at auction.
Eddie O’Leary of Gigginstown House Stud said: “Apple’s Jade is a very special mare. She was the first mare ever to win 11 Grade 1 races, a feat now matched only by the great Enable, and we hope she can mirror what she achieved on the track through her broodmare career.
“Gigginstown has never been about having a National Hunt breeding programme, which is why she will be offered for sale at Goffs in December. Apple’s Jade could be the ultimate blue hen for any serious National Hunt operation.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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