Ownership case adjourned after mare is withdrawn from auction


A High Court dispute over the ownership of a racehorse, worth an estimated €400,000, has been adjourned after it was agreed to withdraw the mare from auction.

Michael O’Reilly, his brother Martin and Martin’s partner Claudia Reiss claim they own 20 per cent of Tashzara, whose brother Excelebration was one of the top milers in Europe this year.

In proceedings initiated this week against Edward Logan jnr and his wife Edel, they had sought injunctions preventing the mare being offered for sale. Tashzara was due to be offered for sale at Goff’s Bloodstock sales today and in the UK in early December.

When the matter came before the court yesterday, Colman FitzGerald SC, for the plaintiffs, told Mr Justice Paul Gilligan the case could be put back to today when he was hopeful it would not trouble the court.

He said lawyers for the defendants had offered undertakings including the mare would not be offered for sale at Goffs. Undertakings were also offered that Tashzara would not be moved from her current residence at Jockey Hall Stud, Co Kildare, until the proceedings were dealt with.