"He was a lovely horse as a foal and still is a lovely horse," said Tom Whitehead of Powerstown Stud. "He has a beautiful temperament and has been straightforward all the way through. I wish Shadwell all the best with him."Whitehead, who sold a Harbour Watch filly for £12,000 yesterday and has one left to sell today, added: "It's a selective market unless you hit the bar with one, and I suspect it will be the same right the way through the year."
"We bid on a few Born To Seas, we liked them," said Frannie Woods of Rathbarry. "You're doing the lists at the end of the day and this was always just a lovely individual. We rolled the dice, followed him in and got lucky. Matt Houldsworth was the underbidder and wasn't very happy with me when we bought him!"He was a gorgeous horse the whole time. He has a big, swinging walk on him and there's been no messing about - he's a very sound horse."I thought he was made for this place and I knew from the traffic that he was travelling well. But we never thought he'd make that much."
"She's a filly with a lot of quality and scope," said Saleh Al Homaizi as his advisor Tony Nerses signed the ticket. "For us as breeders, we're looking towards the future with our broodmare band and she will make a lovely mare for us."The stud is relatively new but doing well. We've had Ajaya and Raucous, and then Special Season (a Lope De Vega colt bred by Blue Diamond) won by seven lengths on his debut last week - you could say it's been a special season!"
Speaking to the Racing Post following Galileo Gold's Goodwood victory last month, stud manager Bo Hicks-Little said: “We picked Galicuix up very cheaply. We laughed at the time because when we got her home and looked round her we thought we’d find something wrong as she was so cheap, but there was nothing wrong and we jokingly said she would end up being our best mare.”
Galicuix has a foal by Champs Elysees and is back in foal to that stallion.
As for lot 285, she was a €47,000 pinhook by Sam Hoskins and Selwood Bloodstock. She is a sister to the Group 2-placed Parbold.
"Every year there are horses that come through to the top table and Dark Angel is one of those horses who keeps getting it done," he said. "You've got to take him very seriously - he's a stallion who is doing extremely well."
"She's a very strong mare and she passes that strength on to her progeny," said O'Callaghan. "I hope this colt is very lucky for his new owners."It's been a superb day. I thought coming here that we had a good bunch of horses - they a good, strong group that I thought would be ideal for Donny - and it's wonderful when it comes together."There is pressure in that I want to offer good horses every year. The pressure is there to get them here but it's a good pressure."
"She had such a good Dark Angel the first year [Birchwood] that it made sense to go back," said O'Callaghan. "But I'm a big fan of Slade Power. He was such a good, fast horse."
"He's by a very good stallion and from a family we know well," said Gold. "We thought he was a very nice foal and very brave of Grove Stud to bring him here. I'm not sure who will train him yet but suspect it could be Roger Varian."
"He is a colt with a lot of quality," said Saleh Al Homaizi. "He looks like he will be a two-year-old. We have a lovely Sepoy at home and we think he's exciting."