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GoffsUK Premier Yearling Sale - day two

Nancy Sexton blogs live from day two of the GoffsUK Premier Yearling Sale in Doncaster

  • It was an extremely strong trade yesterday but talking to various agents, it would seem that today's group of horses are even better overall.
     
    Among the stand-out lots on paper are:
     
    238) b f War Command - Regency Girl (Pivotal); the half-sister to recent Prix du Bois runner-up Elizabeth Darcy. Manister House Stud
     
    243) b f Dark Angel - Riskit Fora Biskit (Kodiac); first foal out of a Listed winner who topped the 2015 Tattersalls July Sale at 230,000gns while carrying this filly. Longview Stud
     
    250) gr f Invincible Spirit - Ronaldsay (Kirkwall); the half-sister to Gale Force Ten and out of Listed winner Ronaldsay. Trickledown Stud
     
    292) b c Garswood - Snake's Head (Golden Snake); the half-brother to this season's smart juvenile Staxton. Buckley Bloodstock
     
    304) b c Kodiac - Spring Surprise (Hector Protector); half-brother to Mill Reef Stakes winner Toocoolforschool. Norris Bloodstock
     
    327) gr f Dark Angel - The Thrill Is Gone (Bahamian Bounty); one of the likely stars, this filly is out of the Listed-placed The Thrill Is Gone, a half-sister to Group 1-winning sprinter Muarrab and high-class 2yo Bungle Inthejungle. Stratford Place Stud
     
    354) b c Acclamation - When Not Iff (Iffraaj); a talking horse of the sale, this colt is from the further family of Pelder and Oath. Grangemore Stud
     
    355) b f Mukhadram - Whirly Dancer (Danehill Dancer); the half-sister to Beckford. Baroda and Colbinstown Studs
     
    380) b c Es Que Love - Ajig Dancer (Niniski); a fine representation for his young sire, this colt is a half-brother to German champion 2yo Ajigolo. Rathasker Stud
     
    406) b f Charm Spirit - Bijou A Moi (Rainbow Quest); an expensive pinhook at 85,000gns, this filly is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Robin Hoods Bay. Salcey Forest Stud
     
    444) b c Mastercraftsman - City Image (Elusive City); first foal out of the 2012 Empress Stakes winner. Croom House Stud
     
    450) ch c Showcasing - Copy-Cat (Lion Cavern); the half-brother to Group 3 winner Pastoral Player and Listed winner Chil The Kite. Salcey Forest Stud
     
    452) b f Exceed And Excel - Coral Mist (Bahamian Bounty); the first foal out of a Group 3-winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Toylsome. Highclere Stud
  • Off and running already here at Doncaster. War Command has gone down really well this week with buyers and the second lot through the ring becomes another feather in his cap, selling for £95,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle. The Manister House homebred is a half-sister to Wesley Ward's Prix du Bois runner-up Elizabeth Darcy.
     
    Moments later, Joe Foley made his presence felt when going to £85,000 for a Kyllachy colt sold by Cheveley Park Stud through Jamie Railton. The colt is a half-brother to two winners and out of Resort, a winning half-sister to Byron.
  • Lot 246: b c Olympic Glory - River Test (Beat Hollow)
     
    Anna Sundstrom's long term plan for this colt pays off in great style as he sells for £140,000 to Shadwell Estates. Sundstrom hatched the plan in the aftermath of her strong debut showing at this sale last year.
     
    "I was walking past the sign for Olympic Glory," she said, alluding to the adverts of Group 1-winning that GoffsUK place around the sales grounds, "and I turned to my parents and said 'this is where we go with this colt'. Olympic Glory was sold here and we though then this was the perfect place. He's a lovely, lovely colt."
     
    Bred by the Sundstrom's Team Hogdala, the colt is a half-brother to four-time winner River Frost and out of an unraced daughter of the Balding's good mare Spurned, dam of Passing Glance, Hidden Meadow, Kingsclere and Scorned.
     
    Sundstrom sold here through her Coulonces Consignment for the first time here last year and hit the ground running as the vendor of a Siyouni filly that realised £220,000; named Laurens, she recently ran second for Karl Burke in the Prix du Calvados. Coulonces have another three to sell today, including another daughter of Siyouni that could create further fireworks.
     
    "I love Donny," said Sundstrom. "I loved it last year and I love it this year!"
  • Lot 250: gr f Invincible Spirit - Ronaldsay (Kirkwall)
     
    Richard Guest outbids Anthony Stroud at £125,000 for this half-sister to Gale Force Ten, yet another six-figure lot sold out of this mare at Donny by her part-breeder Stowell Hill Stud.
     
    Gale Force Ten himself topped the 2011 sale at £280,000 while the following year, Ronaldsay's Dubawi colt realised £180,000 to John Ferguson.
     
    This particular filly was co-bred by the McCreerys with the Irish National Stud.
  • Lot 291: b c Compton Place - Small Fortune (Anabaa)
     
    Turns a great profit having cost 8,000gns as a foal. Ballinvana House Stud signed for the colt that day and reap the rewards as he sells for £72,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle. He is from the final crop of his sire, a real stalwart of the smaller breeder as well as Donny over the years, and out of a winning half-sister to the Queen's Listed-placed filly Pack Together.
  • Lot 295: b c Dark Angel - Snowfields (Raven's Pass)
     
    It's fair to say that today's sessions so far lacks the buoyancy of yesterday although that could change shortly with a number of crackers still to go through the ring.
     
    In the meantime, this colt - by a stallion that is like catnip to buyers - livens up proceedings by selling for £250,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
     
    "We've bought some nice Dark Angels in previous years," said Mark Richards, signing for the fifth time this week. "This colt is a nice athletic horse and had a bit of presence and a nice walk. The team tries to find the right ones and I feel this lad is absolutely the right one. Hopefully he'll keep improving the page as he's a nice sort of horse. They never get any cheaper though!"
     
    Sold by Camas Park Stud, the colt was bred by Lynch Bages, Summerfield and Camas Park Stud out of Snowfields, a half-sister to Listed winner Army Of Angels bought for €120,000 through the BBA Ireland in 2013.
  • Lot 304: b c Kodiac - Spring Surprise (Hector Protector)
     
    Ger Lyons outbid Anthony Stroud among others at £210,000 for this sharp looking half-brother to Mill Reef Stakes winner Toocoolforschool, who was sold by Norris Bloodstock.
     
    Bred by South Acre Bloodstock, he is the fifth foal out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to the Listed-placed Tucker.
     
    He brings Kodiac's average for the sale to £105,700 for ten sold.
     
    Lyons was back in action moments later when going to £100,000 for Oaks Farm Stables colt by Dandy Man, who was a €38,000 Goff November pinhook by Grangebarry last year.
     
    Plenty of people have kept the faith in Dandy Man; so far this week, he has sired three six-figure yearlings and boasts an average of £52,700. 
  • Lot 312: b c Society Rock - Suffer Her (Whipper)
     
    Ross Doyle and Richard Hannon are hoping that lightning strikes twice after going to £160,000 for Tally-Ho Stud's colt by Society Rock out of Suffer Her. Godolphin were the underbidders.
     
    The pair came away from last year's sale with another Society Rock from the same operation in Tangled, and enjoyed a massive pay day at York last week when that colt landed the GoffsUK sales race.
     
    "Richard has Tangled for some very good owners and thinks he might be a Group horse," said Doyle. "We bought him off Roger too so hopefully lightning might strike twice. This lad looks a real 2yo type. Society Rock is obviously the leading first-crop sire but unfortunately is no longer with us."
     
    The colt was bred by Tally-Ho and is a half-brother to four winners. In turn, she is a half-sister to the Listed-plaed pair Rigolleto and Campeltown.
     
    "The market is very strong for the right horse," added Doyle. "Myself and the team haven't seen as many nice horses here before. And there's a great international base of buyers here too - I guess the results on the track speak for themselves. It's a real credit to Donny and the vendors."
  • Lot 327; gr f Dark Angel - The Thrill Is Gone (Bahamian Bounty)
     
    It continues to be all about Dark Angel - the tenth six-figure lot by the stallion is this Stratford Place homebred who falls to Angus Gold - who was briefly rechristened 'Anthony Stroud' by auctioneer Andrew Nolan as the hammer fell - for £200,000.
     
    The powerful youngster is the third foal out of the Listed-placed The Thrill Is Gone, a typically quick product of Chris Wright's Crime Of Passion family. The second dam Licence To Thrill bred nine winners, including Golden Shaheen winner Muarrab and Cornwallis Stakes winner Bungle Inthejungle, and is out of Crime Of Passion herself, winner of the 1982 Cherry Hinton Stakes for Wright.
  • Lot 334: b c Dandy Man - Titian Queen (Tobougg)
     
    Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud turns a good profit on its Dandy Man colt, who sells for £100,000 to Bobby O'Ryan on behalf of trainer Richard Spencer. Lynn Lodge picked up the colt, out of a half-sister to Prix de la Foret winner Toylsome, for €40,000 at Goffs last November.
  • What they say....
     
    "It's very strong, a fantastic trade. I've never known it so strong, not just for colts but fillies too. I think the most remarkable thing is the clearance rate. It was 91% yesterday and close to 90% so far today. You don't have to write 'vendor' in the catalogue very often and when you do, it's quite often by a 'P/S' [private sale]." Geoffrey Howson, Howson & Houldsworth
     
    "The market is very strong for the right horse. Myself and the team haven't seen as many nice horses here before. And there's a great international base of buyers here too - I guess the results on the track speak for themselves. It's a real credit to Donny and the vendors." Ross Doyle
  • Lot 354: b c Acclamation - When Not Iff (Iffraaj)
     
    Shadwell breaks through the £1.5 million barrier by expenditure with the purchase of this colt for £160,000 from Grangemore Stud. Guy O'Callaghan's far paid €88,000 for the colt at last year's Goffs November Sale, making him a bold but productive pinhook.
     
    The colt is the half-brother to a minor winner and out of a two-time winner from the further family of Pelder and Oath.
  • Lot 355: b f Mukhadram - Whirly Bird (Danehill Dancer)
     
    A major update works wonders for the connections of this filly from Baroda & Colbinstown Studs. Bought for 31,000gns as a foal last December by 'Azziza', the filly is now a half-sister to one of the top two-year-olds of this season in Beckford, the Railway Stakes winner who has run second in the Phoenix Stakes for Gordon Elliott since the publication of the catalogue.
     
    Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland won the battle for the filly, outbidding Peter Molony at £200,000. She is set to carry the same Newtown Anner Stud colours as her half-brother although a trainer has yet to be confirmed.
     
    "He's been bought for Maurice Regan of Newtown Anner Stud, who bought Beckford after he won his maiden," said Reilly. "I loved the filly, there's no downside to her.
     
    "Hopefully Beckford will win a Group 1 and improve the page even further. He's got a good few entries and is in races like the Middle Park Stakes. We'll take the filly back to the stud and make a decision about who will train her in due course."
     
    The filly is the third foal out of Whirly Dancer, who was bought by this filly's breeder Joyce Wallsgrove for just 9,500gns at the 2012 Tattersalls July Sale. She is a winning half-sister to Group 3 winner Malabar and from the further Hascombe & Valiant Studs family of Inchinor.
     
    Her sale boosts Mukhadram's average to £79,000 for four yearlings sold.
  • Lot 372: gr c Dark Angel - Abbakova (Dandy Man)
     
    "The quality is up markedly here, there are some lovely horses here and you could see on Sunday that everyone had huge lists," said Joe Foley after signing for this Dark Angel colt on behalf of Steve Parkin's Clipper Logistics at £200,000. The colt is the third by the stallion to be snapped up by Parkin this week and has the added allure - for Foley at least - of being out of a Dandy Man mare.
     
    "He's a lovely colt, and he's out of a Dandy Man mare, even better!" said Foley. "The mare was very tough. I remember her well - she should have won a Listed race at Tipperary one day."
     
    The colt is the first foal out of Abbahova, who ran second in the Listed Tipperary Stakes and third in the Listed Marble Stakes. In turn, she is the best of three winners out of Juddmonte Listed winner Well Beyond, the granddam of Prohibit among others.
     
    The colt also provided a fine return for Farranamanagh House Stud, which paid 70,000gns through Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock for the foal at the Tattersalls December Sale.
  • Lot 384: b c Heeraat - All Fur Coat (Multiplex)
     
    Angus Gold and Armando Duarte clash on this colt, with Gold coming out on top at £150,000. Both players have an affinity for the stallion; it was in Sheikh Hamdan's colours that Heeraat won two renewals of the Hackwood Stakes while Duarte struck last night at £100,000 for another by the sire. All in all, two tremendous returns for a horse that stands for just £4,000.
     
    This particular colt hails from Paul McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud, which is in the midst of another great season thanks to Harry Angel and Battaash, despite operating with a select band of mares. McCartan takes up the story of how he came to have the colt, who was bred by Clare Lloyd and Nell Kent out of the 2012 Lily Agnes Stakes winner.
     
    "Last summer, Richard Kent [of Mickley Stud] asked me if I would come over and view some Heeraat foals," he says. "So instead of flying over, I drove over for the Tattersalls July Sale, stopped off and saw these foals - I came away with three!
     
    "I liked them all so much that I bought another one this year and a breeding right in the horse himself.
     
    "This was a fabulous horse with a great temperament - in fact they've all got fantastic temperaments. I'm very glad Angus bought him - he's gone to a great home."
     
    Richard Kent of Mickley Stud added: "My son worked a season for Paul and said he'd never seen horses move on the lunge like it. Ballyphilip is a fantastic nursery. To produce the likes of Battaash and Harry Angel from a small band of mares is a real achievement. Anyway, in this game you need all the help you can get so I thought I'd invite him to see the foals and get his opinion."
     
    His sale brings Heeraat's average for the sale to £54,250.
     
     
  • Lot 408: ch c Slade Power - Black Rodded (Bahamian Bounty)
     
    Slade Power becomes the latest first-crop sire to join the six-figure club as Bobby O'Ryan goes to £120,000 for this colt from Ballyhimikin Stud on behalf of Richard Spencer and Rebel Racing.
     
    The powerful colt, who had a lot of Bahamian Bounty about him, was bred by James Hanly out of the winning Black Rodded, a sister to the Listed winner Queen's Grace from the good Bridget Swire family of Palace Street and Sakhee's Secret.
     
    "I just loved everything about him," said O'Ryan. "A great mover with great strength and attitude."
     
    Slade Power, a £5,000 graduate of this sale in 2010, currently boasts an average of £64,000.
     
  • Lot 452: b f Exceed And Excel - Coral Mist (Bahamian Bounty)
     
    One of the last highlights of the evening is this filly, sold by Highclere Stud on behalf of Lordship Stud who realises £140,000 to owner John Dance, standing with Ed Sackville.
     
    The filly is the first foal out of the 2013 Firth Of Clyde Stakes winner Coral Mist, a half-sister to Prix de la Foret winner Toylsome.
  • As ever, really interesting to view the first progeny of the below stallions. A number caught the imagination - after all trainers have yet to have a bad one, which will no doubt change shortly.
     
    There were a few surprise packages. Heeraat is a very good looking horse who throws stock in his mould and duly appealed to the Donny audience. Similar comments apply to Moohaajim, who averaged £55,667 off a €4,000 fee.
     
    Battle Of Marengo might not be perceived to be the typical Donny horse but he had some lovely stock that showed him in a good light in the ring.
     
    FIRST CROP SIRE WATCH
     
    ALHEBAYEB: 12 offered, 9 sold for an average of £42,333
     
    BATTLE OF MARENGO: 5 offered, 5 sold for an average of £44,600
     
    BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £49,000
     
    CHARM SPIRIT: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £51,667
     
    COACH HOUSE: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of £17,750
     
    DUNADEN: 1 offered, not sold
     
    ES QUE LOVE: 3 offered, 3 sold for £36,333
     
    GALE FORCE TEN: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of £41,000
     
    GARSWOOD: 12 offered, 11 sold for an average of £35,000
     
    GREGORIAN: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of £18,167
     
    HEERAAT: 8 offered, 8 sold for an average of £54,250
     
    KUROSHIO: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £16,667
     
    MOOHAAJIM: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of £55,667
     
    MORPHEUS: 9 offered, 9 sold for an average of £23,333
     
    MUKHADRAM: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of £58,500
     
    NO NAY NEVER: 10 offered, 9 sold for an average of £46,222
     
    OLYMPIC GLORY: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of £67,000
     
    RULER OF THE WORLD: 2 offered, both unsold
     
    SLADE POWER: 6 offered, 6 sold for an average of £58,000
     
    TORONADO: 9 offered, 8 sold for an average of £25,563
     
    WAR COMMAND: 16 offered, 14 sold for an average of £47,071
     
    XTENSION: 1 offered, sold for £115,000
  • TOP THREE BUYERS
     
    SHADWELL ESTATES: 15 bought for a total of £1,832,000
     
    SACKVILLEDONALD: 20 bought for a total of £1,345,000
     
    PETER & ROSS DOYLE BLOODSTOCK: 21 bought for a total of £1,297,000
  • TOP THREE VENDORS
     
    TALLY-HO STUD: 22 sold for a total of £926,000
     
    JAMIE RAILTON: 14 sold for a total of £703,000
     
    HIGHCLERE STUD: 7 sold for a total of £651,000
     
  • SALE STATISTICS
     
    Offered: 443
     
    Sold: 390 (88%)
     
    Aggregate: £19,767,750 (+13%)
     
    Average: £50,687 (+15%)
     
    Median: £37,000 (+9%)
     
    No. £200,000+ lots: 10 (2016: 6)
     
    No. six-figure lots: 42 (2016: 32)
     
    Top price: £270,000 (2016: £280,000)
     
    No. successful pinhooks: 111 of 165
     

    Goffs UK Managing Director Tony Williams commented:

    “This was undoubtedly the strongest ever Premier Sale catalogue we have assembled, we marketed it globally in an effort to establish a world class buying bench and we achieved that with the sale now enjoying a truly international following.

    “The results this sale consistently achieve on the track gave everyone confidence going into the sale and the last two days have been simply phenomenal having produced marked increases in figures across the board following a record sale last year. To see the number of six-figure horses grow from 32 to 42 clearly demonstrates that this sale is very much competing for Europe’s best yearlings. 

    “The growth achieved over the last six years has been significant and the demand for ‘Donny yearlings’ has never been higher following the exploits of horses like Barney Roy and Harry Angel to name just two.  We are indebted to our vendors who have once again raised the bar with regards to the quality of yearlings they send to us and we wish our buyers, who descended on Doncaster from around the world, the very best of luck with their purchases.”

     
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