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Goffs November Foal Sale - Day Five - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from the final day of the Goffs November Foal Sale which features the dispersal of Wildenstein lots

    Goffs' November Foal Sale reaches a crescendo today with the final session, traditionally by far the strongest of the week.
    Among the highlights on paper are:

    1053) ch f Teofilo - Katdogawn: a half-sister to the Listed-placed Oor Jock and out of a multiple Grade 2 winner


    1056) b c Kodiac - Lady Lucia: brother to Group 2 winner Adaay


    1060) b c Slade Power - Layla Jamil: half-brother to last season’s high-class two-year-old Birchwood


    1071) b f Sea The Stars - Mark Of An Angel: half-sister to this year’s Park Express Stakes winner Queen Blossomkk


    1075) b c Slade Power - Miranda Frost: half-brother to this season’s promising two-year-old Eqtiraan, who had Rivet behind him when making a successful debut at Ascot en route to running third in the Solario Stakes


    1078) b c Camelot - Miss Corinne: the half-brother to multiple Group 3 winner Sandiva and Listed winner Wentworth


    1086) b f Oasis Dream - Noyelles: a half-sister to Listed winners Lily’s Angel and Zurigha (by another son of Green Desert in Cape Cross), both of whom were Group 1-placed


    1102) b c Sea The Stars - Quad’s Melody: the half-brother to Challenge Stakes winner Here Comes When


    1106) b c Slade Power - Rajeem: out of the shock 2006 Falmouth Stakes winner


    1133) gr c Kodiac - Spinamix: a half-brother to no fewer than six stakes horses including Group 3 winner Sans Sicharia


    1139) b f Zoffany - Tahara: half-sister to Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Gilt Edge Girl as well as Flying Childers Stakes winner Godfrey Street


    1144) b c Sea The Moon - Village Fete: half-brother to current Group 3 winner Kings Fete


    1147) b f Zoffany - Wewantitall: half-sister to two Scandinavian champions in Bank Of Burden, the winner of no fewer than 19 races, and Rock Of Ridd



    1155) b c Kingman - Anna’s Rock: the only Kingman catalogued, he is a half-brother to the classy Breton Rock



    1163) b c Galileo - Bewitched: the only Galileo catalogued, he is out of a Group 3 winner



    1166) b f Oasis Dream - Boastful: the first foal out of a Listed winner from a fine sprinting family


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    All eyes, however, will be on the group of foals hailing from the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal that are catalogued to sell at the conclusion of the main catalogue. As in September, the draft is being handled by the Castlebridge Consignment.
    Established by Georges Wildenstein in 1923, the stable has long been at the forefront of racing, particularly in France. There were the four Arc winners, among them champion Allez France, Peintre Celebre, the record-setting winner of 1997, and All Along, that legendary globe-trotter who was champion in both Europe and the US courtesy of victories in the Arc, the Rothmans International, Turf Classic and Washington D.C. International. 

    Daniel Wildenstein died in 2001 but the stable remained in operation and later hit familiar Group 1 heights through Aquarelliste, Beauty Parlour, Planteur and Westerner among others.


    Unsurprisingly, the first round of horses - 17 yearlings and 41 horses in training - attracted a range of powerful investors, among them John Ferguson, who signed at €1.4 million for the Dubawi - Beauty Parlour colt. Ferguson came out on top following a protracted battle with representatives of Peter Brant's White Birch Farm, which ended up signing for four horses worth €1.32 million. Alan Quartucci of the New York-based Northshore Bloodstock was also active, signing for €560,000 worth of stock, as was Eugenio Colombo.


    In all, 57 horses changed hands at an average of €102,789.


    Brant was once a familiar and influential industry figure - at one time he was a principal of Fasig-Tipton; he campaigned that brilliant filly Triptych for part of her career; he was an instrumental figure in the syndicate that moved Mr Prospector from Florida to Claiborne Farm; he bred and owned Gulch and then bred one of his best sons, Thunder Gulch - and so his return to the sport is naturally welcome.


    He also made his presence felt at the recent Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale, where he paid $1.1 million for Grade 2 winner Paid Up Subscriber, and at Keeneland, where he went to $975,000 for a Tapit weanling while assisted by Eugenio Colombo.


    Brant is expected to be at Goffs in person for the final draft of Wildenstein horses.


    Today's group comprises of 20 foals. Another 27 mares and two fillies in training are set to sell tomorrow.


    The draft kicks off with 1183, a filly by Juddmonte’s Kentucky-based Mizzen Mast who is the second foal out of the Listed-placed Galateia, herself a daughter of Group 3 winner Gagnoa.


    Other highlights include:


    1187) b c Dansili - Pacifim Rim: the second foal out of Prix de Malleret heroine Pacific Rim


    1189) b f Invincible Spirit - Peinture Rare: a half-sister to a winner, she is out of a Group 2-winning half-sister to Peintre Celebre


    1198) b c Le Havre - Altamira: the half-sister to Prix du Moulin runner-up Akatea, now running in the US for Joseph Allen. Alongside Peter Brant, Allen was an extremely prominent feature in the success of the first draft of horses


    1201) b f Dansili - Beauty Parlour: the second foal out of 2012 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour, a rare European representative of Deep Impact from the family of legendary Australian galloper Might And Power. The mare’s first foal, a Dubawi colt, realised €1.4 million here to John Ferguson at the Goffs Orby Sale.

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    Remembering two of the Wildenstein family's best horses: Peintre Celebre swoops to take the Arc and Arcangues pulls off a massive upset in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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    Lot 1012: b c Charm Spirit - Dabista (Highest Honor)
    Strong start as Shadwell go to €100,000 for this first-crop son of Charm Spirit from Rathasker Stud. 
    He is only the second foal through this week by his sire, who had another colt sell for €68,000 yesterday. A half-brother to the smart Dabadiyan, he is out of a placed half-sister to the Group 3-placed Dabiroun.
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    Lot 1024: b f Dark Angel - Elshamms (Zafonic)
    One year on from enjoying the €300,000 sale of a Dawn Approach foal, the Flannery family's Esker Lodge Stud hits another high point, this time when selling a Dark Angel filly for €190,000 to Richard Knight.
    She is out of Elshamms, who has been a remarkably consistent producer as the dam of ten winners from as many runners. They include Listed winner Taqseem as well as the Group 2-placed Desert Blossom. 
    Esker Lodge paid just €30,000 for Elshamms at the 2009 Goffs November Mares Sale.
    Her sale followed that of another Dark Angel for €150,000 to Flash Conroy.. Sold by Barnane Stud, he is a half-brother to high-class two-year-old Sweepstake.
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    Lot 1023: b c Garswood - Flare Of Firelight (Birdstone)
    A number of agents have had positive words to say about the first crop of Garswood, who will stand next season for £4,000 at Cheveley Park Stud. This colt pays another compliment by selling for €80,000 to Mescall/Kurt.
    So far, Garswood's average is running at €40,600 for five sold.
    Lot 1023 also provided a terrific return for Ringfort Stud, who paid 9,000gns for his dam at the 2014 Tattersalls December Mares Sale. Flare Of Firelight is out of champion Shiva, who hasn't exactly set the world alight at stud with four minor winners from eight runners to her credit. But her daughters are proving to be successful producers; Eccentricity is the dam of this season's Group 3-placed filly Radiantly while Tymora bred last year's Coventry Stakes runner-up Eltezam.
    Further back, this is the celebrated Niarchos family of Light Shift and Main Sequence.
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    Lot 1072: br c Sea The Stars - Martine's Spirit (Invincible Spirit)
    Rabbah Bloodstock makes a first play, going to €180,000 for this well connected colt sold by Nuala Lynch.
    He is the first foal out of his winning dam, a half-sister to Listed winner My Renee, herself that dam of Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Banimpire. His third dam is Arc heroine Detroit.
    So far today, 36 foals have sold for an average of €62,139.
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    Lot 1086: b f Oasis Dream - Noyelles (Docksider)
    Noyelles has been one of the real success stories of recent years. Picked up by Alice Nugent for just €20,000 at Arqana in 2007, she was immediately successful at stud as the dam of Group 3 winner Lily's Angel, also Group 1-placed, and Listed scorer Zurigha in her first two seasons at stud.
    In light of those early returns, Noyelles has also been financially rewarding to her owners, Sir Nicholas and Lady Nugent, and that trend continues today with the sale of her Oasis Dream filly to Phillip Stauffenberg.
    "The filly is a very good walker and she's correct," said Stauffenberg, a regular high end pinhooker at this sale. "I like the family - I actually tried to buy Incahoots [under the second dam] last year but she was too dear [Incahoots topped the first day of last year's Tattersalls December Mares Sale when sold for €450,000 to Wertheimer et Frere and subsequently won a Listed race]. It's a very good family - a particularly good filly family with a lot of speed."
    The unraced Noyelles is a Docksider daughter of Group 3 winner Bellarida, an influential producer. Daughters In Clover, Bayourida and Bellona were each stakes winners and have since established successful lines of their own: In Clover is the dam of Group 1 winner We Are and Incahoots, Bayourida bred Listed winner Telluride while Bellona is the granddam of Dominant and Es Que Love.
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    Lot 1102: br c Sea The Stars - Quad's Melody (Spinning World)
    "Sea The Stars is a very exciting stallion, top-class," said Jonno Mills after signing at €240,000 for a second colt by the stallion on behalf of Rabbah Bloodstock. His other purchase was 1072, who cost €180,000.
    This particular youngster is a half-brother to Andrew Balding's talented miler Here Comes When and out of Prix d'Aumale heroine Quad's Melody, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Bonapartiste.
    "He's a lovely colt who fits the profile we're after," said Mills. "We'll take him back home and make a plan for him next year.
    "We've bought a few foals in the past. It was just difficult to buy yearlings this year."
    The colt was bred by Old Carhue and Graeng Bloodstock and sold by Old Carhue Stud.
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    Lot 1121: b c Invincible Spirit - Sharapova (Elusive Quality)
    Abbey Farm adds a high-profile colt to their list with the purchase of this brother to the Group 1-placed Lottie Dod from the Irish National Stud for €150,000. 
    Out of the winning Sharapova, he is also a half-brother to Railway Stakes runner-up Rockaway Valley.
    He is the second purchase of the week for Abbey Farm following a €68,000 Charm Spirit colt and boosts Invincible Spirit's average to €155,000 for two sold.
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    Lot 1125: gr f Dark Angel - Sioduil (Oasis Dream)
    Noel O'Callaghan has enjoyed plenty of success over the years with Dark Angel - look no further than this year's smart filly Nations Alexander - so it's little surprise to see him target this filly, a half-sister to Roses Stakes winner Mind Of Madness bred by Jacqueline Norris.
    At €230,000, she becomes the dearest filly of the week and the third foal to break the €200,000 barrier. 
    Sioduil cost Norris' Jockey Hall Stud just €21,000 in this ring in 2010
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    Lot 1133: gr c Kodiac - Spinamix (Spinning World)
    One day after producing the session-topper, Lisa Kelly's Spinamix family is to the fore again through another Kodiac foal, who sells for €130,000 to Mags O'Toole.
    While yesterday's youngster is out of Spinaminnie, lot 1133 is out of Spinamix herself; the mare has bred no fewer than six stakes horses including Chartwell Stakes winner San Sicharia and Listed scorers Spin Cycle and Tucuman - not bad for a mare who was acquired for 10,000gns through the CBA in 2003.
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    Lot 1140: b f Acclamation - Tecla (Whipper)
    Ghislain Bozo of Meridian International strikes at €185,000 for this filly from the fine Gerry Oldham family of Ectot and Most Improved. 
    Airlie Stud paid 190,000gns for her dam Tecla in 2013 and thanks to this filly, her second foal, they aren't far off recouping their initial outlay.
    Tecla is one of eight winners out of Listed scorer Mahalia, who clicked with Acclamation to produce last year's Criterium International runner-up Johnny Barnes. She is also the dam of Group 3 winner Albisola and Tonnara, dam of Ectot and Most Improved, while another Whipper daughter out of the mare, Malaspina, is responsible for this year's Group 3 winner Thikriyaat.
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    Lot 1155: b c Kingman - Anna's Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar)
    One of the most highly anticipated lots of the day was this colt, the sole Kingman catalogued, and he doesn't disappoint, selling to Stephen Collins on behalf of Shadwell Estates for €320,000.
    Ross Doyle was the underbidder on the colt, who was sold by Ballybin Stud on behalf of Knockenduff stud.
    He is the sixth foal out of Fairy Bridge Stakes winner Anna's Rock, whose three winners include Hungerford Stakes scorer Breton Rock. Fittingly in light of the dispersal coming up, he descends from Albertine, one of the Wildenstein's most influential mares who bred Arcangues.
    "He's by an incredibly exciting freshman stallion," said Collins. "He was a four-time Group 1 winner.
    "We have a number of Kingman foals on the stud and we're impressed with them. This colt is a nice, racy type with a good pedigree and we thought he would complement what we have at home. Sheikh Hamdan was very keen to have him."
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    1187) b c Dansili - Pacific Rim (Singspiel)
    Peter Brant's White Birch Farm, which signed for four horses worth €1.32 million at the first round of the dispersal in September, jump right back in, outbidding Stephen Collins and Yeomanstown Stud at €320,000 for this colt.
    He is the second foal out of Prix de Malleret heroine Pacific Rim, a half-sister to Prix Hocquart winner Prairie Star.
    Brant, who is here in person with his son, swiftly followed up with the purchase of a Kendargent granddaughter of Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Porlezza for €110,000 and a Lope de Vega colt for €40,000.
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    The Wildenstein foals are showing Authorized in a good light. Both his representatives have sold well with Jonno Mills signing at €90,000 for a colt out of Morning Line and Stephen Hillen going to €85,000 for a colt out of Venetian Beauty.
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    Brant's next purchase is 1194, a smart Kendargent filly out of Vieux Maisons who costs €70,000. She is the second foal out of her dam, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Volga and Vallee Enchantee from the Wildensteins' wonderful Venise family.
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    Lot 1195: b c Shamardal - Visalia (Dansili)
    Kentucky-based pinhooker Gerry Dilger of Dromoland Farm strikes at €150,000 for this colt, a grandson of 1,000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters.
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    Lot 1199: b f Siyouni - Amerique (Galileo)
    After an opening bid of €100,000, this granddaughter of champion Aquarelliste becomes the sale's top lot at €775,000. Peter Brant actually came off second best on this filly, giving way to Stephen Collins of Shadwell Estates. Tom Goff was also among the underbidders.
    "We bought a Siyouni filly in August and sent him a mare this year," said Collins. "We've pencilled in a few to send to him next year. He's a very exciting young stallion and this was just a gorgeous filly with the walk to go with it.
    "With that pedigree she will make a lovely addition to the broodmare band at some stage."
    She is the second foal out of her Listed-placed dam, who is a half-sister to Listed winner Ame Bleue, also Group 1-placed. They are out of Aquarelliste, who won the Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille for Elie Lellouche. 
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    Lot 1201: b f Dansili - Beauty Parlour (Deep Impact)
    Another who will race for White Birch Farm in due course after selling for €430,000. She is the second foal out of her Classic-winning dam, who sells tomorrow in foal to Kingman.
    Representatives of White Birch declined to comment on the purchase.
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    ALHEBAYEB: 42 offered, 27 sold for an average of €14,352
    BATTLE OF MARENGO: 30 offered, 19 sold for an average of €14,247
    BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE: 30 offered, 18 sold for an average of €9,281
    CHARM SPIRIT: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of €57,000
    COACH HOUSE: 1 offered, sold for €40,000
    DUNADEN: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of €11,500
    ES QUE LOVE: 10 offered, 4 sold for an average of €16,375
    GALE FORCE TEN: 34 offered, 21 sold for an average of €11,819
    GARSWOOD: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of €40,600
    GREGORIAN: 4 offered, 3 sold for an average of €15,417
    HEERAAT: 10 offered, 9 sold for an average of €11,833
    KINGMAN; 1 offered, sold for €320,000
    KINGSBARNS: 1 offered, not sold
    MAGICIAN: 1 offered, sold for €14,000
    MOOHAAJIM: 13 offered, 9 sold for an average of €23,222
    MORPHEUS: 33 offered, 18 sold for an average of €12,394
    MUKHADRAM: 9 offered, 5 sold for an average of €16,300
    NO NAY NEVER: 6 offered, 6 sold for an average of €44,333
    OLYMPIC GLORY: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of €41,200
    RULER OF THE WORLD: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of €39,700
    SEA THE MOON: 4 offered, 2 sold for an average of €65,000
    SLADE POWER: 16 offered, 14 sold for an average of €26,000
    TORONADO: 7 offered, 5 sold for an average of €15,900
    WAR COMMAND: 17 offered, 10 sold for an average of €19,150
    XTENSION: 10 offered, 3 sold for an average of €1,667
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    Offered: 156
    Sold: 129 (83%)
    Aggregate: €10,009,500 (-20%)
    Average: €77,593 (-4%)
    Median: €56,000 (+2%)
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    Offered: 17
    Sold: 17
    Aggregate: €2,616,000
    Average: €153,882
    Leading buyer: White Birch Farm, 5 bought for a total of €980,000
    Comment ()
    Following the conclusion of the Goffs November Foal Sale, Henry Beeby commented:



    "That is the word that has been used as much as any when describing the foal market this week. Indeed, the difference between the start and end of the sale has been palpable as has been the atmosphere depending on the perceived commerciality of each foal as they entered the sales ring. So we have enjoyed a vibrant trade for the most sought after with several multiple bidder duels and some significant prices at the top of the market headed, of course, by the final 17 lots that made up the foal section of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal that was topped by the daughter of Siyouni at €775,000.


    "However just a couple of days ago it was a very different picture with a contracted market and a drop in figures, most notably the clearance rates. Indeed, the warning signs at the foal sales last autumn have proved prophetic and there should be no shying away from the fact that it was very tough for many breeders as the market spoke loud and clear.


    "The 2017 yearling market is the goal for the majority of buyers and they will have had this year’s sales firmly in their mind as they made their assessments. They will have recalled a mighty Orby Sale full of international buyers battling it out for the cream of the crop. Those foals that look likely to make that grade were keenly sought and we look forward to seeing many of them back here next year as they head to their new homes for the winter. However at some other yearling sales here and elsewhere it was tougher going and far more selective, so it is no surprise to see the most likely candidates for those sales proving less popular this week. Maybe that is always the case but it certainly appeared starker the further back in the week you look.


    "Of course the Goffs November Foal Sale has truly been one of the success stories of recent years with a simply storming trade over the last five years. Nothing can rise forever and there has quite clearly been a readjustment over the last five days, notwithstanding several special moments today.


    "Further reflection will no doubt take place over the winter but for now we immediately turn our attention to a very attractive selection of Breeding Stock over the next two days."

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    LEADING SIRES BY AVERAGE (more than one sold)
    DANSILI: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of €385,000
    SIYOUNI: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €290,667
    OASIS DREAM: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of €190,000
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    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 35 sold for a total of €3,267,500
    IRISH NATIONAL STUD: 28 sold for a total of €715,200
    BARODA & COLBINSTOWN STUDS: 14 sold for a total of €538,000
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    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: four bought for a total of €1,315,000
    WHITE BIRCH FARM: 5 bought for a total of €980,000
    TALLY-HO STUD: 23 bought for a total of €853,500
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    1199) b f Siyouni - Amérique (Galileo), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal for €775,000 to Shadwell Estate Company
    1201) b f Dansili - Beauty Parlour (Deep Impact),  sold by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal for €450,000 to White Birch Farm
    1155) b c Kingman - Anna's Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar), sold by Ballybin Stud for €320,000 to Shadwell Estate Company
    1187) b c Dansili - Pacific Rim (Singspiel), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal for €320,000 to White Birch Farm
    Comment ()
    Offered: 1,041
    Sold: 694 (67%)
    Aggregate: €20,048,350 (-22%)
    Average: €28,888 (-10%)
    Colts average: €29,191
    Fillies average: €29,041
    Median: €15,000 (-17%)
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