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Goffs November Foal Sale - Day Four - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action from the fourth day of the Goffs November Foal Sale with here live blog

    Welcome to day four of the Goffs November Sale. The first three days have featured a lively trade for the better lots but, as has been typical of the market throughout the year, it's been tough going for those that 'don't tick the boxes'. Day one, predictably, was particularly difficult; presented with offering a number of foals with blank pages and/or by questionable stallions, the opening day ended with a clearance rate of 47 per cent and average of €7,634.

    However, by yesterday trade had picked up enough to push the overall average to €12,978. Yesterday's sale also featured a first six-figure lot in a €105,000 daughter of Kodiac, who was knocked down to Tally-Ho Stud - they've already picked up nine foals worth close to €270,000.

    Tomorrow - the final day of the Foal Sale - is annually the strongest of the auction and indeed, it is at the end of tomorrow’s session that the Wildenstein foals take their turn.


    However, today promises to have its share of highlights. There is healthy representation from various pinhooker favourites, including Dark Angel, Kodiac and Zoffany, as well as potential first-crop commercial standouts such as Charm Spirit, No Nay Never, Slade Power, Toronado and War Command.


    And among those particularly well connected on their dam’s side are:


    779) b f The Factor - Fifth Avenue Doll: by a son of War Front who has already sired a Grade 1 winner in his first crop, this filly is a half-sister to St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos     


    802) b c Zoffany - Igreja: out of a South African Group 1 winner


    816) b c Rock Of Gibraltar - Lady Dettoria: half-brother to this season’s Flame Of Tara Stakes winner Sea Of Grace


    901) ch c Casamento - Skiphall: half-brother to Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes winner Folk Opera


    908) b f Camelot - Spring Star: daughter of a dual Grade 2 winner


    961) b c No Nay Never - Amethyst: a half-brother to six winners, this colt is out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Amethyst, a sister to King Of Kings   


    994) b c Slade Power - Carry On Katie: out of the dominant two-year-old filly of 2003, whose wins included the Cheveley Park Stakes

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    No fewer than 340 of the 1,202 strong catalogue are by first-season sires - that's 28 per cent of the catalogue.
    Leading the way with 47 is Tara Stud's Alhebayeb, the 2012 July Stakes winner who owes plenty popularity to his sire Dark Angel. Tara Stud ran an effective advert earlier in the week stating that Alhebayeb was 'the only word of Arabic you'll need for the next two weeks' while offering an useful hint on how to pronounce the horse, helpful in light of the numbers he has catalogued.
    The Irish National Stud's Gale Force Ten has 37 as has Tally-Ho's Morpheus. Rathasker Stud's Bungle Inthejungle is also well represented with 34. Ballyhane Stud's Battle Of Marengo is close behind on 33.
    Today features a cluster of foals by other first-crop sires such as Charm Spirit, No Nay Never, Slade Power and Toronado. 
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    Always interesting to hear first-crop sire chat. David Powell of Catridge Farm Stud has good words to say for several of the Alhebayeb foals alongside War Command.
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    Lot 751: ch c Mastercraftsman - Dance Avenue (Sadler's Wells)
    An early highlight is this colt, who sells out of the Woodford Stud draft for €70,000 to Blandford Bloodstock. A half-brother to Ed Walker's highly regarded Ultimate Avenue, the winner of his second start at Newbury this season, he is out of an unraced mare from the family of Indian Haven.
    "I think Mastercraftsman is underrated," said Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, "and this colt is a half-brother to a good two-year-old who is with a very good young trainer in Ed Walker, so you'd be hopeful of an update next year. He's been bought for resale next year."
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    Lot 767: ch f Sea The Moon - Donnelly's Hollow (Docksider)
    First Sea The Moon foal through this week returns a favourable impression, selling for €40,000 to the BBA Ireland. Sold by Airlie Stud, she hails from a fine family associated with the stud as a granddaughter of Fair Of The Furze, dam of champion White Muzzle as well as Listed winner Elfaslah, in turn dam of Almutawakel.
    German Derby winner Sea The Moon, the first son of Sea The Stars to stud who stands at Lanwades, has four foals catalogued this week.
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    Lot 779: b f The Factor - Fifth Avenue Doll (Marquetry)
    One of the better bred lots of the day, this half-sister to St Leger hero Arctic Cosmos, sells for €50,000 to Red Gorse Farm.
    She is from the third crop of her Grade 1-winning sire, a son of War Front who stands at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. The Factor has made a good start with his first two-year-olds in the US, where he is the sire of Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes winner Noted And Quoted.
    Offered by Iadora Farm, she is a half-sister to five winners in total. The family will also be on show at Tattersalls next week when Fifth Avenue Doll's yearling filly by Data Link comes under the hammer.
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    Lot 814: b c Dark Angel - La Reine de Pearls (Dubawi)
    New top lot for the day - Mags O'Toole goes to €82,000 for this son of Dark Angel from the family of 1,000 Guineas third Vista Bella (who sells here on Friday).
    The colt was sold by Baroda & Colbinstown Studs, who retained his winning dam while carrying this colt for €65,000 at last year's Goffs November Sale.
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    Lot 822: b c Cape Cross - Laureldean Spirit (Whipper)
    Geoffrey Howson and Matt Houldsworth continue a productive week with the purchase of this colt from Ballybin Stud. The pair struck yesterday at €60,000 for a Zoffany filly and €52,000 for a No Nay Never colt.
    "He's one of the last foals to come by Cape Cross, an excellent stallion," said Houldsworth of the pinhook prospect. "He vetted well and looks a real improver in the making."
    A half-brother to a triple winner, he is out of a placed half-sister to Falmouth Stakes heroine Nahoodh.
    Howson and Houldsworth also had some forthright opinions on the first crop sires with foals on offer.
    "I've seen a very nice Battle Of Marengo and a nice Garswood," said Howson. "I've also been impressed by the Slade Powers - there are some very nice ones coming up here."
    The pair also had good words to say about No Nay Never, War Command and Ruler Of The World, whose foals have sold for up to €50,000 so far this week.
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    Lot 855: b c Charm Spirit - Nickels And Dimes (Teofilo)
    The first Charm Spirit through the ring gets his sire off to a good start, selling for €68,000 to Abbey Farm. Another good result for Baroda & Colbinstown Studs, he is the second foal out of a winning half-sister to Listed winner Kalahari Gold.
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    Lot 887: b c Kodiac - Romie's Kastett (Halling)
    New top lot as Frannie Woods of Rathbarry Stud emerges successful at €110,000 for this close relation to Norse Dancer. 
    He was bred by Clodagh McStay, in whose colours Romie's Kastett won at Gowran Park in 2010. He is the fifth foal out of his dam, to date responsible for three winners from as many runners. In turn, she is a sister to Norse Dancer.
    His sale brings Kodiac's average for the week to €77,600.
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    Lot 898: b f Dark Angel - Sindjara (Include)
    Good to see Chinese interests active here today. Robert Roulston goes to €90,000 on behalf of Rifa Mustang for this colt, the second foal out of a winning daughter of Lingfield Oaks Trial heroine Sindirana.
    Mustang has horses with Mikael Delzangles and plans call for this filly to join his European string in due course. 
    "She'll probably go into training in Europe," said Roulston, "most likely with Mikael Delzangles. 
    "It's Rifa Mustang's first time at Goffs - we're here until Friday looking at mares."
    Sold by Jockey Hall Stud, she was bred by the Sindjara Partnership out of Sindjara, who was bought by Emerald Bloodstock for €61,000 from the Aga Khan Studs at the 2013 Goffs November Sale.
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    Lot 907: br c Kodiac - Spinaminnie (Moss Vale)
    A day after signing at €70,000 for a Kodiac, Ruairi O’Coileain of Ennistown Stud returns to the fray, this time when going to €150,000 for another by the sire in Linacre House Stud's colt out of Spinaminnie as a pinhook prospect.
    He continues a hot streak for Kodiac, now responsible for each of the top three lots.
    "He's as good a foal as I've seen here," commented O’Coileain. "You have to stretch that little bit extra to get the ones you want - we'll see how smart we are next year!
    "He was very well prepared by Linacre House Stud. They did a great job and at the same time you'd hope there'd be a bit more to come from him as well."
    Bred by vendor Linacre House Stud, the colt is the first foal out of his dam, a winning juvenile for her breeder Lisa Kelly. In turn, she is one of nine winners out of Kelly's excellent producer Spinamix, dam of Group 3 winner San Sicharia in addition to Listed scorers Tucuman, Spin Cycle and Spinacre.
    His sale followed that of a Camacho colt for €85,000 to Yeomanstown Stud, who stands the son of Danehill. He is the second foal out of the Listed-placed Sonning Rose, by Hawk Ring.
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    Lot 941: b c Kodiac - Wonderful Town (Bernstein)
    The Kodiac show continues - this time it is Ballyreddin Stud's colt who takes centre stage when selling for €82,000 to Oaks Farm Stables.
    He is a half-brother to a winner and out of an unraced half-sister to the high-class two-year-old Magic America.
    Kodiac is out on his own at the head of the sale's leading sires' table thanks to seven foals who have sold for an average of €90,000.
    Next best is Dark Angel on €59,250 followed by Cape Cross on €54,500.
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    Lot 972: b c Kodiac - Bailonguera (Southern Halo)
    Desire for Kodiac continues unabated. This colt becomes the fourth foal by the Tally-Ho stallion to sell for €80,000 or more today when knocked down for €85,000 to Hubert Honore of Haras d'Omeel. As a result, Kodiac heads into the final hour of trading as the sire of three of the top four lots.
    This particular colt was bred by Coseda Ltd out of the Argentinean Group 2 winner Bailonguera. She has bred seven winners during her productive stud career so far, among them Listed winner Bayargal and the Listed-placed Bargouzine, in turn dam of Prix de la Porte Maillot winner Baghadur.
    "He's out of an older mare but it's a lovely family associated with Madame Fabre," said Honore of the youngster, sold by Galbertstown Stud. "We think Baghadur could be a very good horse in Hong Kong.
    "He's for a syndicate and we think he'll improve. The plan is to try and resell him next year in France."
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    Lot 988: ch f Olympic Glory - Broadway Duchess (New Approach)
    A significant vote of confidence comes the way of Haras de Bouquetot's Olympic Glory as this filly from his first crop sells for €80,000 to Yeomanstown Stud.
    Sold by Barnane Stud, she is the first foal out of her Listed-placed dam and from the further family of Grade 2 winner Little Treasure.
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    Lot 1110: b c Ruler Of The World - Crystal Morning (Cape Cross)
    The sale ends on a high point with the sale of Middlelane Farm's colt - a fine representation for his young sire - for €96,000 to Flash Conroy of Glenvale Stud. He is the third foal out of a winning half-sister to Group 3 winner Graphic.
    The first crop of Derby winner Ruler Of The World have been well received this week, with other representatives selling for €50,000 and €22,000. He heads into the final day with a sale average of €39,700.
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    Offered: 226
    Sold: 163 (72%)
    Aggregate: €4,825,200 (-22%)
    Average: €29,602 (-18%)
    Median: €26,000 (-7%)
    Top price: €150,000 paid by Ennistown Stud for lot 907) b c Kodiac - Spinaminnie (Moss Vale), sold by Linacre House Stud
    Leading buyer (overall): Tally-Ho Stud, bought 17 for a total of €565,500
    Leading vendor (overall): Baroda & Colbinstown Studs, 9 sold for a total of €369,000
    Leading sire (by average, overall): Kodiac, 8 sold for an average of €83,750
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