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Goffs November Foal Sale - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news live from the Goffs November Foal Sale

    Welcome to the fourth day of the Goffs November Sale. 

    Extended to five days this year for the first time since 2008, the sale has predictably gained momentum as the week has gone on, as illustrated yesterday when the six-figure mark was reached by a son of Lope De Vega who sold for €105,000 to Manister House Stud.

    As usual, tomorrow's session promises to be the strongest - while there may not be a Frankel catalogued this time around, Galileo, Dubawi, Oasis Dream and Invincible Spirit are among the leading sires represented. 

    However, today should feature its share of highlights too. Those that look interesting on paper include:

    798) b c Havana Gold - Chanter: now a half-brother to four winners including Wajeez, who earned a quote of 20/1 for the Derby after running away with his debut at Nottingham for John Gosden

    844) ch f Camacho - Grandel: half-sister to tough, talented sprinters Tax Free and Inxile. Her close relation, a Society Rock filly, sells as lot 908.

    924) ch f Dandy Man - Radiant Energy: half-sister to Cornwallis Stakes winner Electric Waves and Grade 2-placed Appealing

    941) ch c Bated Breath - Sesmen: a half-brother to recent two-year-old winner Chastushka, this colt is out of Prestige Stakes winner Sesmen

    954) b f Epaulette - Snowfield: half-brother to Listed winner Time Of Love as well as classy two-year-old Voice Of Love, a Listed winner since the publication of the catalogue
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    First-crop sires are particularly well represented at this year's renewal, with 18 stallions responsible for a total of 228 foals.

    The first Dawn Approach foal through a ring this season advertised his sire to good effect last night (lot 731) when selling for €70,000 to McKeever Bloodstock. The Darley stallion has another 15 catalogued to sell from today while the remaining 11 by 2,000 Guineas and Derby hero Camelot are due to sell tomorrow.

    Buyers, meanwhile, haven't been short of opportunities this week to view progeny by Epaulette, Red Jazz or Tally-Ho's Society Rock.

    Darley shuttler Epaulette has 42 catalogued and heads into the fourth day with an average of €21,384 for 19 sold. Ballyhane's Red Jazz has 43 entries and is currently returning an average of €13,068 for 25 sold while Tally-Ho's Society Rock, who has 37 entries, boasts an average of €21,059 for 17 sold.

    You can follow all the stats from the sale here.
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    Lot 764: b c Cape Cross - Alimony (Groom Dancer)

    A good few minutes for Airlie Stud as they sell colts by Bahamian Bounty and Cape Cross for €72,000 and €85,000.

    James Ryan came away with the Bahamian Bounty colt, a half-brother to the Listed-placed City Of Tribes. He is one of just 31 registered foals by his sire, who was retired from stud duty at the National Stud earlier this year.

    Richard O'Gorman, who often signs on behalf of Darley, was the successful bidder on the Cape Cross colt. From the famous Bloomsbury family of Pushy, he is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Naxos Beach and out of a winning Green Desert half-sister to Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Thrilling Day.
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    Lot 794: br c Harbour Watch - Cape Joy (Cape Cross)

    The six-figure mark is breached for the first time today by this colt from the second crop of Harbour Watch, who sells for €120,000 to Shadwell Estates. Stephen Collins signed the ticket.

    Sold by Altenbach Bloodstock and bred by Powerstown Stud, the colt is the first foal out of the winning  Cape Joy, a half-sister to Listed winner Hymn Of Love. Cape Joy was a reasonably inexpensive 22,000gns purchase through Rathasker Stud while carrying this colt last year.
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    Lot 798: b c Havana Gold - Chanter (Lomitas)

    A feather in the cap for Havana Gold as this colt, a half-brother to exciting two-year-old Wajeez, sells for €80,000 to Mags O'Toole.

    Wajeez, also a Goffs graduate (February Sale), made a highly impressive debut last month when bolting up in a maiden at Nottingham for John Gosden. The pair are out of the unraced Chanter, a half-sister to King George hero Belmez.

    Moments later, Havana Gold received another vote of confidence when Silverdale Farm paid €77,000 for a colt out of Deux Saisons from Knocktoran Stud. He is the first foal out of his dam, a winning half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Tin Horse.

    Their sales bring Havana Gold's average to €50,400 for five sold.

    There will be no shortage of opportunities to follow the sire's progeny at Tattersalls next week, where he has 49 catalogued.
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    Lot 818: gr c Swiss Spirit - Enchanting Way (Linamix)

    Young sires continue to be all the rage - as one pinhooker put it just now: 'it's bonkers for the young or upwardly mobile sires. For anything other than that, it's not so good'.

    This particular youngster, from the first crop of Whitsbury Manor Stud's Swiss Spirit, attracted a host of followers, notably Mick Flanagan, who outbid Eddie O'Leary among others at €72,000. Sold by Ballincurrig House Stud on behalf of Blackberry Road Stud, he is a half-brother to three winners and out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Ashkal Way as well as Sentiero Italia, who has been Grade 1-placed since the publication of the catalogue.

    This colt is the last of five by Swiss Spirit to go through Goffs this week - the stallion ends the sale with an average of €31,500 for four sold. Like Havana Gold, the son of Invincible Spirit will be well represented at Tattersalls next week, in his case by 32 foals.

    "I'm delighted with the Swiss Spirits I've seen at Goffs," said Ed Harper of Whitsbury Manor Stud. "Lot 818 was a lovely colt and I know of plenty of nice ones going to Tatts next week. They seem to have inherited their sire's strength."

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    Lot 824: gr c Zoffany - Far Away Eyes (High Chaparral)

    A new top mark for this year's sale as Jamie Railton outbids Timmy Hyde at €150,000 for this colt by leading first-crop sire Zoffany from Seskin Stud.

    He is the first foal out of the unplaced Far Away Eyes, a half-sister to Listed winner Corrine from the family of recent Australian Group 1 winner Magic Hurricane.

    "It's a German family I know well," said Railton. "There's a bit going on - Lucky Speed has been Group 1-placed again and you have Magic Hurricane in there. 

    "He'll come back next autumn. In terms of Sterling, I thought he'd make around that. He's the first one I've bought this week - it's very strong for the right horse."

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    Lot 829: b c Zoffany - Flamenco Red (Warning)

    A second six-figure colt of the day for Zoffany. Bobby O'Ryan signs at €120,000 for this colt, who is a half-brother to four winners including the Listed-placed Customary. His dam, dual winner Flamenco Red, is a half-sister to Listed winner Spanish Don from Juddmonte's fine Bahamian family of Oasis Dream and Kingman.

    "A lovely horse who will come back as a yearling," said O'Ryan, acting on behalf of an undisclosed client. "The sire looks to be the business.

    "Anything that's nice has been selling really well so I thought he'd make around that."

    So far this week, Zoffany has had 18 foals sell for an average of €38,444.

    He is due to stand for €45,000 in 2016.
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    Lot 873: b c Holy Roman Emperor - Lafite (Robellino)

    Comes close to becoming the fourth six-figure lot of the day when falling to Abbey Farm for €90,000. Out of Listed winner Lafite, he is a half-brother to the Group 2-placed juvenile Layali Al Andalus as well as the dam of the Group 3-placed Number Theory. It is the further family of Imperial Dancer.
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    With approximately 100 lots still to sell today, first-crop sires continue to hold sway at the head of the sires' list. 

    Commercial veteran Acclamation is also enjoying a good sale Pour Moi, who has several promising two-year-olds in his first crop including Only Mine and Mr Khalid, has had two sell for an average of €44,000.

    The stats, for those with more than one sold, read as follows:

    Dawn Approach: 2 sold for an average of €59,000

    Havana Gold: 5 sold for an average of €50,4000

    Acclamation: 4 sold for an average of €48,250

    Pour Moi: 2 sold for an average of €44,000

    Showcasing: 2 sold for an average of €43,500

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    Lot 904: b f Kodiac - Na Zdorovie (Cockney Rebel)

    They all followed in this filly and after an opening bid, it is Colm McEvoy of Osberstown Stud that wins the day at €137,000 after outbidding Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock.

    Ross Doyle, who signed the ticket, said: "We thought she was the nicest filly here and she's by a very good stallion, one we've had a lot of luck with. She's been bought by Colm McEvoy to resell next year, perhaps in Book 1."

    Sold by Galberstown Stud, she is the second foal out of a winning sister to high-class miler Slim Shadey.
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    Lot 900: b c Society Rock - Morinda (Selkirk)

    A new high for Tally-Ho's Society Rock as Yeomanstown Stud go to €95,000 for this colt, the second foal out of a close relation to Molly Malone and Monsun from Jockey Hall Stud.

    His sale brings Society Rock's average for the week to €25,273 for 22 sold.

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    So far, the O'Callaghan's Yeomanstown Stud have spent close to €300,000 on six foals. 

    However, leading the way is Tally-Ho Stud, another O'Callaghan operation, with 17 bought for a total of €559,000. Their purchases include lot 924, a Dandy Man half-sister to Cornwallis Stakes heroine Electric Waves who cost €65,000.
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    Lot 933: ch c Raven's Pass - Roshanak (Spinning World)

    The close relation to Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente becomes the fifth foal to break the six-figure barrier when selling for €110,000 to Brendan Holland's Grove Stud.

    Sold by Blackcut Stud, he is a half-brother to three winners and out of a winning half-sister to Fiorente. This is a noted Ballymacoll family that descends from Hellenic, dam of Islington and Greek Dance.

    "The stallion's had a good year with his two-year-olds," said Holland. "He's a good type of colt."

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    Lot 962: b f Maxios - Summer Dream (Oasis Dream)

    This filly from Airlie Stud will carry the colours of her sire, Maxios, after selling to the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables for €62,000.

    An excellent advert for her sire, who stands at Gestut Fahrhof in Germany, she is the first foal out of the placed Summer Dream, a half-sister to Listed winner Orange Sun. Her third dam, Field Of Hope, won the Prix de la Foret before breeding five stakes performers for Franco Vittadini led by Group 3 winner Dormello and 2,000 Guineas third Olympian Odyssey.

    "She's been bought to race," said Alan Cooper. "She's a lovely filly. We raced the mare - she was with Marco Botti - and bred this filly with Franco Vittadini - it's one of his lovely families that he's developed.

    "We sent quite a few mares to Maxios and we're very pleased with the foals."

    Cooper added that Maxios will be available to view in Deauville during the Arqana December Sale.

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    Lot 969: b c Zoffany - Taking Liberties (Royal Academy)

    The sale of this colt for €80,000 to Mags O'Toole brings Zoffany's average for the sale to €40,591. This colt is a half-brother to 11 winners, including Listed scorer Troubadour and Qatar Derby hero Roman Legend, and was sold by Amber Lodge.
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    Lot 923: b c Excelebration - Queen Arabella (Medicean)

    The duo of Geoffrey Howson and Matthew Houldsworth, who officially joined forces back in the summer, came away earlier this evening with one of the more pricier lots of the day, an Excelebration colt for €75,000. Sold by Kellsgrange Stud, he is the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to Group 3 winner Poet from the famous Meon Valley family of Bella Colora - a line that Geoffrey Howson knows well.

    After Geoffrey was tracked down, he expanded on the colt's appeal.

    "He's from the Bella Colora family - I was involved in the original purchases of those Meon Valley foundation mares so it's a family I know well," he said. "We both thought this was an exceptionally nice colt. 

    "I thought there were some lovely Excelebration foals at the sales last year and we were very pleased to be able to buy a yearling by him at the sales this autumn."

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    Lot 988: b f Kodiac - Vee Gita (Vettori)

    A late highlight as this filly, who is out of a half-sister to Vale Of York (by Kodiac's half-brother Vale Of York), sells for €140,000 to Kilmoney Cottage Stud.

    Sold by Killarney Mor Farm, she is a half-sister to two winners including two-year-old Responsibleforlove, a winner since the publication of the catalogue.
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    CUMULATIVE STATS (days 1 - 4)

    Offered: 873

    Sold: 652

    Aggregate: €13,288,500

    Average: €20,381

    Median: €14,000

    Top price: €150,000, paid by Jamie Railton for lot 824) c Zoffany - Far Away Eyes, sold by Seskin Stud

    Leading buyer: Tally-Ho Stud, 18 bought for a total of €579,000

    Leading vendor: The Castlebridge Consignment, 15 sold for a total of €474,200
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    Tomorrow's session - traditionally the strongest - starts at 11am. A likely star is this colt, Lot 1182, the Galileo half-brother to Lilbourne Lad from Swordlestown Little.

    Photo: Goffs 

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