Another 27 mares, 20 foals and two fillies in training will sell at the Goffs November Sale on 17 - 18 November.
Last year's Orby featured four seven figure lots led by a Raven's Pass daughter of Spirit Of Tara who sold for €2 million to Moyglare Stud Farm - remarkably it was the third occasion that a yearling bred by Pat O'Kelly out of Spirit Of Tara had topped the auction. Now named Tocco d'Amore, she is in training with Dermot Weld.
Spirit Of Tara, meanwhile, is again represented at this sale by a Declaration Of War colt who will sell tomorrow as lot 290.
The aggregate rose by 1.3 per cent to €38,953,500 for 373 horses sold. The average dipped 4 per cent to €104,433 while the median fell 11 per cent to €62,000.
Today's session starts at 10am.
"He was always a very good-looking, straightforward horse," Flash Conroy of Glenvale Stud said yesterday."He had been very well reared by the Stacks, they did a fantastic job. The Stacks are great breeders, they really understand the business and it's always a pleasure for us to sell for them."
"She's a beautiful, quality filly and we're delighted to get her," said Harry Herbert. "Obviously Camelot spent his early years at Highclere Stud so it's been very interesting to see his progeny. He seems to be stamping his yearlings - he has some lovely stock."
"He's a very good looking colt by a very good sire," said Malherbe. "We like Scat Daddy a lot as a stallion. He'll go to Mike de Kock."
"We bought the mare in America and have bred everything out of her so far," said Timmy Hyde of Camas Park Stud. "Little Voice is a good filly, Charlie [Hills] likes her. Then she had a Blame filly that unfortunately died in training. Then we sent her back to Scat Daddy."We had a lot of Scat Daddy yearlings this year so we decided to mix them up a bit and bring one over. This was always a beautiful horse."
Another strike for Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock as he goes to €240,000 for this filly, another six-figure lot by Declaration Of War. As with the Scat Daddy colt, she has been bought to race for Mary Slack.
“Sometimes you have to pay a bit more for the ones you like,” said Malherbe. “She’s a beautiful filly with a beautiful pedigree. We’ll sit down after the sale and decide if she’ll stay here to be trained or one of the ones that goes to South Africa.”
Bred by Ben Sangster and another good result for vendor Camas Park Stud, she is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed True Verdict and the Listed-placed Foolish Ambition. This is a family that has been kind to the Sangsters over the years since they also own Foolish Act's Listed-winning half-sister Crystal Crossing - she bred St Leger winner Rule Of Law and her own Declaration Of War filly comes up tomorrow as lot 452.
"We had Hamas [1993 July Cup winner] out of Fall Aspen and [Prix d'Astarte winner] Elle Seule, who bred Elnadim and Mehthaaf for us," he said. "So it's a family we know very well."Fall Aspen was one the best broodmares since the war - if this colt is any good, he has a stallions pedigree. He's also a full brother to a horse who was a very good two-year-old and he's a racy looking colt. We're very happy to have got him."
"It seems that with anything regarding Galileo, you can't go wrong," said Magnier. "Whether it's 7f horses or Derby types, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, older horses...he gets them all. And as a broodmare sire, he seems to work with anything."This filly is a sister to what was a very good filly in Together Forever, who we bought as a yearling, and out of a very good mare."
"We were a bit unlucky to run into Mr Zayat!" said Merry, who was signing on behalf of Jim Hay. "I've had a lot of luck buying for Mr. Hay out of the few we've bought here. This colt will go to David Simcock."
"She's a lovely Shamardal filly from a good stakes family," said Varian, who was making his first purchase of the day. "Hopefully she'll be a good race filly for Sheikh Obaid and then who knows, perhaps later on she'll be one to go to Dubawi."
"I thought he was an outstanding colt," said Browne. "The mare was a good filly and it's a solid pedigree. Really it's all about the individual - he's a lovely colt - but the pedigree stacks up too."
"He's for an international racing partnership to race," said Nicoll. "He's a big, strong, powerful colt. It's a brilliant pedigree."
Zayat won five races during his first European stint in 2006 with horses trained by Jeremy Noseda, David Simcock and Neville Callaghan. However, he hasn't been an active participant in Europe until this August when acquiring a Frankel colt through Casse at the August Sale.
When questioned about a possible return to European racing last November, Zayat remarked: “It’s something we might revisit as the gene pool in Europe is different and very good. And then there’s the beauty of it."
Luckily for European racing, those thoughts have come to fruition.
"I thought he was a gorgeous horse," said Collins. "Obviously he's a brother to Cable Bay but at the same time he had everything - quality, presence, demeanour, a great page. Sheikh Hamdan loved him when he saw him and again it's a stallion's pedigree, so if he's good enough, he could come back and be a stallion for us in the future."There were some strong underbidders, which is always a good sign."