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Goffs Orby Yearling Sale - Day One - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the action as it happens on the first day of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale

  • With the yearling sales season in full swing, the next stop on the circuit is the Goffs Orby Sale, undoubtedly Ireland's top yearling sale. And while Goffs have catalogued 454 choicely bred yearlings for buyers to choose from, there is also the added allure this year of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal, which begins straight after the conclusion of tomorrow's session with a group of 18 yearlings and 41 horses in training.

    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.

     

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  • Yearling trade has been a mixed bag so far this season. Goffs opens off the back of a tricky week at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, at which an extra 198 yearlings were catalogued to Part II of the auction. 
     
    As Martin Stevens highlighted in Sunday's Racing Post, only 65 per cent of lots were listed as changing hands during Part II while the average fell 22 per cent. Certainly any mention of Part II yesterday prompted plenty of long faces from buyers and vendors as well as cries of 'overproduction is back!' 
     
    However, trade was reasonably healthy at the GoffsUK Premier Sale while Keeneland's marathon September Sale attracted competitive participation at every level.
     
    There is no doubt that the market remains very selective and that will probably remain the case here - anything that 'ticks all the boxes' will sell very well but those with an issue, such as a cold sire or vet niggle, could end up offering a bit of value. 
     
     
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  • All the major domestic players were working the sales grounds yesterday - Shadwell, Peter and Ross Doyle, Moyglare Stud Farm and Darley (although it remains to be seen whether they will play given their current downsizing) to name but a few - but it could be that the key to this sale is international participation.
     
    American interest in this sale has been growing steadily over the past few years and this year, perhaps spurred on by the Wildenstein dispersal, a number have made the trip over.
     
    Making his first visit is Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables, best known as the owner-breeder of American Pharoah. Well established as one of America's leading owners, Ahmed Zayat did maintain a small European string during the mid noughties, one of whom, Justy, was a €620,000 purchase through Blandford Bloodstock at this sale in 2005.
     
    The Zayats were active at Arqana in August through Justin Casse.
     
    David Ingordo of Lane's End Bloodstock is also making his first trip as is agent Chad Schumer. Shawn Dugan, who was active here last year, has returned. Other American-based buyers on the ground include Wesley Ward, Gatewood Bell, Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Eugenio Colombo and representatives of Calumet Farm.
     
    Goffs have also welcomed three sets of Japanese buyers, representatives of the China Horse Club, Australian outfit Eliza Park International, Mary Slack of Wilgerbosdrift Farm in South Africa  and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
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  • Goffs celebrated their third Group 1-winning Orby graduate of 2016 on Saturday when the remarkably tough The Last Lion won the Middle Park Stakes. The colt, bred by Barronstown Stud and Mrs T. (Liz) Stack, was bought by his trainer Mark Johnston for €82,000 out of the Glenvale Stud draft at last year's sale.
     
    "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."
     
    Glenvale will offer his Power half-brother today as lot 142. In addition to The Last Lion, the colt is also a half-brother to Listed-winning sprinters Contest and Russian Rock. Their dam, Mala Mala, was placed in the Moyglare Stud and Cheveley Park Stakes and is a half-sister to Tommy Stack's 1998 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Tarascon.
     
    Lot 142: Power - Mala Mala
     
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  • Lot 6: ch c Dutch Art - Davie's Lure (Lure)
     
    Tally-Ho Stud, long revered as masters of the pinhooking trade, get off to a strong start with the sale of their Dutch Art colt for €110,000 to Alastair Donald of SackvilleDonald. The O'Callaghans paid 50,000gns for the colt, a half-brother to the stakes-placed Davie's Story and Salure (a champion 2yo in Italy despite never winning a stakes race), at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.
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  • Lot 19: b c Declaration Of War - Dowager (Groom Dancer)
     
    Amanda Skiffington pays €200,000 for this colt, a good advertisement for his first-crop sire. Bred by Lynch Bages and Rhinestone Bloodstock, he is out of Bosra Sham Stakes winner Dowager, the dam of a winner from eight previous foals.
     
    Dowager was bought by her current connections for just 22,000gns through Cormac McCormack at the 2011 Tattersalls December Sale.
     
    Declaration Of War stood a single season for Coolmore in Ireland before switching to their American arm. The son of War Front has proven extremely popular with American breeders, which in turn prompted several associated with his first crop to send a number of his Irish-bred yearlings to sell in Kentucky. At the recent Keeneland September Sale, he returned an average of $147,727 for 11 sold. 
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  • Lot 26: b f Camelot - Effervesce (Galileo)
     
    Camelot's first crop have consistently gained good reviews this year - time will tell whether they can run but so far, he has found favour with a number of judges.
     
    This particular filly, sold by breeder Norelands Stud, gets her sire off to a flyer here, selling for €320,000 to Al Shaqab Racing. Inbred 3x3 to Sadler's Wells, she is a half-sister to the 90-rated Qeyaadah and Cristal Fizz, a Power two-year-old who made a favourable impression when successful on her debut at Ascot for William Haggas.
     
    "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."
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  • Lot 33: b c Scat Daddy - Excelente (Exceed And Excel)
     
    As the only yearling by the much missed Scat Daddy catalogued, this colt was always going to attract his share of attention. Added to that, he was a particularly nice model out of a fast mare and he duly lights up the ring, selling to Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock for €480,000.
     
    Malherbe, acting on behalf of Mary Slack, outbid Justin Casse, standing with Justin Zayat and David Ingordo, for the colt, who was sold by Camas Park Stud.
     
    "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."
     
     
    From the penultimate crop of Scat Daddy, sire of Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia among others, he is a brother to the useful Little Voice and out of the Listed-placed Excellent. It is the further family of Grade 1 winner Fraulein.
     
    Camas Park bought Excelente through Cormac McCormack for $200,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale. The daughter of Exceed And Excel ran second in the Listed Star Appeal Stakes for Jessica Harrington before heading to the US, where she won at Gulfstream Park and Arlington.
     
    "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."
     
    Excelente has a colt foal from the last crop of Scat Daddy. She was barren this year.
     
    This colt was bred when his sire stood for 'only' $30,000. He was due to stand for $100,000 this year and was recently represented by the $3 million Keeneland September sale-topper.
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  • Lot 39: b c Nathaniel - Factice (Known Fact)
     
    A return to familiar territory for Bobby O'Ryan and Phil Cunningham's Rebel Racing as they pay €60,000 for this Nathaniel colt, a half-brother to Cunningham's Anglo-Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel.
     
    It was back in 2005 that O'Ryan signed at 30,000gns for Cockney Rebel at the DBS St Leger Sale.
     
    Bred by London Thoroughbred Services, this colt was retained for just 15,000gns as a foal. He is the 15th foal out of his winning dam and a half-brother to eight other winners.
     
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  • Lot 55: b f Declaration Of War - Foolish Act (Sadler's Wells)
     

    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.

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  • Lot 71: b c Acclamation - Gorband (Woodman)
     
    Sheikh Hamdan, fresh attending the Keeneland September Sale, strikes the winning bid at €600,000 for this brother to Richmond Stakes winner Harbour Watch from Riversfield Stud. Also a half-brother to South African Group 1 winner Europa Point, he was bred by Tom Molan out of Gorband, a granddaughter of the great broodmare Fall Aspen.
     
    Shadwell Estates paid 100,000gns for this colt's Shamardal half-brother Elerfaan at last year's Tattersalls December Yearling Sale. Further back, it is also a family that Shadwell know particularly well as Stephen Collins outlined.
     
    "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."
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  • Lot 74: b f Galileo - Green Room (Theatrical)
     
    For the second time in three years, a yearling filly out of Green Room from Ballylinch Stud lights up the ring, this time when selling for €900,000 to MV Magnier. It's a family that Coolmore know well since they raced this filly's sister, the 2014 Fillies' Mile heroine Together Forever.
     
    Green Room, a Theatrical mare owned by Vimal and Gillian Kosla, is also the dam of Lord Shanakill.
     
    Amanda Skiffington went to €1.1 million here two years ago for Green Room's Sea The Stars filly, subsequently named Signe and in training with William Haggas. She was again in the fray for this filly but had to give best to Magnier, standing to the right of auctioneer Henry Beeby.
     
    "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."
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  • Lot 76: b c Camelot - Healing Music (Bering)
     
    Hugo Merry and Justin Zayat clash on this Camelot colt, a half-brother to Derby runner-up At First Sight and promising two-year-old Utah, the recent winner of a Curragh maiden for Aidan O'Brien. 
     
    Zayat, making his first trip to Goffs, pushed Merry all the way past the €300,000 mark but cried enough at €360,000.
     
    "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."
     
    The Castlebridge Consignment sold the colt, whose Listed-placed dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Herboriste.
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  • Lot 79: b c Galileo - Honour Bright (Danehill)
     
    A first purchase today for Chinese owner Zhang Yuesheng of YuLong Investments through the BBA Ireland. YuLong have been active in recent years at auctions in Australia and came to prominence in Europe in July when purchasing 840,000gns worth of stock at Tattersalls with Sheamus Mills. Yuesheng was also active at Keeneland.
     
    This particular colt was bred by the late Jacqueline O'Brien out of Honour Bright, a half-sister to Listed winner Dabtiya from the excellent Aga Khan family of Darshaan and Darara. He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Coolibah.
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  • Lot 83: b c Sea The Stars - Ice Mint (Awesome Again)
     
    It's good to see the various international buyers that Goffs and ITM have brought in continue to make their presence felt. The latest to do so is Hong Kong owner Little Kwok Hing Hung, who purchases this colt with Justin Bahen for €375,000 from Clare House Stud.
     
    He is the second purchase today for the team following lot 30, a Kodiac colt bought for €160,000.
     
    Both colts are set to join Ralph Beckett with an eye towards a later career in Hong Kong.
     
    "To my eye, he could be a Hong Kong Derby horse," said Bahen. "They'll go to Ralph Beckett and then at the end of their two-year-old career we'll assess them and see where we are with regards to sending them to Hong Kong.
     
    "We also bought three yearlings in Japan and they too will go to Ralph Beckett."
     
    Bred by Knighton House, Eadling Farm and Marengo, this colt is a brother to a triple winner in Japan and out of the winning Ice Mint, a half-sister to French 2,000 Guineas winner Falco. Further back, it is the family of Groom Dancer.
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  • Lot 94: b f Shamardal - Juno Marlowe (Danehill)
     
    Will carry the colours of Sheikh Obaid after Roger Varian outbids Juddmonte Farms among others for this half-sister to Irish Derby third Stellar Mass.
     
    Juno Marlowe was purchased for just 31,000gns by Tinnakill House at the 2010 Tattersalls December Sale. She has repaid that outlay many times over since then, not only as the dam of Stellar Mass, who was knocked down to the BBA Ireland for 280,000gns as a foal, but of a 2014 colt by Teofilo that was bought for 110,000gns by Al Shaqab Racing and Dermot Farrington as a yearling last year.
     
    "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."
     
     
    Lot 94 is the tenth foal out of Juno Marlowe, who hails from the good Peter Harris - Sing Softly family of Leporello, Poppy Carew and Supreme Sound. In addition to Stellar Mass, she is the dam of six other winners including Listed winner Marzelline, also Grade 1-placed, and the Group 3-placed Sun Of Jamaica.
     
    This is the penultimate crop of yearlings sired by Shamardal during his time as a public stallion. He served in a private capacity at Kildangan Stud this year, where he covered 109 mares.
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  • Lot 123: b c Invincible Spirit - Lethal Quality (Elusive Quality)
     
    John Ferguson's name has been conspicuous by its absence on the buyers sheets so far this season in Europe. As recently highlighted in the Racing Post, Godolphin are in the midst of downsizing - they sold over 60 yearlings at Keeneland but against that, Ferguson bought five at the same sale led by a $900,000 daughter of War Front.
     
    This particular colt is by a sire with whom Darley have enjoyed a long association and out of a mare that has consistently produced good-looking, commercial stock for her owner The Irish National Stud. In the end Ferguson was forced all the way to €500,000 for this colt by American agent Gatewood Bell, who was standing with various members of the Coolmore team.
     
    Lot 123 is a brother to two fillies who have lit up previous renewals of this sale. In 2013, Tony Nerses went to €375,000 for a sister while last year, Peter and Ross Doyle paid €350,000 for the mare's 2014 filly - named Promising, she recently provided a timely update for her brother when a narrow second in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.
     
    They are out of the stakes-placed Lethal Quality and from the further family of high-class sprinter Diffident and Group 1-winning miler Zafeen.
     
    It could mark the beginning of an excellent few hours for the Irish National since their draft also includes an attractive Invincible Spirit brother to Cable Bay (240).
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  • Lot 142: b c Power - Mala Mala (Brief Truce)
     
    Mark Johnston returns to the well at Goffs, going to €155,000 for the Power half-brother to his Middle Park Stakes winner The Last Lion. Johnston paid €82,000 for his star juvenile at last year's sale.
     
    The pair were bred by Barronstown Stud and Liz Stack out of the Group 1-placed Mala Mala, a half-sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon. 
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  • Lot 143: b c Lawman - Manieree (Medicean)
     
    A good day for Ballylinch Stud continues with the €470,000 sale of this colt, sold by the stud on behalf of his breeders Max and Lynn Morris. Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock signed the ticket on behalf of an existing client.
     
    This is a family that has been cultivated to great effect by his breeders, who bred Derby winner Oath and his Group 1-winning half-brother Pelder out of his third dam Sheer Audacity. Max Morris also campaigned his dam, Blandford Stakes winner Manieree. 
     
    Manieree's first foal, Drumfad Bay, won on his debut at Naas earlier this year and has been highly tried since by Jessica Harrington.
     
    "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."
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  • Lot 155: b c Kodiac - Mimiteh (Maria's Mon)
     
    After coming off second best several times this morning, the Australian-based Eliza Park International are successful in their pursuit of this colt, a close relation to Rosdhu Queen who costs €145,000. He was sold by Grove Stud on behalf of Old Carhue Stud.
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  • Lot 168: b c Frankel - Moonlight's Box (Nureyev)
     
    There are few better bred yearling colts catalogued to auction this year than this youngster, the Frankel half-brother to Bago and Maxios who was offered by Camas Park Stud on behalf of the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables Ireland. He duly lives up to expectations, selling for €750,000 to Adrian Nicoll of the BBA Ireland.
     
    "He's for an international racing partnership to race," said Nicoll. "He's a big, strong, powerful colt. It's a brilliant pedigree."
     
     
    This is one of the Niarchos' most easily recognisable families. He is the 11th foal out of the unraced Moonlight's Box, whose seven winners include Arc hero Bago, multiple Group 1 winner Maxios and Listed winner Beta. Champion Bago secured a slot at stud in Japan, where is the sire of Group 1 Kyoto Kikuka Sho winner Big Week, while Maxios stands at Gestut Fahrhof in Germany and has first yearlings this year.
     
    Second dam Coup De Folie was a French champion two-year-old who bred another champion in Denebola. In turn she is a sister to Machiavellian and half-sister to Exit To Nowhere. To cap it all, they descend directly from Natalma, dam of Northern Dancer.
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  • Lot 172: ch c Helmet - Mujadil Draw (Daggers Drawn)
     
    This colt turns a good profit for Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud.
     
    Bought last winter through Mags O'Toole for 26,000gns, he today sells for €140,000 to Shadwell Estates. 
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  • Stats compare very favourably with the first session last year. So far 126 yearlings have changed hands for an average of €110,810, up 9 per cent from last year. The clearance rate is running at 81 per cent.
     
    Galileo, unsurprisingly, is the leading sire by average (3: €365,000). BBA Ireland leads the way among the buyers (six bought for a total of €1,258,000) while Camas Park Stud heads the vendors list (nine sold for a total of €1,940,000).
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  • Lot 188: b f High Chaparral - Noble Pearl (Dashing Blade)
     
    Zayat Stables have been active bidders all day and are finally successful in their pursuit of this filly, a half-sister to American Grade 2 winner Noble Stella who costs €340,000. Ahmed Zayat's son, Justin, is here in person and assisted by agents David Ingordo and Justin Casse, both of whom also signed the ticket.
     
    This filly is also a half-sister to French Listed winner Noble Prince, although he is probably better known as a high-class jumper who won the Jewson Novices Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. They are are out of the 1998 Gran Criterium heroine Noble Pearl.
     
    Zayat’s colours made a fleeting appearance in Britain in 2006, just as his American operation was gaining momentum. During that time he bought a select group of yearlings through Blandford Bloodstock - indeed he accounted for one of the top lots at the 2005 renewal in Justy, a son of Danehill Dancer who cost €620,000.
     

    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.

     

     

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  • Lot 195: b c Cape Cross - Pardoven (Clodovil)
     
    A very good pinhooking result for Flash Conroy as his Cape Cross colt, bought for 38,000gns through Amanda Skiffington last December, realises €220,000 to Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock.
     
    His sale brings Form Bloodstock's expenditure for the day to €1.17 million for five bought, second behind only the BBA Ireland.
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  • Lot 210: b c Invincible Spirit - Ponty Acclaim (Acclamation)
     
    This colt changes hands from one burgeoning operation to another when purchased by Sun Bloodstock for €160,000. The first foal out of 2011 Cornwallis Stakes winner Ponty Acclaim, he was bred by the China Horse Club in partnership with Rockhart Trading; the pair paid 300,000gns for Ponty Acclaim - a £5,000 yearling - while carrying this colt at the 2014 Tattersalls December Sale.
     
    "I really liked him," said David O'Callaghan of Sun Stud. "He has a bit of improvement in him and if he develops like I think he will, he'll have all the attributes to be a good horse.
     
    "The one we bought earlier today [Kodiac colt] will join Criquette Head but I'm not sure yet about where this one will go."
     
    Sun Stud, which is owned by the Hong Kong-based Sun International Group and based in Victoria and Queensland, has six horses with Criquette Head, including another Invincible Spirit colt in National Defense, who looked very smart when winning his debut at Deauville by six lengths. Subsequently placed in the Group 3 Prix des Chenes, he holds an entry in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly on Sunday. 
     
    It could potentially be a big weekend for the operation since their Palentino, winner of the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes last time out, is set to run in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick while two-year-old Condor Heroes, who turned heads with a stunning barrier trial win several days ago, could take his chance in the Breeders' Plate.
     
    Meanwhile, O'Callaghan plans to attend the Arc Sale at Chantilly en route to next week's Tattersalls October Sale.
     
    O'Callaghan also had news of the Ballymacoll-bred Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, one of 13 stallions at Sun Stud. The son of Monsun has his first yearlings this year.
     
    "They're lovely types," he said. "They have very good heads, a lot of quality with good outlooks. They actually look quicker than you might imagine - he covered some fast mares and it could be that which is coming through. We're very pleased with them."
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  • Lot 240: b c Invincible Spirit - Rose De France (Diktat)
     
    A fantastic day for the Irish National Stud concludes with the sale of their homebred brother to Cable Bay for €750,000 to Shadwell Estates.
     
    Bids came thick and fast from an opening mark of €100,000; Charlie Gordon-Watson and Justin Zayat were among the early front-runners but in the end matters boiled down to Stephen Collins of Derrinstown Stud and the eventual underbidder Ross Doyle, flanked by Richard Hannon.
     
    "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."
     
    This isn't the first time that progeny of Rose De France have fared well at this sale. Cable Bay was a €130,000 graduate out of this sale in 2012 while his three-parts sister May Rose was a €520,000 purchase by Tony Nerses in 2014 and is now a two-time winner.
     
    The placed Rose De France joined the Irish National Stud when purchased for €55,000 through McKeever St Lawrence at the 2008 Arqana December Sale. She is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Bowman as well as Moyesii, the dam of champions Mastery and Kirklees.
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  • FIRST CROP SIRE WATCH
     
    CAMELOT: 10 of 11 offered sold for an average of €129,400
     
    DAWN APPROACH: 4 of 4 offered sold for an average of €121,250
     
    DECLARATION OF WAR: 11 of 11 offered sold for an average of €104,018
     
    EPAULETTE: 3 of 5 offered sold for an average of €26,667
     
    HAVANA GOLD: 2 offered, none sold
     
    LETHAL FORCE:  1 offered, 1 sold for €130,000
     
    MAXIOS: 1 offered, 1 sold for €25,000
     
    MOST IMPROVED: 2 of 2 offered sold for an average of €45,000
     
    RED JAZZ: 1 offered, 1 sold for €58,000
     
    SOCIETY ROCK: 1 of 2 offered sold for €16,000
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  • A good day that featured strong international trade, notably from Zayat Stables (America), Sun Stud (Australia), Little Kwok Hing Hung (Hong Kong), Form Bloodstock (South Africa), Gatewood Bell (America) and YuLong Investments (China) among plenty others.
     
    DAY ONE STATS
     
    Offered: 222
     
    Sold: 187 (84%)
     
    Aggregate: €20,547,000 (+4.8%)
     
    Average: €109,877 (+8%)
     
    Colts average: €122,500
     
    Fillies average: €96,059
     
    Median: €70,000 (+8%)
     
    No. successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last appearance in the ring + approx. expenses): 37 of 64
     
     
    TOP THREE LOTS
     
    74) b f Galileo - Green Room; sold by Ballylinch Stud for €900,000 to MV Magnier
     
    168) b c Frankel - Moonlight's Box; sold by Camas Park Stud to €750,000 to BBA Ireland
     
    240) b c Invincible Spirit - Rose De France; sold by Irish National Stud for €750,000 to Shadwell Estates
     
     
    TOP BUYERS
     
    BBA IRELAND: 10 bought for a total of €1,678,000
     
    SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY: 5 bought for a total of €1,615,000
     
    FORM BLOODSTOCK: 6 bought for a total of €1,225,000
     
     
     
    TOP VENDORS
     
    CAMAS PARK STUD: 9 sold for a total of €1,940,000
     
    IRISH NATIONAL STUD: 5 sold for a total of €1,620,000
     
    BALLYLINCH STUD: 10 sold for a total of €1,544,000
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