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Goffs Orby Yearling Sale - Day Two - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nancy Sexton reports live from the second day of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale

  • The general consensus is that today's horses are a stronger group, which provides hope that yesterday's minor declines might be reversed.

    Shadwell, so often a major player at this sale, were relatively quiet, paying €400,000 for two lots. MV Magnier bought four, but nothing above €150,000.

    One of today's likely stars is Lot 434, Staffordstown's Galileo filly out of Group 3 winner Starlit Sands. The dam was one of Oasis Dream's first good horses - she was actually his first ever winner - and is a member of Kirsten Rausing's powerful Sushila family.

    Lot 434 

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  • Another potential star is lot 303, the Frankel half-brother to Finsceal Beo bred and offered by Rathbarry Stud. He is out of the Listed-placed Musical Treat, whose progeny have realised 2.33 million guineas at auction since 2007, among them German 2,000 Guineas winner Frozen Power, a 500,000gns yearling.

    Champion Finsceal Beo provided one of the highlights of last year when her own Frankel filly sold for an Irish foal record of €1.8 million at the Goffs November Sale. She is also the dam of Group 2 winner Ol’ Man River, who topped the 2013 Orby Sale when selling for €2.85 million to MV Magnier. 





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  • By his own high standards, it was a quiet day for Galileo. Four of his nine yearlings (44%) through the ring changed hands and for an average of €252,500.

    He has a potentially strong group of representatives today, however, including lot 434, the filly out of Starlit Sands, and lot 397, a colt who is the first foal out of Group 3 winner Sent From Heaven. He was bred by Triermore Stud and is being offered by The Castlebridge Consignment.
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  • Excelebration enjoyed a notable result yesterday as the sire of a first-crop colt who sold for €340,000. He is represented by another seven yearlings today including a filly from John Tuthill's Owenstown Stud, also the breeder of the stallion himself.

    The filly in question, lot 449, is out of Takizada, a placed Sendawar half-sister to Group 2 winners Takarian and Takali.

    "She's a sweet filly," says Tuthill, "with a good, easy walk. 

    "I have another Excelebration going to Book 1. They're quite different to each other but then the mares are different types as well.
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  • Lot 255: b f Invincible Spirit - Lethal Quality (Elusive Quality)

    Ross Doyle is in action early on behalf of an owner with Richard Hannon, going to €350,000 for an Invincible Spirit filly from the Irish National Stud.

    "I thought she was the best physical among the fillies here today," said Doyle. "She has a lovely relaxed way of going - she's very well balanced. She's strong but also attractive."

    She is the third foal out of the stakes-placed Lethal Quality, whose 2012 Invincible Spirit filly, Nazli, was sold here in 2013 for €375,000. Lethal Quality is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Changing Karma as well as Shy Rosa, a current five-time winner in the US, and from the further family of Zafeen and Atlantic Sport (who was represented by his first winner yesterday).
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  • Lot 261: b f Dream Ahead - Love And Laughter (Theatrical)

    Yesterday's leading buyer, the China Horse Club, are back in action early, paying €290,000 for this half-sister to Wigmore Hall. Bred by Kevin and Meta Cullen and sold through Middlelane Farm, she is also a half-sister to Listed winner Lady Liberty.

    She brings Dream Ahead's average for the sale to €136,625 for eight sold.
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  • Lot 277: ch c Born To Sea - Maskaya (Machiavellian)

    A major result for Born To Sea as Alastair Donald of SackvilleDonald go to €320,000 for this colt from his first crop. 

    Like yesterday's Excelebration colt, he will head into training with Ed Walker.

    Bred by Denis Brosnan's Epona Bloodstock and sold by his Croom House Stud, he is a half-brother to four winners including the Group 1-placed Drumbeat. There could be a further update in the pedigree later today as he is also a half-brother to John Gosden's progressive filly California, who runs in the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte at Chantilly this afternoon.

    While he boosts Born To Sea's average to €81,333 for nine sold, he also takes Croom House Stud's stats to €880,000 for six sold.

    "Maskaya herself is about 15.3 hands high," said Brosnan, "so for her past covers, we've looked at bigger stallions. California is by Azamour and we looked at Born To Sea to again get a bit of size. It's a great result for him. 

    "She also has a So You Think foal that is a big, strong type.

    "We bought the mare at Keeneland 12 years ago [for $230,000] as a filly out of training. She had won over here and shown good form, and had then been sold to race in America. It's a great Ballylinch family and there aren't many fillies that come up for sale out of it."

    Maskaya is a half-sister to Listed winner Modeeroch and champion Danaskaya, subsequently the dam of Belardo.
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  • Lot 286: b c Teofilo - Million Spirits (invincible Spirit)

    Tally-Ho landed some fair touches here yesterday and they repeat the trick this morning with this colt, €52,000 Goffs November pinhook who resells for €260,000 to Ross Doyle.

    He is a half-brother to triple winner Spiritual Star and out of a winning half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Elusive Wave.
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  • Lot 291: b c Dark Angel - Miss Indigo (Indian Ridge)

    Shadwell enjoyed several big days with July Stakes winner Alhebayeb back in 2012 so it's no surprise to see them return to the well with the purchase of his brother for €360,000. 

    Bred and sold by Yeomanstown Stud, he is also a half-brother to the Group 1-placed sprinter Humidor among six other winners. 

    This isn't the first time that progeny of Miss Indigo, who cost a mere 6,500gns as a four-year-old through Matty Murtagh Bloodstock Services, has lit up the ring. Alhebayeb was one of the most expensive Dark Angels of his generation when sold for 170,000gns while last year's offering, a full sister, sold for 360,000gns to Charlie Gordon-Watson.

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  • Lot 296: b c Acclamation - Moment Juste (Pivotal)

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club continue to make their presence felt with the purchase of this colt for €300,000 to bring their overall expenditure to €740,000.

    The colt was bred by vendor Camas Park Stud in partnership with Lynch Bages and Summerhill and is the first foal out of the placed Moment Juste, who was bought for a relatively inexpensive 42,000gns through Dermot Farrington at the 2012 Tattersalls July Sale. 

    The product of a noted Cliveden Stud family, Moment Juste is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Imperial Stride and related to Indian Haven

    "It's a good family and he was just a lovely horse," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He's very well balanced, particularly correct with a lot of quality about him. I saw him on several occasions and liked him better each time, which is unusual for me."

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  • Lot 273, a son of Showcasing from @grovestud purchased at @GoffsDBS this morning. Looks a sharp type. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQJemh2W8AAu8dF.jpg

  • Lot 349: b c Invincible Spirit - Prima Luce (Galileo)

    The China Horse Club and Roger Varian, standing with Armando Duarte, clash on this colt, with the former coming out on top at €580,000.

    The colt, who also attracted the attention of John Ferguson, was bred and sold by Pat O'Kelly's Kilcarn Stud, an operation which has enjoyed so much success at this sale over the years. A half-brother to a minor winner, he is the fourth foal out of Athasi Stakes winner Prima Luce, for whom O'Kelly paid 825,000gns in 2011. It is the further family of Cassandra Go and Photo Call, winner of the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

    "He looks a fast type and Invincible Spirit has had another phenomenal season," said Michael Wallace, who signed the ticket. "He looks to have a good temperament - we've seen him all week and he's handled everything without fuss. 

    "There are some lovely horses here - we've missed out on a few but are very pleased with what we have got."

    It could be the beginning of a good spell for Kilcarn since they will also offer a Raven's Pass filly out of their wonderful producer Spirit Of Tara later today.


    Lot 349 

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  • Lot 355: b c Fastnet Rock - Question Times (Shamardal)

    James Fanshawe will initially take charge of this colt, who sells out of the Glenvale Stud consignment for €380,000 to Suzanne Roberts.

    "He's for an existing Hong Kong owner to go to James Fanshawe," said Roberts. "He's a big, strong, lovely horse."

    By a stallion who remains well received in Hong Kong, he is a brother to the highly regarded two-year-old Diamond Fields, a winner at Dundalk on Friday evening. They are the first two foals out of the Listed-placed Question Times, a half-sister to Sceptre Stakes winner Sunday Times.
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  • Good luck to Michael Bell on his purchase of our Sayif filly! Good result! @Goffs1866 @BlueDiamondStd http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQJm_ifWsAA0nLm.jpg

  • What they say:

    "It's strong for the right horses and selective. People are colliding on the really good horses and making them more expensive. But there's some value here, especially when you compare buying in euros to sterling." Armando Duarte
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  • Another good result for first crop sire Excelebration @Goffs1866 as Lot 357 sells for €220,000 to @Georgejmoore8 #CoolmoreSires
  • Lot 380: b f Acclamation - Roo (Rudimentary)

    A year on from paying 300,000gns for Roo's 2013 filly by Acclamation, the China Horse Club return for round two, this time to pay €280,000 for her younger sister.

    The Listed-placed Roo has been a consistently successful producer for connections. Her six winners include four stakes performers led by the Group 1-placed Gallagher while a daughter, Roodeye, is the dam of current Grade 2 winner Prize Exhibit. 

    Her Acclamation two-year-old Soteria has been placed twice in two starts for Roger Varian and still holds an entry in Saturday's £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Fillies' Trophy.
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  • Lot 381: b f Frankel - Rose Bonheur (Danehill Dancer)

    Like the Frankel - Musical Treat colt this morning, this filly is a late withdrawal. Therefore, Frankel ends the sale having had two yearlings sell for €1.7 million (f ex Alexander Goldrun) and €130,000 (c ex Dookus) from three through the ring. Six were catalogued to the sale.
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  • Bought a nice Excelebration colt for 220k euro out of a Galileo mare. Relation to Mahler #3rdinmelbournecup http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQJ_eZoW8AAkf_F.jpg

  • Lot 379: b c Holy Roman Emperor - Romie's Kastett (Halling)

    A new name to the buyers' sheet is Joseph O'Brien, who signs at €70,000 for this relation to Norse Dancer from Oaklawn Stud.
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  • Lot 397: b c Galileo - Sent From Heaven (Footstepsinthesand)

    Regarded beforehand as arguably the best colt in the sale, this Galileo colt doesn't disappoint, selling to the partnership of Sheikh Fahad and Steve Parkin for €1,200,000. MV Magnier was the underbidder.

    Sheikh Fahad and Parkin already partner on 'several horses', including a 'very nice' Frankel filly.

    Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, he was bred by Triermore Stud out of their high-class homebred Sent From Heaven, the 2009 Prestige Stakes winner who went on to run fourth in the 1,000 Guineas.  She is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Above Average.

    "He was by some way the best colt in the sale," said David Redvers. "He ticked all the boxes."

    Joe Foley, representing Parkin, added: "He has a look of eagles. He was one of the real standouts and looks a stallion prospect - he's all class, all Galileo and if there was ever a stallion prospect, it's him."

    With that in mind, the question is.....Tweenhills or Ballyhane?

    His sale boosts Galileo's average to €411,666 for six sold. The stallion's next highlight is most likely to be lot 424, Staffordstown's filly out of Starlit Sands.

     
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  • We have just struck for a very racy son of the outstanding first season sire #Zoffany @GoffsDBS. He is likely to join Andrew Balding.
  • Very happy on the way home from Ire with a 2yo winner first time out and 3 lovely yearlings by Acclamation, Mastercraftsman and Fastnet Rock
  • Lot 432: b f Raven's Pass - Spirit Of Tara (Sadler's Wells)

    Rarely does a year go past when Spirit Of Tara doesn't feature prominently at this sale. Kilcarn Stud's outstanding producer was responsible for the sale-toppers of 2003 and 2010 in Echo Of Light (€1.2 million to John Ferguson) and the Group 1-placed Irish History (€900,000) and today repeats the trick courtesy of her Raven's Pass filly, who is knocked down for €2 million to Fiona Craig of Moyglare Stud Farm.

    Tony Nerses, bidding on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, was the underbidder.

    Her sale means that no fewer than six yearlings out of Spirit Of Tara have sold for €500,000 or above at this sale. Asides from Echo Of Light, who went on to score at Group 2 level for Godolphin, and Irish History, the list includes Akarem (by Kingmambo; €500,000), a subsequent Listed winner for Shadwell, and Flame Of Gibraltar (Rock Of Gibraltar; €900,000), who ran second in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

    "Pedigree - what else can you say?" said Craig. "I hoped we wouldn't have to go so far but It's very hard to buy into these types of families. She's a great model and an outcross, so we can breed her back to speed - Danzig. 

    "Considering the age of the mare [21], she's a strong, robust filly. We'll get her home and give her some time."


    Spirit Of Tara was second in the Blandford Stakes herself and is a daughter of Pat O'Kelly's wonderful mare Flame Of Tara. Therefore she is a sister to Salsabil and half-sister to Marju.

    Incredibly, this isn't the first time that Kilcarn has broken the 2 million barrier at this sale. In 2001, her Danehill - Welsh Love colt Balestrini sold for Ir2.1 million to Demi O'Byrne while a year earlier, Century City (by Danzig out of Alywow) realised Ir£2 million to John Magnier.

    Today Spirit Of Love is one of 13 mares in production at Kilcarn. She has a colt foal by Declaration Of War, which will come back here next year, and is in foal to Invincible Spirit.

    "She's a pleasant, gentle mare," said O'Kelly. "She's good looking and breeds them the way you want."

    Welsh Flame, another wonderful producer for O'Kelly, still resides at Kilcarn at the age of 29.



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  • Lot 434: b f Galileo - Starlit Sands (Oasis Dream)

    The dust had barely settled on the sale of the €2 million Spirit Of Tara filly before the million euro barrier was broken again, this time by Staffordstown's Galileo filly out of Starlit Sands.

    She was another to catch the attention Fiona Craig, purchaser of the €2 million filly, but she had to give best to Oliver St. Lawrence, acting on behalf of Fawzi Nass.

    "Fawzi and I came over to Ireland about three weeks ago to look at yearlings and we saw her then," said St. Lawrence. "I'm not sure yet who will train her but long term, she's a filly who will be a good addition to the stud.

    "The dam was just beaten in the Queen Mary so you'd hope that this filly will be a two-year-old of some description. I hoped to pay a little less but when something comes in with a bit of pedigree, you've got to put your head down - I followed in the Raven's Pass and didn't get a look in."

    The filly was bred by Kirsten Rausing out of the Prix d'Arenberg winner Starlit Sands, who owns the distinction of being Oasis Dream's first ever winner. In turn, she is a half-sister to champion Scandinavian sprinter Sea Dane and to the dam of stakes winners Songerie (Group 3), Souvenance (Listed), Soft Morning (Listed) and Sourire (Listed). 

    Rausing bought into this family with the purchase of her third dam, Sushila, in this ring in 1976. She went on to breed the 1985 King George winner and now appears as the foundation of a thriving family - in fact, Rausing has bred everything on the page bar Group 3 winner Chigun, who appears under the second dam.
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  • By coincidence, Oliver St Lawrence and Fiona Craig, who signed for €3.05 million worth of yearlings between them within minutes of each other, were once housemates in Kentucky. The year was 1987 and the group also included Goffs CEO Henry Beeby. Small world.
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  • Team Kilcarn looking delighted following their €2 million sale of Lot 432 Ravens Pass filly ex Spirit Of Tara http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQKxnN4WUAAKFem.jpg

  • Lovely Galileo filly out of very speedy Starlit Sands bought @Goffs1866 to be trained by @gjpeckhamracing
  • Invincible Spirit colt. A picture is worth a 1000 words as they say. #machine http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQKjuftVAAEdvOe.jpg

  • Lot 465: b f Pivotal - Tiriana (Common Grounds)

    A good pinhooking turn comes the way of Guy O'Callaghan's Grangemore Stud, whose Pivotal sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Penkenna Princess sells for €370,000 to Cathy Grassick. She cost 62,000gns as a foal.
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  • FIRST-CROP SIRE WATCH

    BATED BREATH: 5 offered, 3 sold for an average of €66,667

    BORN TO SEA: 15 offered, 15 sold for an average of €71,553

    BULLET TRAIN: 1 sold for €25,000

    CASAMENTO: 8 offered, 6 sold for an average of €40,167

    DRAGON PULSE: 9 offered, 6 sold for an average of €57,167

    ELZAAM: 3 offered, 3 sold for an average of €66,667

    EXCELEBRATION: 9 offered, 7 sold for an average of €139,286

    FAMOUS NAME: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of €150,000

    FOXWEDGE: 1 sold for €62,000

    FRANKEL: 3 offered, 2 sold for an average of €915,000

    HARBOUR WATCH: 6 offered, 5 sold for an average of €83,400

    HELMET: 5 offered, 4 sold for an average of €80,750

    NATHANIEL: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of €100,333

    POWER: 12 offered, 12 sold for an average of €76,667

    REQUINTO: 2 offered, 2 sold for an average of €30,000

    SAYIF: 1 sold for €80,000

    SEPOY: 1 sold for €120,000

    SIR PRANCEALOT: 7 offered, 6 sold for an average of €61,000

    SO YOU THINK: 4 offered, 4 sold for an average of €56,000

    THE FACTOR: 1 sold for €80,000
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  • LEADING SIRES BY AVERAGE (three or more sold)

    FRANKEL: 2 sold for an average of €915,000

    GALILEO: 7 sold for an average of €502,857

    LONHRO: 2 sold for an average of €215,000


    Galileo filly out of Starlit Sands was one of two yearlings to break the million euro barrier by her sire. Pic: Goffs/Sarah Farnsworth 


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  • LEADING VENDORS

    KILCARN STUD: 4 sold for a total of €2,742,000

    THE CASTLEBRIDGE CONSIGNMENT: 19 sold for a total of €2,442,500

    GLENVALE STUD: 16 sold for a total of €1,777,000
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  • LEADING BUYERS

    CHINA HORSE CLUB: 8 bought for a total of €3,710,000, average of €463,750

    BBA IRELAND: 24 bought for a total of €2,443,000, average of €101,792

    MOYGLARE STUD FARM: 2 bought for a total of €2,350,000, average of €1,175,000
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  • TOP LOTS

    432) b f Raven's Pass - Spirit Of Tara (Sadler's Wells), sold by Kilcarn Stud for €2,000,000 to Moyglare Stud Farm

    23) b f Frankel - Alexander Goldrun (Gold Away), sold by Mountarmstrong Stud for €1,700,000 to China Horse Club

    397) b c Galileo - Sent From Heaven (Footstepsinthesand), sold by The Castlebridge Consignment for €1,200,000 to David Redvers/Steve Parkin


    €2 million sale-topper. Pic: Goffs/Sarah Farnsworth 


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  • DAY TWO STATISTICS

    Offered: 205

    Sold: 179 (87%)

    Aggregate: €19,309,000 (+1%)

    Average: €107,872 (-5%)

    Median: €62,000 (-11%)
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  • END OF SALE STATEMENT

    Henry Beeby, Group Chief Executive

    “Not one, not two or three but four millionaires! Never before have we sold four seven figure lots at a Goffs yearling sale nor three in a single day so we are naturally elated to have catalogued this quartet of truly illustrious yearlings and send our heartfelt thanks to Pat O’Kelly, Noel O’Callaghan, the Hanbury’s Triermore Stud and Kirsten Rausing for entrusting us with their best yearlings. As we have always said we cannot do anything without the support of leading Irish breeders and we are delighted to have repaid their confidence in our service by returning such good results.


    "Our sales toppers have been the highlight of a trade that has been exceptional for the best bred lots with sometimes frenzied bidding for those that stood out. That the four top lots have been bought by four different people clearly illustrates the depth of buyers for the best lots at Goffs and it is surely a most healthy sign that the sale is not reliant on any one group. It is fair to say, however, that the sale was not been as strong at all levels and, if you fell short of some very high standards, it was hard work in places. That is clearly shown by the dip in average and median and the fact that the clearance rate is a point shy of last year, albeit at a very respectable 86%.


    "However the bare year on year statistics really don’t tell the whole story as so many buyers have commented on a strong trade and a large number of vendors have enjoyed some really good results. The fact is that a deeper analysis of Orby shows a sale that has grown by 41% in just 2 years so we have essentially consolidated those gains and the sale remains a firm favourite with vendors and purchasers alike whilst, very significantly, we are attracting an increasing number of the very best as demonstrated by the million euro lots.


    "This year we have welcomed increased numbers of overseas buyers following a number of international trips and with the assistance of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. Our feedback is that they ave enjoyed their trip and been impressed with what they found which should see them return to Goffs on a regular basis which can only be a positive for the long term.


    "For now we again extend our thanks to every vendor for their support and we wish each buyer the very best of luck with their Orby yearlings, safe in the knowledge that they have again bought at a source of consistent top class success”. 

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  • OVERALL STATISTICS

    Offered: 434

    Sold: 373 (86%)

    Aggregate: €38,953,500 (+1.3%)

    Average: €104,433 (-4%)

    Colts average: €99,326

    Fillies average: €112,186

    Median: €62,000 (-11%)

    No. million euro lots: 4 (2014: 2)

    No. €500,000 lots: 5 (2014: 7)

    No. successful pinhooks: 79 of 133
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