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Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale - Day One - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nancy Sexton brings you all the news and action as it happens at Doncaster from the first day of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale

  • Year in, year out, the GoffsUK Premier Sales delivers on its promise of winners and the past year has been no exception. At one end of the spectrum is the brilliant Hong Kong sprinter Peniaphobia, a high-class juvenile for Richard Fahey who was sold by Ballyhane Stud for £20,000 to Hugo Merry in 2012, while at the other is this year's Oaks runner-up Architecture, bought by Amanda Skiffington for £26,000 from Baroda & Colbinstown in 2013.
    Peniaphobia arguably epitomises the typical 'Donny' yearling - fast and potentially early. It's not all about pedigree here. Instead, GoffsUK pride themselves on selection of the physical and in turn, have been rewarded by a stream of classy graduates. Asides from Peniaphobia and Architecture, they include Saturday's Roses Stakes winner Big Time Baby, Prix Robert Papin winner Tis Marvellous and Norfolk Stakes winner Prince Of Lir.
    That list doesn't take into account winners bought by perennial leading buyers Peter and Ross Doyle - Limato, Toormore, Humphrey Bogart, Log Out Island and Legendary Lunch have each advertised the Doyle - Donny axis to good effect this year as did Illuminate the year before.
    Today's first session kicks off at 10am.
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  • As per usual, the majority of lots catalogued are pinhooks, ranging from the 150,000gns paid by Grove Stud for lot 430 (f Oasis Dream - Souviens Toi) to the €1,500 paid by Howson & Houldsworth for lot 292 (c Hellvelyn - Milly-M).
    Today's dearest pinhook is lot 186, a colt by Zoffany out of Flamenco Red who was bought through Bobby O'Ryan for €120,000 at the Goffs November Sale. He is sold today through Croom House Stud.
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  • To recap, last year's sale ended with 412 horses having changed hands for £17,687,000 and an average of £42,930. 
    The leading buyer was Shadwell Estates, who bought 20 worth £2,204,000, ahead of Peter and Ross Doyle, the purchasers of 31 worth approximately £2.1 million. John Ferguson purchased five - three of whom were by Dark Angel - for £980,000. It will be interesting to see how Ferguson plays this week given that his name didn't appear on the buyers' sheet at Saratoga or Arqana (however, reportedly bought one through a different agent). Darley are also selling a number of yearlings at Keeneland next month. However, members of the Godolphin team were busy working the sale grounds yesterday.
    Members of the Shadwell team, which were active at Arqana, were also busy yesterday as were  trainers such as Marco Botti, Roger Varian, Richard Hannon, Andrew Balding and Charlie Hills.
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  • So who are the stand-outs on pedigree?
    4) ch c Camacho - Zarara: half-brother to Caulfield Cup winner All The Good. Grove Stud
    5) b f Power - Ziffany: half-sister to the Group 1-placed miler Majors Cast and high-class sprinter Jessica's Dream, herself dam of Havana Gold. Kilfeacle Stud
    13) ch f Gemologist - Adoradancer: a $13,000 weanling purchase, she is a daughter of Gemologist, whose first 2yos include impressive Saratoga maiden winner Theory, and a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Saint Anddan, himself a $1.85 million yearling now at stud in Saudi Arabia. Tinnakill house
    66) b c Invincible Spirit - Bewitchment: first foal of a half-sister to champion 2yo Hooray, also by Invincible Spirit. Highclere Stud
    69) ch c Society Rock - Bishop's Lake: half-brother to Group 3 winner Euphrasia. Tally-Ho Stud
    109) b c Piccolo - Cherrycombe-Row: brother to Grade 2 winner St Trinians, who got within half-a-length of defeating Zenyatta in the 2010 Grade 1 Vanity Handicap. Cooneen Stud
    119) b c Farhh - Comeraincomeshine: the only yearling by Farhh in the catalogue, this colt is a half-brother to Listed winner Danehill Destiny and out of a half-sister to Where Or When. Newsells Park Stud
    121) gr f Dark Angel - Cover Girl: half-sister to Listed winners Mister Manannan and Shermeen, dam of Sudirman. Yeomanstown Stud
    165) gr c Swiss Spirit - Enchanting Way: recipient of a good update as the half-brother to recent Listed winner Silver Rainbow. Baroda & Colbinstown
    2030 b f Showcasing - Grandmas Dream: sister to Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up Savannah's Dream. Trickledown Stud
    212) ch c Camacho - Hartstown House: brother to Listed winner Beldale Memory and half-brother to Listed winner Promised Money. Yeomanstown Stud
    Lot 119) the only lot catalogued by Farhh. Photo courtesy of Newsells Park Stud
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  • Last year's sale was topped by a sister to Galileo Gold (Paco Boy - Galicuix) who was sold by Houghton Bloodstock on behalf of Pantile Stud for £280,000 to Tony Nerses on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.
    At the time, Galileo Gold was 'just' a Group 2 winner, having won the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. Fast forward to today and the owners are now in possession of a sister to a Classic-winning miler who is a leader of his generation.
    So how is she faring 12 months on? Named Choumicha, she is in training with Hugo Palmer and - all being well - is set to make her debut within the next two to three weeks.
    Choumicha pictured recently Hugo Palmer's yard
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  • Learning the ropes at the Whatton Manor Stud draft was Freddie Player, making friends here with a Helmet colt..
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  • Making their first trip to GoffsUK is Anna Drion's Coulonces Consignment, who will offer three yearlings this week starting with lot 28, a Choisir colt out of Almogia.
    The Coulonces Consignment began selling in 2006 and have swiftly risen to become one of the leading vendors in France; at the recent Arqana August Sale they sold 19 yearlings for €1,942,000. Le Havre, bred by Anna's parents, Jan and Maja Sundstrom of Team Hogdala, was their important early flag-bearer, selling for €100,000 to Jean-Claude Rouget in 2007. Fittingly, one of this week's draft is a son of Le Havre bred by Team Hogdala.
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  • Lot 2: b c Red Jazz - Yours Faithfully (Holy Roman Emperor)
    First lot through the ring falls to Bobby O'Ryan for £7,500. The colt is the first yearling to sell so far this season from the first crop of Ballyhane's Red Jazz.
    As usual, first-crop sires are a hot topic of conversation, and several not for the rights reasons. Bobby, however, gave a good mention to the late Tally-Ho stallion Society Rock - 'all the same, look like runners' - and to Camelot - 'liked the ones at Arqana, lot of quality and good walkers. I like the one here, he's a solid type, good colour and quality'.
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  • Lot 7: ch f Helmet - Accede (Acclamation)
    Will be one of the first horses to join rookie trainer Archie Watson after selling for £23,000. Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock signed the ticket.
    Offered by Catridge Farm Stud on behalf of long-time breeder Diane Joly, she is s half-sister to two winners and out of Accede, another Joly homebred who won as a two-year-old at Newbury.
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  • Lot 14: b c Choisir - Afrodita (Montjeu)
    Peter and Ross Doyle have wasted no time jumping in this morning. Lot 14 is their third purchase already following a £26,000 Fast Company colt and £52,000 Harbour Watch colt.
    Peter Doyle saw off Ed Sackville, standing with Tom Dascombe, at £75,000 for this colt, who provided a handsome profit on the 36,000gns he cost his vendor Camas Park Stud last December.
    He is from the final European crop of Choisir - such a shame he no longer shuttles to Ireland - and is the third foal out of Afrodita, an unplaced half-sister to the Group 1-placed Polar Bear and Dance To The Top, herself dam of Bankable. He also shares his sire with Vintage Stakes winner Chandlery, who sold here in 2010 to the Doyles for £88,000.
    "He's a lovely big horse by a sire we know well," said Peter Doyle. "He's got a lot of strength to him and walked with a lot of power - he moves like a dream."
    As with the majority of Doyle's purchases, the colt will join Richard Hannon.
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  • Lot 21: b c Dandy Man - Alchimie (Sri Pekan)
    First six figure lot of the day is a £100,000 Dandy Man colt bought on spec by Michael O'Callaghan from the draft of his breeder Ballyhane Stud.
    "I'm a big fan of the sire," said O'Callaghan. "De Boss Man, who won at the Curragh at the weekend, is a Dandy Man as was State Of Emergency, the best two-year-old I've trained. He won his first two races but was killed after. 
    "I loved this colt. We'll worry about owners when I get back."
    The colt is the sixth foal out of the placed Alchimie, a mere 9,500gns purchase by Joe Foley in 2008 who is a half-sister to the smart two-year-old Polar Bird. Each of her four foals to hit the track have won, including Scarborough, a five-time winner by Dandy Man.
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    Michael O'Callaghan also had news of his stable stars.
    "Now Or Never runs at Tipperary in the Fairy Bridge Stakes on Thursday and all being well, heads to the Matron Stakes after that," said O'Callaghan.
    "Blue De Vega has had a mid season break and will be back in the autumn. He looks great, has done very well and could head to the Breeders' Cup."
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  • Lot 28: ch c Choisir - Almogia (Gone West)
    The Coulonces Consignment's draft opens with the £52,000 sale of their Choisir colt to Stephen Hillen, standing with Richard Hughes. 
    Yet another strong early result for the sire, he was bred by Team Hogdala and Hutchinson Bloodstock Services out of Almogia, a sister to Grade 3 winner and successful Kentucky sire Istan.
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  • Lot 49: b c Holy Roman Emperor - Arpege (Sadler's Wells)
    Will carry the colours of Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer after selling for £82,000 to Howson & Houldsworth. Wechsler and Plummer tend to purchase one reasonably expensive yearling here each year - two years ago, for example, they paid £72,000 for multiple winner Amomentofmadness.
    Jonny Portman will train.
    Howson & Houldsworth actually tried to buy the colt last year when he came up for sale at the Goffs November Sale. However, they came off second best on that occasion to Mags O'Toole, acting on behalf of today's vendor Lynn Lodge Stud.
    "We liked him when we first saw him on Sunday," said Howson. "He's a lovely walker.
    "I've had luck with Holy Roman Emperor before - I bought Charles The Great as a yearling. He was out of a Barathea mare, so the Sadler's Wells cross appealed on this colt. And he came from a good hotel."
    This colt is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Beau Vengerov and out of an unraced half-sister to Group 2 winners Crimson Tide and Pharatta. It is the further family of Shahrastani.
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  • Lot 52: ch c Bahamian Bounty - Avenbury (Mount Nelson)
    A major result for Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud as his Bahamian Bounty colt is knocked down for £140,000 to Angus Gold. Murphy paid 45,000gns for the colt, the first foal out of a half-sister to Group 3 winner Ouqba (another Premier yearling bought by Shadwell), as a foal.
    “He’s a lovely horse, I thought he was one of the stars of the sale,” said Gold. “We’ve had a bit of luck with the stallion, we’ve done alright with him over the years.

    "We had Ouqba who appears under the second dam, we bought him in Doncaster, he was a very tough horse. Let’s hope lightning can strike twice.

    “We haven’t decided about a trainer yet, although they all liked him. We’ll get them all back and let Sheikh Hamdan look at them and then we’ll decide about trainers.”
    Murphy, who sold Estidkhaar to Shadwell here two years ago, added: "He's very like the sire. A great mover who took his work well. He had a lovely shape to him as a foal, great length and power. And he's a well-bred horse - Ouqba was a very good horse. He's gone to a good home.
    "We were worried about how the sale would work out after voting day [Brexit] but this is a great result. We're very pleased."
    This isn't the first time that Murphy has tasted success with Bahamian Bounty since he sold the Coventry Stakes third to Rakaan for 140,000gns to Tony Nerses as a yearling. Sadly, this is the last crop of Bahamian Bounty, who retired by The National Stud last year. There are approximately 40 foals in his last crop. 
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  • Lot 59: b c Exceed And Excel - Beach Frolic (Nayef)
    Another strike for Shadwell as Angus Gold signs at £100,000 for Highclere Stud's Exceed And Excel colt. He is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to Dante Stakes winner Bonfire and Windsor Forest Stakes winner Joviality.
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  • Lot 87: b c Choisir - Bunditten (Soviet Star)
    Bobby O'Ryan is hoping that lightning strikes twice after going to £85,000 for this colt from Trickledown Stud on behalf of Rebel Racing. The last horse O'Ryan bought off Trickledown for Rebel Racing was Anglo-Irish Guineas winner Cockney Rebel.
    "Another Guineas will do!" said O'Ryan. "He's got a good pedigree and is by a very good sire."
    He is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Kurland and out of the fast two-year-old Bunditten, who ran third in the 2004 National Stakes. He was a €65,000 pinhook by his vendor.
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  • Lot 97: b c Acclamation - Carpet Lady (Night Shift)
    New top lot as Peter and Ross Doyle go to £145,000 for this well connected Acclamation colt from Pier House Stud.
    It's a family that the Doyles and Hannons know well since they bought Cake, one of the stars from Acclamation's first crop, for just 13,000gns here in 2006. She has since bred Listed winner Fig Roll.
    More recently, progeny of Carpet Lady have been harder to acquire with the full siblings to this colt making 150,000gns and €105,000 since 2010.
    "He reminded us of Mehmas," said Doyle. "And obviously we bought Cake as a yearling from Acclamation's first crop. That was a long time ago now but he's been a great stallion and has had some very good horses, which have confirmed what a top stallion he is.
    "We bought this horse as a foal for Pier House so it's nice to be able to buy it off them as a yearling. He looks like he could be quite an early sort."
    Doyle signed at €98,000 for the colt at Goffs last November.


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  • Lot 100: b c Swiss Spirit - Catmint (Piccolo)
    The Doyles make a quick strike, going to £78,000 for a colt out of Caterina di Cesi, a half-sister to a Hannon star of past days in Risky.
    He was followed into the ring by a first-crop son of Swiss Spirit who provided a fine advert for his sire when knocked down to Kevin Ross for £52,000. Sold by Beechvale Stud, he was bought by Mick Flanagan for 16,500gns as a foal.
    Coming up is another highly regarded Flanagan - Swiss Spirit pinhook in lot 165, a colt that cost €72,000 at Goffs.
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  • Lot 112: b c Kodiac - City Dancer (Elusive City)
    A first purchase of the day for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which bought the top lot on this day here last year.
    Like most of the club's purchases, this colt will head over to Hong Kong in the March of his three-year-old year, perhaps to take up a date at the International Sale.
    "Kodiac is doing well in Hong Kong now," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He ended the Hong Kong season with a few nice winners and this colt is out of a mare by Elusive City, who has also done well in Hong Kong. There's plenty of speed there. He's a good walker with a powerful behind - he's the right type of horse and let's hope he has the ability to go with it.
    "In the meantime, he'll go to Malcolm Bastard and be brought along quietly."
    This particular colt was a €68,000 Goffs November pinhook by OMR Bloodstock. Sold by Monksland Stables, he is out of the Listed-placed sprinter City Dancer and from the further Peter Harris family of Leporello and Poppy Carew.
    Richards also had news of last year's £200,000 Casamento colt.
    "He's doing really well," he said. "He's going through the motions and will head to Hong Kong in March."
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  • Lot 119: b c Farhh - Comeraincomeshine (Night Shift)
    There might not be the volume of foals associated with a first-crop sire on the ground for Farhh but that hasn't prevented the Darley stallion from making a good impression.
    Last winter, six of his foals sold for an average just shy of 45,000gns and were snapped up by some prominent judges, notably John Ferguson and Flash Conroy.
    Today, he reaches a new high with the sale of his first yearling through the ring, a half-brother to Listed winner Danehill Destiny who sells for £170,000 to Jill Lamb. Angus Gold, receiving encouragement from John Gosden, was the underbidder.
    Champion and Lockinge Stakes winner Farhh has a crop of 38 yearlings bred off a fee of £17,500. This particular colt is the seventh foal out of his dam, a half-sister to top miler Where Or When.
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  • Lot 121: gr f Dark Angel - Cover Girl (Common Grounds)
    Cover Girl has been an excellent mare over the years for Yeomanstown Stud as the dam of Shermeen and Mister Manannan, and that continues today with the sale of her 11th foal, a daughter of Dark Angel, for £210,000 to the BBA Ireland on behalf of Maura Gittins.
    Another member of the BBA Ireland team, Adrian Nicoll, was the underbidder while standing with Barry Hills.
    "She'll go back to Castle Farm Stud in Ireland and a trainer will be decided at a later date," said Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland.
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  • Lot 127: gr c Dark Angel - Cut No Ice (Verglas)
    A brilliant few minutes for Yeomanstown Stud continues with the sale of this colt for £165,000 to Ed Sackville of SackvilleDonald. 

    "He'll go into training with Tom Dascombe,” said Sackville. “He's been bought for Michael Owen and Steve Mound, who's a partner in Kachy. 


    “He's by a very good stallion from an exceptional female family. He's a lovely two-year-old type who's bred to be fast. He had a great walk and everyone liked him. Fingers crossed.”

    This colt's page is speed top to bottom. He is the first foal of his dam, a 5f winner at two who is a half-sister to champion sprinter Pipalong and Listed winner Out Of Africa. This is also the immediate family of the fast performers Silver Shoon, China Eyes and Great Minds while his third dam is champion Irish miler Grey Goddess.
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