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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

    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 144: b c Dark Angel - Divert (Oasis Dream)
     
    Dark Angel continues to dominate as Angus Gold sees off the Hong Kong Jockey Club at £250,000 for the new top lot, a colt from Manister House Stud.
     
    He was one of the day's pricier pinhooks, having cost 105,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. Bred by Stephanie von Schilcher, he is the first foal out of his dam, a half-sister to the German Oaks runner-up Dominante from the good German family of Denaro and Davidoff.
     
     
     
    “I thought he was a very nice horse,” said Gold. “Interestingly he wasn't the most fluent walker but he trotted beautifully. A lot of trainers liked him very much and Sheikh Hamdan wants me to buy for the trainers.
     

    “We've had a bit of luck with Dark Angel before with the likes of Heeraat, Estidhkaar and Markaz. I wasn't going to go that high but when you see people like Hong Kong [Jockey Club] are in there strong you've got to step up to the plate a bit.

     

    “He's bred to be decent, in terms of sire and damsire, although it's not a pedigree we know terrible well. But if he runs like he trots we'll be ok,” concluded Gold. 

     
    Luke Barry of vendor Manister House Stud added: "A partnership that took a punt on a nice foal brought him to Doncaster because it's been a very lucky sale for us [Manister House sold the Group 1 winners La Collina and Law Enforcement here]. The sire speaks for himself and let's hope he's a racehorse."
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    Adding an international element to today's sale was the sale of a Wootton Bassett colt for £38,000 to Will Douglass on behalf of Charlie Fellowes, who is currently operating at a 24 per cent strike rate. By a stallion who sired French Derby winner Almanzor out of a first crop of 17 foals, the colt is the first foal out of Celsius Degre, the winner of over £40,000 who descends from the excellent Lagardere mare Fragrant Hill.
     
    Maxios, meanwhile, was represented by a colt that sold for £42,000 to Ger Lyons in a private transaction this morning while the first yearling to sell by Le Havre realised £16,000 to Empire International.
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    Lot 233: b f Zoffany - Just Joey (Averti)
     
    Amanda Skiffington will be hoping that lightning strikes twice, two years after buying the Zoffany filly Architecture at this sale. Skiffington went to £160,000 to secure this filly, the second foal out of the Listed-placed Just Joey sold by Worsall Grange.
     
    Her sale obviously boosts Zoffany's average for the day considerably - prior to lot 233, it was running at £36,667 for six sold. Zoffany, the sire of Foundation, Architecture, Illuminate and Washington DC among others out of his first crop, stood the past season for €45,000.
     
    So far, his second crop has yielded four 2yo winners in Britain and Ireland. 
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