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Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale - Friday, May 20, 2016

Martin Stevens brings you all the action as it happens live from the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale

  • The British and Irish breeze-up season climaxes at Goresbridge today.

    The auction has carved a niche as a source of top-class talent at bargain prices. Graduates are headed by Fiesolana, bought by Federico Barberini for €35,000 in 2011 who later sold to the NIarchos family for 960,000gns and won the Matron Stakes.

    Other top-flight winners Music Show and Willyconker were also bought at Goresbridge, as was Blue De Vega, a fancy for tomorrow's Irish 2,000 Guineas. The son of Lope De Vega was bought by trainer Michael O'Callaghan for €75,000 from the consignment of Tally-Ho Stud.

    Fiesolana: bought for just €35,000 at Goresbridge 


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  • Leading sires represented in the catalogue include Dark Angel, Dutch Art, Exchange Rate, Invincible Spirit, Kodiac, Lawman, Mastercraftsman, Pivotal, Shamardal and Zoffany.

    The following lots in the catalogue are siblings to black-type performers

    Lot 8    Intense Focus half-brother to Gr.3 Sliver Flash Stakes winner Luminous Eyes 
    Lot 9    Dandy Man half-sister to Listed placed Aerial Acclaim
    Lot 21  Equiano half-sister to dual-Group 2 placed juvenile Palawan
    Lot 26  Harbour Watch three-parts brother to Weisse Socken (Listed-placed, Norway)
    Lot 27  Casamento half brother to Dubai World Cup winner Prince Bishop
    Lot 29  Lord Shanakill half-brother to Saint Sevan (Listed placed)
    Lot 30  First Defence half-sister to Listed placed Made Up (USA)
    Lot 45  Dragon Pulse three-parts sister to Pausanias (Listed European Free Handicap)
    Lot 49  Kyllachy half-brother to Squash (Listed placed, Newmarket)
    Lot 52  Intense Focus half-brother to 2015 Galway Listed winner Laviniad
    Lot 53  Frozen Power half-sister to Noguchi (Listed placed, Italy)
    Lot 60  Dandy Man half-brother to German Gr.3 winner Donnerschlag
    Lot 62  Creative Cause half-brother to French Gr.3 placed Absolute Music
    Lot 65  Shamardal half-brother to Italian Gr.3 placed Hortos
    Lot 66  Zebedee half-brother to Gr.3 placed Parsley (Newmarket)
    Lot 68  Power half-brother to French Listed placed Russiana
    Lot 71  Elzaam half-sister to 2015 Listed placed Newbury 2yo Thatsallimsaying
    Lot 74  Pivotal full-brother to Gr.3 Queen Mary third Hairy Rocket and a half to Gr.3 placed Marsh Hawk
    Lot 78  Harbour Watch half-brother to Listed winner Cannon Hill
    Lot 89  The Factor three-parts sister to Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Giovanni Boldini
    Lot 102 Lope De Vega half-sister to Listed Curragh juvenile winner Boca Dancer
    Lot 103 Requinto half-sister to Sandown Gr.3 winner Barbajuan
    Lot 110 Sir Prancealot half-sister to 2015 Curragh Gr.3 winner Bear Cheek (also a Goresbridge graduate!)
    Lot 112 Holy Roman Emperor half-sister to Gr.3 Queens Vase runner-up Amerigo
    Lot 113 Lilbourne Lad half-brother to Saint-Cloud Gr.3 winner Perugina and Deauville Gr.3 placed Sovana
    Lot 115 Bernardini half-brother to Keeneland Gr.3 runner-up Zinzay
    Lot 119 Nathaniel half-brother to Saratoga Listed winner and Gr.2 placed Julie's Love and also to Listed placed (in Germany) Julissima
    Lot 121 Kodiac half-brother to Naas Listed runner-up Galway Bay
    Lot 122 Holy Roman Emperor half to three stakes horses in England/Italy, including Italian Oaks third Whippy Cream.
    Lot 130 Elzaam half-brother to Italian Listed winner Chiara Wells
    Lot 134 Harbour Watch half-sister to Haydock Gr.3 winner Mulaqat 
    Lot 136 Mastercraftsman half-brother to Gr.3 placed Fiery Red (Curragh & Leopardstown)
    Lot 140 Myboycharlie half-sister to Newbury Listed winner Saxford
    Lot 142 Red Rocks half-sister to Wokingham Stakes, Royal Ascot winner Dandy Boy (also Gr.3 runner-up Leopardstown)
    Lot 145 Bushranger half-brother to Newbury Listed placed Sensei
    Lot 146 Alexandros half-brother to Deauville Listed winner Terre Du Vent (also Gr.2 runner-up)
    Lot 147 Big Bad Bob half-brother to Listed winner Bachelor Son
    Lot 148 Apsis full-brother to Longchamp Gr.1 winner Les Beaufs
    Lot 153 Royal Applause half-brother to Newmarket Listed winner Selinka
    Lot 156 Canford Cliffs half-brother to Newbury Listed placed Fourth Way
    Lot 163 Casamento half-sister to Saint-Cloud Gr.3 winner Skins Game & French Listed winner Epatha
    Lot 176 First Defense full-brother to Lingfield Listed placed Dancetrack
    Lot 186 Soviet Star half-brother to 2016 UAE 1000 Guineas placed Kabaw (also a Goresbridge graduate)
    Lot 192 Harbour Watch half-brother to Meydan Gr.2 winner Excellent Result
    Lot 209 Dandy Man half-brother to three stakes horses incl. Gr.1 Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Dimenticata
    Lot 224 Sir Prancealot half-brother to York Listed winner Bahamian Babe
    Lot 253 Arcano half-sister to 2016 Listed Spring Cup winner Haalick 

    Giovanni Boldini: lot 89 is his three-parts sister 

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  • You can follow how pinhooks are faring on the index of previously sold lots here



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  • Sale gets underway with Lot 2, a Royal Applause colt out of a daughter of Group 3 winner Mixed Blessing consigned by Michael Heneghan, knocked down for €13,000
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  • A fair pinhook result as lot 13, an Equiano colt out of a sister to Criterion Stakes winner Suggestive, is knocked down to Bobby O'Ryan for €30,000.

    Consigned by Elone Stables, he was purchased as a yearling at Tattersalls by Five Star Bloodstock for 6,000gns.
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  • Three big prices in a row...

    Lot 17, a daughter of Dutch Art out of the Van NIstelrooy mare Crimson Cheer, was knocked down to Aidan O'Ryan for €48,000.

    The filly was consigned by Katie Walsh's Greenhills Farm. Walsh has been associated with another successful runner by the sire, as she pinhooked multiple Group 2 winner Caspar Netscher.

    Lot 18, a Paddy O'Prado colt from Friars Lough Stables, was the subject of a bidding war with the computer coming out best as Singaporean trainer CT Kuah used the online bidding facility to register a winning bid of €85,000.

    BBA Ireland bought the colt, who hails from the top family of Running Stag and Street Boss, for $20,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

    Lot 19 from Ballylinch Stud qualified as one of the best-bred colts in the catalogue, as a son of Acclamation out of the Group 3 winner Anam Allta, who is out of Listed winner Kiltubber who is in turn out of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Priory Belle.

    Bobby O'Ryan was the winning bidder at €42,000.

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  • Lot 35 ch c Zoffany-One A Gazelle (Montjeu)

    A good pinhooking result for Norman Williamson's Oak Tree Farm as his son of Zoffany out of Darkling, a Montjeu mare closely related to Coronation Cup and St Leger winner Scorpion, is knocked down to Jamie Lloyd for €72,000.

    Mags O'Toole bought the colt for 27,000gns from Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

    He will go into training with Marco Botti.
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  • Lot 38 br c Invincible Spirit-Dffra (Refuse To Bend)

    A six-figure price is achieved for the first time this year as Adam Driver sees off all challengers at €160,000 for one of two Invincible Spirit two-year-olds in the catalogue, this one a colt out of the Refuse To Bend mare Dffra, a half-sister to Sweet Solera Stakes winner Albabilia, from Oghill House Stud.

    Driver said: "He did a really good, fast breeze and was moving great when we went back to see him this morning. He's a really strong, powerful, muscular individual."

    He added the colt would likely go into training in the UK and will go back to Newmarket where a trainer will be decided.
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  • Lot 40 b c Kodiac-Sutton Veny (Acclamation)

    It doesn't take long for another six-figure price to arrive as David Redvers is successful at €100,000 for a colt from Tally-Ho Stud by the operation's flagship sire Kodiac out of five-time winner Sutton Veny.

    The salubrious Goresbridge sales complex is unlikely to have been graced by many sheikhs, but Sheikh Fahad is on hand to cast his eye over the lots on offer.

    Redvers said: "We've had luck with Kodiacs from Tally-Ho Stud at this sale, so we're going back to the goldmine. This colt did one of the most impressive breezes too."

    Redvers' previous Kodiac purchases from Tally-Ho Stud at this sale include Group 3 winner Bear Cheek and Listed scorer Terror.

    No trainer has been decided for the latest acquisition.

    The Kodiac colt was bought back by Tally-Ho Stud for just 19,000gns when offered as a foal at Tattersalls.


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  • Lot 49 b c Kyllachy-Super Midge (Royal Applause)

    Adam Driver strikes again at €155,000 for this colt from Grove Stud.

    He was a shrewd pinhook by Brendan Holland, as he cost only 32,000gns at Book 2 of last year's October Yearling Sale and since the purchase his half-sister Squash has finished second in the Nell Gwyn Stakes and third in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes.
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  • Lot 60 b c Dandy Man-Dame Hester (Diktat)

    Michael O'Callaghan adds this Tally-Ho Stud-consigned Dandy Man half-brother to German Group 3 winner Donnerschlag out of Listed-placed Dame Hester to his string at €75,000.

    O'Callaghan signed for another Tally-Ho Stud lot,  Irish 2,000 Guineas candidate Blue De Vega, for the same amount at Goresbridge last year. That colt subsequently ran for a partnership including O'Callaghan and Tally-Ho Stud before he revealed his talent and was sold to Qatari interests.
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  • NEW SALE RECORD

    Lot 65 b c Shamardal-La Belle Dane (Danetime)

    The only lot by Shamardal in the catalogue was bound to be in demand and so it proved, as Ross Doyle and Richard Brown were among the frustrated underbidders when Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland secured him for €270,000 - a cool €100,000 more than the previous sale record set last year.

    The colt, out of a Danetime sister to stakes winners Baltic King and Domingues, was offered by Mocklershill and was, unbelievably, let go for just 30,000gns at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

    Reilly said of the colt: "He has been bought for a very longstanding client in Maura Gittins and will go into training in Britain, with the trainer to be decided.

    "There's not too much to say about him - he's a Shamardal with a very good pedigree and we loved his breeze."

    Gittins has been associated with good horses such as Akarem and Rodrigo De Torres.

    Her new acquisition was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock. The dam, La Belle Dane, was covered by Heeraat, who stands at just €4,000, last year.



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  • Two quickfire six-figure lots

    Lot 74 b c Pivotal-Asaawir (Royal Applause)

    Gaybrook Lodge Stud pulls off a notable pinhook strike as this 30,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 purchase turns into a €150,000 sale when bought by Alex Elliott on behalf of Bill Gredley.

    "He's a beautiful horse and did an exceptional breeze - he was the colt in the catalogue I wanted most," said Elliott.

    The son of Pivotal is a half-brother to two Group-placed two-year-olds in Hairy Rocket and Marsh Hawk, and is out of the Listed-placed Royal Applause mare Asaawir. Further back it is the family of the Queen's Derby third Carlton House and star staying brothers Duncan and Samuel.

    Lot 76 b f Dark Angel-Hucking Hot (Desert Prince)

    Another recruit for Qatar Racing as David Redvers buys this daughter of Dark Angel and the Grade 1-placed Desert Prince mare Hucking Hot for €135,000.

    The Horse Park Stud-consigned filly was a €22,000 vendor buyback at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.
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  • Lot 108 b c Naaqoos-Take Blood (Take RIsks)

    Naaqoos, a Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner by Oasis Dream and with a top pedigree, failed to live up to expectations as a stallion and last year was sold to stand in Morocco. Derryconnor managed to get a bit of a tune out of him, though, by selling this colt out of a Listed-placed dam for €40,000.

    George Mullins picked up the brother to Flying Blood, a three-time winner in France, for just €12,000 at Arqana last October.
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  • A happy team Mocklershill with their Shamardal colt, pinhooked for 30,000gns and resold for €270,000 


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  • Lot 127 b c Requinto-Primeshade Promise (Opening Verse)

    It's fair to say this colt doesn't have the most black-type heavy pedigree but he dazzled in yesterday's breeze at Gowran Park and David Redvers, who takes timings seriously, snapped him up for €165,000.

    "He did an exceptional time among a very good bunch of breezers and the sale deserves to have been the success it is," said Redvers.

    The colt, consigned by Knockanglass Stables, was bought for just €3,000 at Goffs three months ago - it goes to show how much difference a good breeze can make.

    FIrst-season sire Requinto has had one winner from three runners.
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  • An update on the internet link-up with the SIngapore Turf Club, with today's sale being beamed to the owners and trainers lounge at Kranji.

    At least three lots have been bought by Singapore buyers on the facility - lot 18, the Paddy O'Prado colt, for €85,000 and lot 113, a son of Lilbourne Lad, for €40,000, both to go into training with Alvin CT Kuah.

    Another, lot 51, was bought by Tan Kian Huay for €18,000.

    In all, six horses have been bid on electronically from Singapore.
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  • Sheikh Fahad working the boxes at Goresbridge, along with other members of the Qatar Bloodstock team Peter Molony and Hannah Wall 


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  • Lot 155 b c First Defence-La Rignana (Galileo)

    Likely a first purchase at Goresbridge by Al Shaqab Racing as Peter and Ross Doyle secure a First Defence colt from the family of US champion two-year-old filly Halfbridled for €150,000, consigned by Brown Island Stables.

    The colt is out of a mare by Galileo - damsire this year of Al Shaqab's 2,000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner La Cressonniere.

    Chad Schumer bought the lot for just $35,000 at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
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  • Lot 169 b f Spirit One-Run On Ruby (Muhtathir)

    Another lot who did not necessarily look a likely star on paper, but who put in a good breeze and reaped rewards for the vendor - in this case Ardglas Stables.

    Matt Coleman and Harry Dunlop, the buyer and trainer behind last year's French Group 1 winner Robin Of Navan, struck the winning bid of €66,000 for another French-bred eligible for French premiums.

    The daughter of Spirit One, a winner of the Arlington Million who succumbed to a tumour last month, is out of a winning Muhtathir half-sister to Group 2 Prix du Muguet winner Zinabaa.

    Ardglas Stables paid just €4,000 for the filly at the Arqana October Yearling Sale.

    This has been some breeze-up season for Arglas Stables, who memorably topped the Tattersalls Guineas Sale with a Le Havre colt pinhooked for €15,000 and resold for 300,000gns.
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  • Lot 207 ch c Rock Of Gibraltar-Sweet Sioux (Halling)

    Another good pinhooking result for Knockanglass Stables as this Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of a Halling half-sister to the useful First Mohican.

    Bought for €15,000 at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, he is resold to John McGrath for €60,000.
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  • Thank you to Amy Lynam for these pictures of some of the protagonists at Goresbridge today

    Eamonn Reilly and Aisling Kinane 

    Alex Elliott doing his utmost to keep his conversation concealed 

    Ross (left) and Peter Doyle in familiar pose, signing a docket 

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  • Goresbridge Breeze-up 2016 is over, and here are the final figures:

    Catalogued: 255

    Offered: 233

    Sold: 183 (79% - down from 86% in 2015)

    Aggregate: €5,289,500 (+13%)

    Average: €28,904 (+9%)

    Median: €16,000 (-6%)
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