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Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale 2017 - Promotional Preview

Ahead of the 2017 Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale we preview the sale with a mix of interviews, stats, history and pedigree updates

    Goresbridge graduate ANDA MUCHACHO maintained his unbeaten record and gained his first Group success when taking the Group 3 Premio Parioli, the Italian equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, at Capannelle on Monday. Ridden by Dario Vargiu, he and the favourite Patriot Hero tracked the pace set by Aspettatemi, with the market leader taking over proceedings entering the final furlong. The race looked to be over until ANDA MUCHACHO clicked into an extra gear in the last 50 metres, racing home late to win by a short head.
    Bruno Grizzetti, of training partnership Il Cavallo in Testa, said afterwards; “He is a good horse and improves with each start. He could stay further, but I don’t know if he will run in the Derby Italiano. That is a question for the owner.”
    Marco Bozzi purchased the winner for €26,000 at the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale, where he was consigned by Tom Whitehead’s Powerstown Stud, who consign five two-year-olds at the approaching renewal.
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  • Previous graduates from the Goresbridge Breeze-Up sale include Group 1 winning fillies FIESOLANA (Matron Stakes, Leopardstown) and MUSIC SHOW (Falmouth Stakes, Newmarket) plus KAMANCHO who won the Grand Criterium and the Group 2 Grand Sprint in Russia.  PRINCE RAKAN won the Group 2 Crown Prince Cup in Saudi Arabia, BLUE DE VEGA (won Group 3 Killavullan Stakes, Leopardstown and placed third in Irish 2000 Guineas), BEAR CHEEK (won Group 3 Curragh Stakes, The Curragh), DUTCH MASTERPIECE (won Group 3 Flying Five Stakes, The Curragh), Norwegian Classic winner HAVANNAS DREAM (Norsk 1000 Guineas, Ovrevoll) plus recent stakes winners LETTERS OF NOTE, HUNT, TERROR, SHADOW HUNTER, SPEEDO BOY (2017) etc
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  • This year’s sale includes full or half-siblings to the following stakes performers: AMORAMA (Dual Grade 1 winner in the USA), Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes winner ELLETELLE, Group 2 July Stakes winner CLASSIC BLADE, three-time Group 2 winner BALTHAZAAR’S GIFT, Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner SORAAYA and Group 1 placed DECLARATION OF WAR, 2016 Group 3 winner MAIMARA, Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed DANZAR, Group 3 winner INVINCIBLE ASH, Group 3 Molecomb Stakes winner MONSIEUR CHEVALLIER in addition to Stakes winners TERROR and ELLEVAL, to name but a few.
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  • Of the first-season sires represented at the upcoming Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale, Swiss Spirit and the late Society Rock both have two winners to their name, while Epaulette, Havana Gold and Style Vendome have also gotten off the the mark with their first scorers.
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  • Blue De Vega (nearside) swoops late to land the Group 3 Killavullen Stakes at Leopardstown at two.
    The son of Lope De Vega subsequently finished third behind Awtaad in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. 
    Sold by Tally-Ho Stud, he was a €75,000 purchase for trainer Michael O'Callaghan at the 2015 Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale.
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  • Fiesolana, a five-time Group winner, surges clear to land the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
    Sold by Ardmayle House Stud, the daughter of Aussie Rules was a €35,000 purchase for Federico Barberini at the 2011 Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale.
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  • Ce La Vie, a €72,000 purchase for Boby O'Ryan at last year's Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale from Oak Tree Farm, lines up in Sunday's 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
    She would not be the first Classic runner to come out of the sale as last year, Blue De Vega went on to finish third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
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  • Barney Roy was closest to Churchill at the finish of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.
    His sire, Excelebration, will be represented by two colts and a filly at the upcoming Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale, including: 
    • From Meadowlands Stud, a son of the winning Grand Slam mare, Ms Sophie Eleanor, who is a half-sister to the Racing Post Trophy scorer Saratoga Springs, who in turn is out of a half-sister to Play It Safe, a champion two-year-old filly in Europe. 
    • From Ballyvorgal Stables, a son of the winning Giant's Causeway mare Missionary Hymn, from the family of Singspiel and Rahy.
    • From Kilcorral House Stables, a daughter of the winning Elusive Quality mare Quality Cheryl, a half-sister to the Flying Childers Stakes third Sound Of Guns. They in turn are out of Eastern Lily, a useful performer in the US.
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  • Willie McCreery chats to Kevin O'Ryan about the upcoming Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale and the Group 1 winning graduate Fiesolana.
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  • Horses purchased at Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale are eligible to run in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series 2017.
    Click on the image to find out more!
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  • The Andre Fabre-trained Al Wukair was an impressive third in Saturday's 2,000 Guineas.
    His sire, Dream Ahead, is represented by two colts at the upcoming Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale:
    • From Glenbawn Stables, a colt out of the unraced Elusive Quality mare Mistify, who in turn is out of Modeeroch, a three-time Listed winner who was second to Rumplestiltskin in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh, from the family of champion juvenile and sire Belardo.
    • From Ponderosa Stud, a colt out of the winning Choisir mare Queen Grace, who in turn is out of a sister to both the high-class Nunthorpe Stakes runner-up and sire Paris House and the dam of Irish Derby hero Cape Blanco.
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  • Lot 89 - UPDATES
    An Oasis Dream filly out of Hideaway Heroine has had some significant updates to the pedigree page. DIDITI, an addition under the first dam, has won two races and has also been placed twice in five starts this year.
    Another half-sister, the dual Group 3 winner Maimara, was only beaten 2 1/4 lengths when finishing fourth to Ervedya in the Prix du Moulin. 
    The filly is qualified for French Owners' Premiums and consigned by Egmont Stud. 
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  • Breedin' For Sweden
    Lot 167, a colt by the late Big Bad Bob out of Ahea, is eligible for the Swedish Derby. 
    Lot 171, a Choisir filly out of Deraaya and from the family of Haydock Sprint Cup winner Markab is eligible for both the Swedish Derby and Oaks. 
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  • Nell Gwyn Stakes scorer Daban finished third in Sunday's 1,000 Guineas, behind the Aidan O'Brien trained pair of Winter and Rhododendron.
    Her sire, Acclamation, is represented by four fillies and a colt at the upcoming Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sales:
    • From Mocklershill, a daughter of Qalahari, who was second in the Listed Bosra Sham Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket, from the family of National Stakes winner Mus-If and the National Stakes third Jammaal. This filly is the third of four foals out of the mare by the Rathbarry stalwart.
    • From Kilbrew Stables, a daughter of Universe, who is a half-sister to the high-class sprinter and sire Amadeus Wolf, and the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes scorer Rouleau. They in turn are out of a winning half-sister to Italian Derby second Wild Wolf, out of Italian Oaks second Rose Violet.
    • From Dolmen Bloodstock, a son of the Barathea mare Bokhara Silk, who is a half-sister to the classy Acclamation filly Cake, out of a half-sister to the Futurity Stakes third Classic Fountain.
    • From Egmont Stud, a daughter of the aptly named Galileo mare Galileos Daughter, from a family of winners including Bachir, the last horse to complete the Guineas double in Ireland and France, when he did so in 2000. Galileo seems to be at establishing himself as a quality broodmare sire as well, with Barney Roy finishing second in Saturday's 2,000 Guineas. 
    • From Baroda and Colbinstown Studs, a daughter of the unraced Street Cry mare Selma, a half-sister to the Graded-placed Shared Dreams, out of the prolific Graded winner Coretta. Further back in the pedigree is the remarkable Prix de la Foret winner Brocade, who went on to produce two Irish Classic winners in Barathea and Gossamer.
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  • Here is an example of the in-hand videos now available on the Goresbridge website. Above is Lot 1 by Approve out of Chaste consigned by Killinane.

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  • There are 70 lots eligible for Plus 10 Bonuses catalogued in the upcoming sale. 
    "Plus 10 is an industry-funded bonus scheme for British and Irish Flat thoroughbred owners and breeders. Qualified two and three-year-old horses can win a £10,000 (€12,500) bonus on top of race prize money."
    Additionally, there are six lots which are eligible for French Breeders' Premiums. These premiums are calculated based on prize money, owners premiums and amount to at least €30m each year. These are; 
    Lot 21
    Lot 70
    Lot 73
    Lot 89 (update, not in catalogue)
    Lot 123
    Lot 184
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    Martin Dononhue of Goresbridge Sales with ITM CEO Charles O'Neill​ pictured at last year's sales. 
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  • Breezing on a beautiful day is Lot 156 by Elusive Pimpernel out of the two time winner Blue Eyed Miss. Elusive Pimpernel is a resident of the Irish National Stud and from a modest stud fee has an extraordinary strike rate of 33% winners to runners on the flat. The colt in the video is from the extended family of Beat Hollow, New Bay, Oasis Dream and Kingman.

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  • Kodiac was responsible for Best Solution, this weekend's winner of the Betfred Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield. 
    Best Solution, owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, won by an impressive 3 1/4 lengths and is now a general 14/1 shot for the Epsom Derby on June 3rd. 
    Kodiac, arguably best known as a producer of sprinters, has 14 lots catalogued for the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale.
    • Lot 4, from Belmont Stud is a filly from the family of the Listed winning mares Miss Beaulieu, Miss Corniche and Miss Riviera Golf
    • Lot 17, is a colt from Knockanglass Stables who is a half-brother to the three time winner Gracious Tom. 2016 Group 3 Renaissance Stakes winner The Happy Prince features in the family. 
    • Lot 20, is a filly consigned by Tally-Ho Stud and is a half-sister to two winners. The family boasts such winners as Smart Coco, Sayyedati, Almushahar and Star Storm. 
    • Lot 24, from Gaybrook Lodge Stud is a filly out of Baltic Dip who herself was a winner at two. Triple Threat, Pina Colada and champion miler Canford Cliffs are some of the names featuring in the pedigree. 
    • Lot 40, Tally-Ho Stud again consign this filly who is a half-sister to the five-time winner Fashion Tycoon. Fashion Tycoon also produced Fashion Queen, a Listed winner in Germany last year. Balthazaar's Gift, the multiple Group 2 winner is part of the extended family. 
    • Lot 50, the third Kodiac in Tally-Ho's strong draft is a colt out of the winning Redback mare, Baltic Belle. He is an own-brother to Bosra Sham Stakes winner Terror and a half-brother to three other winners. Recent Bet 365 Mile hero Sovereign Debt is one of the most recent winners on the page. 
    • Lot 60, from Tally-Ho Stud, is a half-sister to the Listed winner Swift Approval. This filly is from a speedy family including Anthem Alexander, Dandy Man, Hamza and Sudirman. 
    • Lot 94, consigned by Powerstown Stud, is out of the nine-time winner Miss Neoki. She hails from the family of Champion mare Cassandra Go who herself produced the multiple Group 1 winner Halfway to Heaven, dam of  1000 Guineas runner-up and Oaks favourite Rhododendron. 
    • Lot 96, from Knockgraffon Stables, is the second foal out of the winning mare Cat Fire. The page is ripe with black-type boasting the French 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Avenir Certain along with 2016 July Stakes and Richmond winner Mehmas. 
    • Lot 120, the penultimate Kodiac in Tally-Ho's draft  is out of the unraced Dansili mare Primula. The colt hails from a family of stars including Phoenix Tower, Day Flight and Nebraska Tornado. 
    • Lot 131, a filly from Knockanglass Stables, is a half-sister to three winners. Derrinstown Derby Trial runner-up Address Unknown is out of the second-dam who is an own-sister to Dushyantor.
    • Lot 153, consigned by Kilminfoyle House Stud, is a filly out of the winning Indian Ridge mare Indian Belle. Indian Belle has produced five winners and is grandam of Mind of Madness, winner of the Julia Graves Roses Stakes and runner-up to Baitha Alga in the Norfolk. Dragon Pulse and Shalaa are also part of the extended family. 
    • Lot 168, is from Mocklershill and is the first foal out of the Soviet Star mare Knock Stars. Knock Stars is Listed placed and was also third in the Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown. Indian Gal, Dubawi Heights and Make Believe are some of the names in the pedigree. 
    • Lot 205, from Greenhills Farm is the final Kodiac in the sale. The filly is out of the Gulch mare Bluebell Park who has produced four winners to date. Her grandam is Mystery Rays, a dual Group 3 winner who has also produced Craven Stakes winner King of Happiness.  
    Best Solution at Lingfield
    by Racing Post Bloodstock edited by Ollie O'Donoghue 5/15/2017 1:04:45 PM
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  • Cassandra Go features in the pedigree of Lot 94. The champion mare also features in Chris McGrath's article "Impending motherhood- the debate that is set to run and run" on today's bloodstock desk. 
    Read the feature by clicking on the picture below;
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  • Irish Thoroughbred Marketing caught up with consignor Mark Flannery from Egmont Stud. They consign 12 two-year-olds at this years sale. 
    Click here to read the interview. 
    Egmont Stud consigned Flying Fairies at Goresbridge in 2015. Here she is after winning the Listed Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown
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  • UPDATE - LOT 236
    OUR KID out of the second dam RED SHOE has won on his first time out at Wolverhampton trained by Richard Fahey. 
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  • Bloodstock Agent Alex Elliott was in the hot seat for our recent "Getting to Know You"
    One of the questions he was asked was; 
    "Which stallion do you think does not get the credit he deserves?"
    "Fast Company. In his first season he had Baitha Alga who won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, and he's had Jet Setting. He's only in his fourth season [with runners], and for €7,000 you get good-looking, durable racehorses. I think he's better than his stud fee would suggest."
    Fast Company has four lots catalogued for next weeks sale including;
    • Lot 27, from Derryconnor Stud, a filly out of the winning mare Grand Zafeen, she is a half-sister to the 2016 Listed winner Nice Name. Her grandam is Fred Darling and Oak Tree Stakes heroine Majestic Desert. 
    • Lot 138, from Mayfield Stables, a bay filly who is half-sister to the dual Listed-placed Maid in Heaven. Her extended family include the champion miler Grey Goddess, champion mare Pipalong and up-and-coming French sire Gris De Gris. 
    • Lot 216, a colt from Mount Corbitt Stables, is out of the four-time Listed placed Alarme Belle who has produced four winners including the Listed scorer Aria Di Festa. The colt's half-sister is proving quite the broodmare being responsible for the multiple Listed winner Mixed Intention who also finished second to Immortal Verse in the Sandringham. 
    • Lot 236, from Ponderosa House, is a filly with a recent update to the pedigree. Her second dam has had a winner first time out for Richard Fahey named Our Kid. The family also includes Jolypha and Dancing Brave. 
    Click on the image below to read the full interview with Alex Elliott. 
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  • Most Improved had his first winner named Tremont, yesterday at Saint-Malo, France trained by Stephane Wattel. 
    Most Improved, a son of Lawman out of the Linamix mare Tonnara won the St. James's Palace Stakes at Ascot in 2012 after a strong juvenile campaign in which he finished third in the Dewhurst to Parish Hall. Initially trained by Brian Meehan he later switched to the hands of Aidan O'Brien where he finished third in the Group 3 International Stakes at the Curragh. 
    He is represented by four lots next at next weeks Breeze Up Sale. 
    • Lot 22, from Skryne Stables, is a colt out of the Black Sam Bellamy mare Shebelia. Shebelia is a half-sister to champion Silvano and dual Group 1 winner Sabiango. 
    • Lot 87, from Ballinahulla, is a colt out of the winning mare Lilakiya. By Dr. Fong, Lilakiya has produced four winners from four runners including Minstrels Gallery a seven-time winner who put away subsequent Group 3 winner Qewy in a handicap hurdle at Doncaster. 
    • Lot 88, a filly from Mocklershill, is the first foal out of multiple winning Marju mare Bint Alzain. The family includes multiple Group winner Brunel. 
    • Lot 158, from Mayfield Stables, is a colt from the family of Miss Zafonic who finished second to Embassy in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot. Group winners Rochester and Road to Rock are in the family. 
    Read more about Most Improved's first winner by clicking on the image below. 
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  • Katie McGivern of Derryconnor Stud is another consignor who caught up with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing for a short Q&A. 
    They have a draft of five by sires Fast Company, Zoffany, Camacho, Footstepsinthesand and Lope De Vega. 
    Read the full interview here.
    Kitty Fitzpatrick (left) with Katie McGivern (right)
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  • If you're not at Gowran are you watching the breeze live? You can do so by clicking on the link here.
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