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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

  • Plenty of sunshine, two-year-olds and a picture perfect setting. 
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  • A horse returns to the stable yard after breezing

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  • Time Trail by Swiss Spirit is a winner on the line in the first race at Catterick today. She has now won twice from her only two starts and holds an entry for the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury among others. 
    She is part of Swiss Spirit's first-crop and he only has one lot in the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale. This is;
    • Lot 29, a colt from Egmont Stud from the family of Group 3 winner Remus De La Tour, listed winners Chill and Childa and the famed Cassandra Go, Halfway to Heaven and Rhododendron. 
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  • The Breeze Show has now finished. There are certainly plenty of winners in the bunch!
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  • Rebel Assault (Excelebration) won the second division of the first at Catterick on his debut today. Excelebration has three lots catalogued for the sale tomorrow.
    • Lot 151, a colt out of Missionary Hymn from Ballyvorgal Stables. He boasts an extensive black-type pedigree which includes Glorious Song, Singspiel, Rahy, Mezzo Soprano and Japanese stars Verxina, Vivlos, Danon Chantilly and deceased sire Campanologist. 
    • Lot 197, from Kilcorral House Stables is a filly out of the winning mare Quality Cheryl. She has had 1 winner from 1 runner to-date and this filly is her second foal. This trend is clear throughout the dam line with her second dam producig three winners from three runners, the third dam having 11 winners from 11 winners. A host of black-type names fill the page.
    • Lot 207, a colt out of the Grand Slam mare Ms Sophie Eleanor from Meadowlands Stud. The extended family includes Racing Post trophy winner Saratoga Springs and Asus, Grade 3 Arlington International winner. 
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  • The sale kicks off in 15 minutes. Are you ready?
    All of yesterday's breezes are available to view here.
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  • A new top lot as a Lot 31 son of Sepoy sells to Stephen Hillen for €140,000. The colt was consigned by Horse Park Stud. 
    The colt is from the family of Iffraaj and the great mare Park Appeal, dam of Cape Cross.
    Watch his breeze here.
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  • The first six figure lot of the sales falls to Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud, who bought a daughter of Dark Angel consigned by Baroda and Colbinstown Stud. Foley paid €130,000 for the bay filly from the family of Dream Ahead for Clipper Logistics.
    "She did a very fast time yesterday and breezed very well," Foley remarked. "She is a nice type and the sire is a super stallion. She will be going into training with Michael Bell, who trains Main Desire for Steve."
    Main Desire is by High Chaparral and won the Listed Marygate Stakes at York last week and is now a leading fancy for the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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  • The top price didn't last long as Stephen Hillen went to €140,000 for Lot 31 by Sepoy. The chestnut colt was sold for €140,000.
    "He is for Kevin Ryan," the agent confirmed. "He clocked a good time yesterday and he was well recommended by Roger Marley (of the vendors). He vetted clean and is a fine big strong horse."
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  • The only horse catalogued by Tagula is the third member of the six figure club at Goresbridge. Lot 39 is a daughter of the Rathbarry and Glenview stallion who sired last year's July Cup and Prix de la Foret winner Limato.
    Peter Molony purchased the filly on behalf of David Redvers and Qatar Racing for €100,000.
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  • Fillies are selling well so far at Goresbridge and three of the four horses to sell for €100,000 or more are fillies. The latest six figure filly is Lot 62 from Brendan Holland's Grove stud. A daughter of Kyllachy, she is the first foal of the winning Bahamian Bounty mare Miss Bunter. Anthony Stoud signed for her at €110,000 and she will go into training with Simon Crisford.
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  • Juddmonte Farms second season sire Bated Breath copied his sire Dansili with 19 2yo winners in his first season. He definitely impressed with his early progeny and a colt from his second crop brought the mercury to boiling point at a sweltering Goresbridge, selling for €210,000, the second highest price ever achieved at this sale.
    It was a fantastic pin hook success for brother and sister team of Mark and Paula Flannery, who consigned the colt from their Egmont Stud. They bought him for 5,000gns at Book of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
    He was bred by Fonthill Farms and Mr J Dean out of the winning Trempolino mare Tremelo Pointe, a half sister to Dream Eater.
    He will be a first runner in Ireland for the Florida-based e5 Racing, the Edwards family, who own last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf winner New Money Honey.
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  • Lot 93 - A colt by Footsepsinthesand out of the multiple Group 3 winner Miss Sally from the Meadowview Stables draft.
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  • Lot 70, a Dabirsim colt from Tally Ho sold to Federico Barberini for €140,000
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  • A packed sales ring here at Goresbridge.
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  • Lot 58, a colt by Footstepsinthesand ex. La Quinta makes a nice return on investment when selling for €40,000. He was bought for €16,000 at last year's Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling sale.
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  • A unique offering at Goresbridge is well received by vendors with the only horse offered for sale by Lonhro selling for €100,000.
    Consigned by Kilminfoyle House Stud, the strapping black colt was bred in Kentucky by Doug and Felicia Branham out of the unrated Tiznow mare Torre Di Pisa.
    She was bred by Green Lantern Stables and is a half sister to G1 Maker's Mark Mile winner Karelian. The Branhams bought her carrying this colt, her first foal, at the Keeneland February Sale in 2015.
    A G1W at 3, 4 and 5 Lonhro was Australia's Racehorse of the Year in 2004 and champion sire seven years later. He shuttled from Darley's New South Wales base to Kentucky for a number of seasons beginning in 2012.
    This colt certainly inherited his sire's eyecatching coat colour and will begin his racing career in Asia. 
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  • The untimely death of Society Rock 12 months' ago looked to be a huge loss at the yearling sales last year when the impression created by his first crop was highly impressive.
    That was only heightened when his first runners hit the track earlier in the spring. The former Tally Ho Stud resident has already sired five individual two-year-old winners and buyers at Goresbridge are keen to get on the Society Rock train.
    His most expensive lot so far is a colt out of the winning Fasliyev mare Yajala, who is also listed placed. The second foal of his dam, the bay colt is a half brother to the Listed winner and Group 3 placed filly Evil Spell by Dutch Art.
    Agent Richard Brown went to €160,000 for the colt consigned by Tally Ho Stud, on behalf of an undisclosed client.
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  • A sale of €150,000 caps a fantastic sale for Bated Breath who is the sire of three lots sold for an average of €142,000 including the current sale topper at €210,000. Bated Breath is showing significant profit on his 2014 fee of   £8,000 at which these horses were conceived.
    Richard Brown of Blanford Bloodstock was the latest purchaser to plump for a second crop son of the Juddmonte Farms stallion.
    He bought Lot 188, consigned by Mocklershill, out of the winning mare Bea Menace. The colt, who is from the family of Group 1 winners Xaar and Senure, represents Juddmonte breeding on both sides of the Atlantic as his damsire is Juddmonte's Kentucky based stallion Mizzen Mast.
    A figure even more impressive is that this colt was purchased at Goffs February Sale this year for only €6,000.
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  • It's been a record breaking sale for Goresbridge with 13 horses selling for €100,000 or more, including the second most expensive two year old in the history of the sale, a son of Bated Breath sold for €210,000.
    The number of six figure lots jumped almost 50 per cent on last year's record with a few select sires having more than one of their progeny on offer joining that elite group.
    Dark Angel's best bred runners are coming on stream with his two year olds this year the first of his crop conceived at €27,500. That was reflected in the prices achieved by his two fillies today who averaged €122,500.
    Bated Breath had an excellent day too with three horses selling for an average of €134,000 and two of the three most expensive lots of the day - colts that sold for €210,000 and €150,000 respectively.
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  • Three of this year's first season sires were represented by offspring that breached the six figure barrier. 
    The most expensive was a colt by Society Rock, consigned by Tally Ho Stud who stood the ill-fated sire. Their bay colt, a half brother to a Listed winner and Group 3 placed filly, was bought by Blanford Bloodstock for €160,000.
    Tally Ho was also involved in the excellent result for Haras de Grandcamp's Prix Morny winning grandson of Sunday Silence, Dabirsim. The Westmeath farm sold the colt from the family of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Samitar to Federico Barberini for €140,000.
    The third of the trio was Ballyhane Stud's Red Jazz who was responsible for a filly who made €115,000. Consigned by Lexington Stables, she is a half-sister to Jeremy's Legacy, placed three times in G3 contests in America and to Mollie The Moo who won a 2yo maiden recently for Ger Lyons.  BBA Ireland signed for the April-born filly.
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