"She's a good looking mare by Seeking The Gold," said Hyde, "and she's already bred two good horses. She's out of a very mare - it's a good page."
"It's not out of the question that she could run again," said Myerscough as Matt Houldsworth of Howson & Houldsworth signed the ticket. "We'll get her back home and decide. She could be one to cover and bring back next year. Lope De Vega would be a possibility if we can get in."She's a beautiful filly - a great physique and walk."
"She's the type of physical that only a mother can love," said Redvers of the daughter of Mizzen Mast. "But South Seas is as good looking a horse as you can find and could win a Group 1 next year. For a Lope De Vega he's all quality - very athletic and light on his feet."Peter Molony was at the farm looking at a Charm Spirit foal and happened to see this mare's Lawman filly, which is nice. So we went in there with the knowledge that she'd had two beautiful foals."She could go to a number of horses. Charm Spirit is an idea. Or there's Invincible Spirit. She could go back to Lope De Vega. That's a project for Sheikh Fahad."
"She's a lovely mare with lots of good stuff coming," said Tom Goff. "There are two Dubawis and a Shamardal in the pipeline. She was a top-class racehorse and in foal to Golden Horn, which we think is a great cover. So it's very exciting:"
"Very pleased to have got her," said agent Mick Flanagan. "She'll board at Norelands Stud - she'll be our first mare there. The China Horse Club have 20 per cent of New Bay and we'll strongly support him. We'll be busy buying good moving, highly rated mares for him and if they have a covering like Lope De Vega all the better."There are some really good people in the New Bay syndicate and he'll have very good support."
"She's a great cross for Fascinating Rock, being by Galileo," said Eamonn Reilly of the BBA Ireland, who did the bidding. "Maurice is doing everything he can to support Fascinating Rock and this was a very attractive mare with a great walk."She reminds me a lot of those Galileos I used to buy years ago for Jim Bolger - those big walking Galileos."
"She's a gorgeous mare in her own right but it's the cover," said Brown. "My client has been trying to get into Dubawi for a while and with limited success. In my opinion Dubawi is one of the top two stallions in the world and it's now very hard to get into him. So she represents a rare opportunity."
"We'll foal her here," said Paul Messara of Arrowfield, "and then we'll decide whether to cover her here to southern hemisphere time or to send her back to Australia. She was an obvious pick - Hartnell is a very good horse and it's a really active family."
"It's lovely because it's our family," said Diane Nagle. "We had Doff The Derby and bred everything out of her. We still have Imagine."We sold Shinko Hermes to Japan a long time ago. We actually tried to buy her back but couldn't, so it's lovely to have one of her daughters."
Doff The Derby was bred by Nelson Bunker Hunt out of the 1966 Margate Handicap winner Margarethen. By the time she was foaled, Margarethen had already struck notoriety as the dam of Hunt’s European champion Trillion, later herself dam of the nine-time Group 1 winner Triptych.
It was during the era of Triptych that Doff The Derby came into the possession of David and Diane Nagle. The daughter of Master Derby was unraced but that was by accident, with the mare having suffered a broken tail in an accident as a yearling.
Instead, Doff The Derby was covered in California as a two-year-old by the Californian Derby winner Jaklin Klugman, the result of which was the June-foaled Windy Triple K, a Listed winner at Santa Anita.
Doff The Derby didn’t produce a foal after that until 1987. By then based in Ireland, she became a regular partner to various Coolmore stallions and with great success as the dam of Classic winners Generous and Imagine as well as the Group 1-placed Strawberry Roan and Wedding Bouquet.
Imagine has been an outstanding producer for Barronstown as the dam of Horatio Nelson, the ill-fated Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner, Rockfel Stakes winner Kitty Matcham, Group 2 winner Viscount Nelson and Grade 3 winner Point Piper to a variety of stallions from different sire lines.
Viscount Nelson embarked on his own stallion career in Chile in 2013 while another out of Imagine, the Group 1-placed Red Rock Canyon, is the sire of the Group 1-placed Invader out of his early crops in Brazil.