Lot 522: b f Frankel - Cassydora (Darshaan)
This filly, a charming sister to Prix d'Aumale heroine Toulifaut from Barronstown Stud, will carry the colours of Moyglare Stud Farm after Fiona Craig fends off Peter Doyle, standing with the Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore teams, and Roger Varian at 900,000gns.
In addition to Toulifaut, who sold for €1.9 million on Saturday at the Arc Sale, she is a half-sister to Ballyroan Stakes winner Ernest Hemingway, now at stud in Chile. Their dam Cassydora won the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes and was second in the Nassau Stakes. She joined Barronstown when bought for $1,350,000 by the BBA Ireland at Keeneland in November 2007.
Although Ernest Hemingway and Zoffany have promoted the family to good effect in recent seasons, this is a particularly good filly family that was cultivated by Hesmonds Stud; granddam Claxon was a Group 2 winner for John Dunlop and bred Listed winner Classic Remark while third dam Bulaxie won the Fred Darling and Lupe Stakes.
"A lovely filly, very Darshaan," said Craig. "I knew the mother and I thought she was very like her - you could see Darshaan in both of them.
"I thought the Alice Springs sister was an absolute queen but she got away from us. This filly is going to take a bit more time. But we'll take her back to Ireland and take our time with her.
"It's a good, old Goulandris family. We don't have many English families - they're hard to buy into."
Moyglare already has one Frankel in its possession in Solo Saxophone, who is with Dermot Weld.
"He's out of a fast Seeking The Gold mare," said Craig. "Everyone likes him, he's nice but just a big colt. Hopefully he'll run this year."
Craig also said that Moyglare is home to 38 mares but that eight will probably be sold this year.
"We're looking to reduce the numbers while increasing the quality, as everyone is," she said. "It's not easy competing with Ballydoyle!"