Breathtaking trade sees records tumble as Bated leads the way
Aisling Crowe reports from Ireland's only breeze-up sale
Goresbridge sizzled under the summer sun on Friday, and it wasn’t just the sweltering temperatures causing the mercury to rise as a red-hot sale saw the auction set a record aggregate.
Last year’s tally of nine six-figure lots was comfortably bettered, with 13 horses changing hands for €100,000 and upwards, while the day’s top lot recorded the second-highest price ever at this sale. Turnover was up by €797,000 on this day last year to a record of €6,102,500, with the average and median figures also showing significant year-on-year increases.
The highest price was set by a second-crop son of Juddmonte Farm’s Bated Breath who was knocked down to Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland for €210,000, a price only bettered once in the past, and that came when Reilly signed for a Shamardal colt at last year’s sale at €270,000.
The transaction represented an enormous pinhooking success for Paula and Mark Flannery of Egmont Stud, who purchased the colt at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for a mere 5,000gns. An April foal, he is a half-brother to three winners out of the winning Trempolino mare Tremelo Pointe and was bred by Fonthill Farms and J Dean.
A striking dark bay, the colt is now destined for the yard of one of Ireland’s leading trainers, the woman of the moment, Jessica Harrington.
“He’s been bought on behalf of new owners to Ireland, E Five Racing Thoroughbred from Florida. The Edwards family owns New Money Honey, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf last November. Bated Breath is doing very well too,” Reilly noted.
The Edwards family only set up E Five Racing Thoroughbreds in 2015, but the operation is already expanding from the US in the wake of their Grade 1 success.
Reilly is hoping that this colt can prove to be as successful as another of his acquisitions, as the BBA Ireland agent is responsible for having sourced Thursday’s Sandown winner Havana Grey, a first Listed winner for Havana Gold and the first black type winner for any of this year’s first-season sires.
The progeny of Bated Breath were in high demand, with two of the three most expensive lots of the day supplied by the son of Dansili.
Blandford Bloodstock bought one of his sons from Mocklershill out of Bea Menace, a winning daughter of another of Juddmonte’s stallions, the US-based Mizzen Mast, for €150,000. Three horses by Bated Breath went under the hammer today for an average of €134,000, an impressive return considering they were bred from a covering fee of just £8,000.
Rock-solid start for Society
Tally-Ho Stud’s ill-fated Society Rock has already sired five individual winners of seven races so far from his first crop, which must have left vendors with his progeny rubbing their hands at the prospect of the breeze-up season.
Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock went to €160,000 to secure a colt consigned by the Westmeath farm where Society Rock stood for just two full seasons. The second foal of his Listed-placed dam Yajala, the colt is a half-brother to the Listed winner and Group 3-placed Dutch Art filly Evil Spell.
Brown remarked: “I went to Tally-Ho on Monday and I was very taken by this colt when I saw him. Roger [O’Callaghan] highly recommended him and we have been very lucky buying from Tally-Ho. It’s one of my favourite farms and this colt is a smashing horse with great scope.”
Tally-Ho also sold a colt from the first crop of the Haras de Grandcamp stallion Dabirsim, who won the Prix Morny and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Federico Barberini signed for the colt for €140,000 to cap a successful day for the farm.
Dark Angel continues to go from strength to strength, and with Yeomanstown Stud’s flag bearer currently third only to Galileo and Kodiac in this season’s leading sire stakes, it was unsurprising that his two lots in the sale were in demand.
It was a daughter of the grey who was the first to smash through the six-figure ceiling when Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud went to €130,000 to secure the filly consigned by Baroda and Colbinstown Studs.
The fourth foal out of her dam, the winning King’s Best mare Tan Tan, she is a half-sister to a pair of winners. Tan Tan is a half-sister to Land Of Dreams, the dam of five-time Group 1-winning sprinter Dream Ahead, who has joined Dabirsim at Haras De Grandcamp for 2017 having previously stood at Ballylinch Stud.
Foley purchased the filly on behalf of Steve Parkin of Clipper Logistics, who owns recent Listed winners Main Desire and Fashion Queen.
“She did a very fast time yesterday and breezed very well. She’s a nice type and Dark Angel is a super sire. Steve will send her into training with Michael Bell who trains Main Desire [winner of the Marygate Stakes at York] for him.”
Buyers hoping to get their hands on a Dark Angel filly had to wait for a further 100 lots to sell before another opportunity arose.
Offered by Willie Browne’s Mocklershill stables, the grey filly is a daughter of Queen Boadicea, who has produced four winners from her four foals to race. One of those winners is Group 2 July Stakes winner Classic Blade, by Daggers Drawn.
Bought by Bobby O’Ryan and Brian Ellison for €115,000, she comes from a fast family with King’s Stand Stakes winner Dominica, Rimth, who won the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes and was second in the Cheveley Park Stakes, and Marygate Stakes winner Delizia amongst her relatives.
It was an excellent sale for Cheveley Park Stud’s Kyllachy, whose two lots sold for an average of €100,000.
Global Equine Group bought the first of those to go through the ring, going to €90,000 for a close relation to Group 1 Golden Shaheen Stakes winner Krypton Factor, who is also by Kyllachy. Consigned by Longways Stables, the colt is the first foal of Krypton Factor’s half-sister Hot Reply.
Anthony Stroud and Matt Coleman purchased the other Kyllachy, paying €110,000 for a filly consigned by Brendan Holland’s Grove Stud on behalf of trainer Simon Crisford.
“The Kyllachy filly breezed well and is a lovely filly to go into training with Simon,” said Stroud, who also paid €95,000 for a daughter of Sea The Stars from Meadowview Stables. “The Sea The Stars is a nice filly from a nice family. She's for an Indian client and will be trained in Ireland or England but a trainer hasn’t been decided yet.”
Tagula’s hidden gem
Rarity value helped drive demand during Friday’s roaring trade, with Tagula’s sole progeny catalogued, a filly from Gaybrook Lodge Stud who burned up the gallops on Thursday, selling for €100,000.
Peter Molony bought the filly on behalf of David Redvers and Qatar Racing, who have enjoyed previous success with horses bought at this sale, and revealed it was her scintillating breeze that swung it for the team.
“She was the fastest horse we clocked on Thursday and she’s a lovely, big, strong filly,” Molony added. “This has been a lucky sale for us – we bought Blue De Vega, Sweet Sound and True Valour, here so hopefully it will continue to be a lucky sale for us.”
It was a resounding pinhooking success for Gaybrook Lodge Stud as the filly was bought for just €3,500 at the Goffs Sportsman’s Sale last September.
The sale concluded with an impressive set of results that showed increases across the board. The turnover jumped by 15 per cent to €6,102,500. The increase in average price was a little higher, climbing by 21 per cent to €35,447, while the median leapt by a third to €21,500. The clearance rate was also higher than last year, with 84 per cent of lots changing hands.