Dark Angel in demand again as son makes €140,000 at February Sale
Aisling Crowe reports from the second session of the auction
Day two of the Goffs February Sale on Wednesday witnessed three weanlings break through the six-figure barrier in a flurry of bidding during the final hour of trading which helped the day record significant gains on 12 months ago.
The aggregate of €1,624,600 was up by 15 points on this day last year from 20 fewer youngsters sold, while the average and median posted impressive improvements.
Wednesday’s average price of €14,769 jumped by a third on the 2017 figure and the median showed an even larger increase, jumping by 45 per cent to €8,000.
Dark Angel’s success story continues to grow and the only offering by Yeomanstown Stud’s sensation, who sired three individual Group 1 winners last season, was the horse to create the most sparks when selling to Daniel Creighton for €140,000.
Sold by The Premier Consignment, the grey colt is out of the Listed-winning Mary Boleyn and from the family of St James’s Palace Stakes winner Zafeen and Aljazzi, who landed last season’s Group 3 Atalanta Stakes for trainer Marco Botti and owner-breeders Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar.
It is a family with which Creighton has family connections of his own.
“He's for an existing client and options are open for him at the moment. He could be brought back for resale or retained,” said Creighton. “Dark Angel is a sensational sire and this is a very good family, my sister works at Chasemore Farm and I really liked this horse when I saw him there and I liked him even more when I saw him again here.
“My brother rode Atlantic Sport to win his Listed race so there is some sentimental reasoning too but he's a lovely horse.”
That sale capped an excellent day for Yeomanstown Stud, from where Dark Angel has developed his formidable reputation. The O’Callaghan family stand his son Gutaifan alongside the grey and his weanlings were very well-received over the two days with a colt from Ridge Manor Stud leading the way on Tuesday at €31,000.
Make Believe stock hot property
Weanlings from the first crop of Ballylinch Stud’s Make Believe, winner of the Group 1 Prix de la Foret - who also beat fellow Ballylinch sire New Bay into second in the 2015 Poule d’Essai des Poulains - were hot property on Wednesday with a colt related to Anthem Alexander and Dandy Man starring.
Consigned by Collegelands Stud on behalf of Cornagher House, the May-born colt is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Hamza. Their dam Lady Shanghai is an Alhaarth half-sister to Queen Mary winner and Cheveley Park runner-up Anthem Alexander, who was also third in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Lady Shanghai is also a half-sister to the Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed sprinter Dandy Man, who has developed a successful stallion career at Ballyhane Stud.
Bloodstock agent Jamie Railton, who bought the colt for €115,000, was full of praise for his purchase.
“It's a lot of money but he's an awfully nice horse. The sire is very handsome so it's no surprise that his stock are so good looking. This colt has a proper pedigree, it’s a proper family and there is every chance he will be a very commercial yearling. He's a very good advertisement for the sire,” Railton said.
Railton was quickly back into the fray, searching for another suitable prospect for his yearling syndicates and he found the perfect fit in the shape of Norelands Stud’s son of Bated Breath.
The attractive bay is the third foal out of Modesty’s Way, a winning daughter of Giant’s Causeway. The colt's third dam is the wonderful Group 1 winner Chimes Of Freedom, herself the dam of Grade 1 winner Aldebaran.
“I know that Michael Stoute thinks a lot of the three-year-old [Bhodi] and if he steps forward that will help this horse come the yearling sales,” added the agent of the colt who was bred by the Niarchos family.