Frankel filly catches the eye in Breeze-Up Sale catalogue
The catalogue for this year's Goresbridge Flat Breeze-Up Sale, which prides itself on being the largest of its kind in Europe, has been released with a well-bred filly by dual world champion Frankel among the 248 lots contained within.
The chestnut filly is one of six lots offered by Katie Walsh's Greenhills Farm and is out of the Listed-winning Indian Ridge mare Vital Statistics.
The best represented sires are Zebedee - sire of last year's Richmond Stakes scorer Barraquero - with ten lots, and the late Society Rock - sire of Group 1-winning sprinter Unfortunately - with nine lots.
Tally-Ho Stud looks likely to be biggest consignor with 19 lots catalogued including a son of Giant's Causeway stallion Eskendereya, whose rig son Mor Spirit is now a dual Grade 1 winner after winning last year's Metropolitan Handicap.
Egmont Stud and Willie Browne's Mocklershill, meanwhile, have 15 lots apiece. The former sold last year's sale-topper Landshark, who subsequently placed in Group company for E5 racing, while Mocklershill realised a record €270,000 for Silent Assassin at the previous year's renewal.
Other graduates of the sale include Fiesolana and Music Show, both of whom won top-tier mile contests for fillies and mares, while Willyconker emerged from the Goresbridge September Sale and went on to land the Grade 1 Frank E Kilroe Mile Stakes at Santa Anita.
Bird's-eye view of Gowran Park racecourse . . .
Goresbridge Flat Breeze-Up Sale
Where/when Goresbridge, County Kilkenny
Thursday, May 24
|9am||Inspection of lots at Gowran Park|
|12pm||Breeze-up at Gowran Park|
|3pm||Inspection of lots at Gowran Park|
|6pm||The Mark O'Hanlon memorial buffet at the Roof Top restaurant, Gowran Park|
Friday, May 25
|8am||Inspection of lots at Goresbridge|
|10.30am||Sale at Goresbridge|
Sold last year From 207 offered, 177 sold for turnover of €6,100,500, an average of €34,466 and median of €21,000
Star graduates Fiesolana (won Matron Stakes, bought by Federico Barberini for €35,000), Music Show (won Falmouth Stakes, bought by Gill Richardson for €16,000), Willyconker (won Grade 1 Frank E Kilroe Mile Stakes, bought by Susan Leehy for €1,000 at September Sale)