Hillen and Ryan secure Golden Horn's half-brother for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid
The son of Galileo was bought for 450,000gns
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum is set to further his support of Kevin Ryan after Stephen Hillen went to 450,000gns for a Galileo half-brother to Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Golden Horn on behalf of the powerful owner during Thursday's session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Agents Justin Casse and Tom Goff both made a play for the strapping chestnut, but it was Hillen, stood with Ryan against the partition, who ultimately proved the strongest.
"He's been bought for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid - he will be supporting Kevin with some yearlings," said Hillen after signing the docket for the well-related youngster, who was offered by Norelands Stud on behalf of breeders the Fleche D'Or Partnership.
"His pedigree speaks for itself and he's a good, solid horse who looks like he can take plenty of work," added Hillen.
The colt is also a half-brother to the Listed-winning Eastern Belle, while his dam, the Dubai Destination mare Fleche D'Or is a half-sister to Coronation Stakes heroine Rebecca Sharp.
Before the colt went through the Tattersalls ring, Norelands Stud's Harry McCalmont said of Golden Horn's half-brother: "He's a typical Galileo, he's absolutely bombproof and whatever you throw at him he comes back looking for more; exercise, food, etc.
"He's quite like me in that he eats everything he sees, but unlike me he likes a lot of exercise!"
Galileo's Book 1 average stood at 993,055gns, with 18 lots selling for an aggregate of 17,875,000gns, headed by the 3,400,000gns colt out of Shastye bought by MV Magnier during the opening session.
Thursday's acquisition was not the first yearling Hillen has secured for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid this sales season, having also landed the Frankel colt out of Vital Statistics for €400,000 at last week's Goffs Orby Sale.
The Frankel colt is a brother to the twice-raced East, who topped the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale when bought by Hillen for €315,000. The two-year-old filly has won a Hamilton novice stakes and the Group 3 Prix Thomas Byron Jockey Club de Turquie for Ryan and the East Partners.
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid already has one horse in training with Ryan, having purchased Emaraaty Ana privately after the son of Shamardal landed the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York in August.
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