Listed winner Izzy Bizu goes the way of Malone at Champions Sale
Aisling Crowe with all the news from the boutique auction
A protracted duel between Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland and Tom Malone for Listed Prix Six Perfections winner Izzy Bizu, at the Goffs Champions’ Sale at Leopardstown threatened to delay the start of racing on the first day of Irish Champions’ Weekend on Saturday.
Both men were determined to secure the two-year-old daughter of Kodiac for their clients, and neither were prepared to back down as the bidding continued to creep higher in €5,000 increments. Eventually it was Donohue who cried enough and Malone signed for the filly, consigned by her current trainer Mark Johnston, for €290,000.
“I bought her on behalf of a client and she will be going back to England,” remarked the agent. “She is a stakes winning daughter of Kodiac from a lovely, fast family and she has a future long after her racing career is over.”
Three times victorious so far, Izzy Bizu is a half-sister to German Group 2 winner Donnerschlag, by Bahamian Bounty out of Dame Hester, a Listed-placed daughter of Diktat.
Dame Hester is a half-sister to Aoife, the dam of Resplendent Glory who won the Group 3 Champagne Sprint Stakes and the second dam of Ballyhane Stud’s Prince Of Lir, successful in last year’s Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Malone also purchased Kings Inn for €100,000 on behalf of Paul Nicholls. A three-year-old son of Mawatheeq, he was placed in a mile maiden at Killarney last month, his only start so far for trainer John Murphy.
“Mawatheeq has been a lucky sire for me, I bought dual bumper winner Kings Vince by him. This gelding is a lovely stamp of a horse with plenty of scope, he looks every inch a jumper for the future,” Malone added.
Donohoe makes his mark
Donohoe missed out on purchasing Izzy Bizu but he did manage to buy the most expensive colt on offer, Burgundy Boy from trainer Sheila Lavery’s Chinook Farm. The son of this season’s leading first-season sire Red Jazz was knocked down to Donohue for €260,000.
The sale was a fantastic result for Sheila and Joanne Lavery who bought Burgundy Boy from his part-breeder Olive O’Connor at the 2015 Goffs November Foal Sale for just €17,000.
“He is a smashing looking individual with lots of size and scope,” said Donohoe who expressed his delight at getting the colt. “What he has done so far is a bonus as he will be better as a three-year- old.
"He is a very promising individual and the type of colt who could go anywhere, he might stay in Ireland or he could travel to Singapore or
anywhere really. This horse is all about the future.”
Burgundy Boy is the second winner out of the Linamix mare Zibaline, a sister to Group 3 winner Zibimix from the Wertheimer family of Vallee Des Fleurs and Val Des Bois.
Donohoe kept the bidspotters at the number one pole in the winners’ enclosure, on their toes throughout the sale, the BBA agent the busiest buyer of the day.
He was quick off the mark, buying the first horse into the ring, and the first from the Aga Khan’s draft of four, for €120,000. Zabalan, a four-old-colt by Dutch Art who has won twice this year over 10 furlongs, and is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Zannda.
Donohoe said: “I bought him on behalf of Mr Zhang who has already had success with horse bought from the Aga Khan. This morning Ebadiyin, who we bought at the Goffs’ Horses In Training sale last October, won at Moonee Valley on his second start for Darren Weir.
"A couple more of the Aga Khan horses we bought have won in China too. This horse could go to Australia, China, Singapore or even stay in Ireland.”
McNamara delighted with handsome profit
Cascavelle’s sale for €130,000 represented a handsome profit for his trainer and owner Robbie McNamara. He purchased the three-year- old colt by Shamardal for €30,000 at last year’s Goffs Horses In Training Sale from Moyglare Stud.
The trainer reflected on the sale and said: “If you could make €100,000 on every horse, you’d be doing well. I would have loved to have kept him but I own him myself and I have to make the business work.”
A half-brother to Carla Bianca and Joailliere, the grey is out of Majestic Silver, herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Profound Beauty and from the family of mother and daughter Ribblesdale Stakes heroines Irresistible Jewel and Princess Highway, as well as Irish St Leger scorer Royal Diamond.
“He is a progressive horse with a nice pedigree and came highly recommended by the trainer,” remarked Donohoe. “He looked well winning his maiden and could race anywhere in the world.”
Massif makes an impression
Massif Central, the only horse in the sale with an entry in a race on the Saturday's card, made a huge impression on buyers with Donohoe again to the fore at the business end of the bidding. This time it was Curragh trainer Michael Halford who won out, sealing
the deal at €200,000 for Clare and Paul Rooney.
“He is a nice horse, with good, solid form and is on an upward curve,” commented Halford.
Second on his most recent run in the Group 3 Royal Whip Stakes, the gelding by Arcano is a half-brother to three winners and his dam Melaaya is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed filly Thundering Gulch. Halford’s first decision on Massif Central’s career was to withdraw him from the Group 3 Enterprise Stakes subsequently won by Eziyra.