Outstrip colt stars as Part Two of the Foal Sale gets under way
Tally Ho Stud and Ballyphilip Stud buy stock by Darley's first-crop sire
A colt from the first crop of Darley's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Outstrip was the star of the show at Goffs on Saturday as Part Two of the November Foal Sale got underway.
Consigned by Galbertstown Stud the session-topping colt is the third foal of an unraced daughter of Haafhd and a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 winner Almanaar, and was purchased by Tally Ho Stud for €39,000.
Paul McCartan, whose Ballyphilip Stud has been covered in glory this season from the exploits of champion three-year-old sprinter Harry’s Angel and Baattash - both of whom were bred by the McCartans, was also in the market for an Outstrip foal, going to €26,000 for one of his daughters.
Consigned by Knockainey Stud for Stonepark Farms, McCartan's acquisition is out of the Group 3-placed A Mind Of Her Own by Danehill Dancer, who is one from one with her runners so far. .
Six foals by the grey son of Exceed And Excel have now sold at the November Sale for an average of €33,165 - including a top price of €90,000 - which far exceeds his 2016 covering fee at Dalham Hall of £5,000.
Outstrip boasts an impressive pedigree in addition to his Grade 1 triumph on the track, as he is out of the Grade 1-winning Asi Siempre, a daughter of El Prado.
Early in the piece David Myerscough purchased a colt from the final crop of Delegator who led the way for much of the session. Consigned by Rochestown Lodge Stud, the colt is the first foal of Letizia, an unraced daughter of Tamayuz and half-sister to the Listed winner Battalion from the family of Danzigaway, Silent Name, Gold Away and Blushing Gleam.
"He's a really nice colt and a good, strong sort," said Myerscough, who is the Colbinstown half of the Baroda and Colbinstown Studs consigning business with David Cox.
"The sire did well with his initial runners and it is unfortunate that there are no more. This colt looks like a good type for Doncaster next August."
Going to War
A colt from the second crop of War Command joined the Delegator foal on the €38,000 mark when selling to Castlehyde Stud from Highpark. He is a half-brother to Aunty Audrey, a winner this season by Zoffany and his family traces back to one of the Moyglare great pedigrees of 1,000 Guineas winner Trusted Partner and Dress To Thrill, who won the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes.
Joe Foley bought one of the first foals through the ring on Saturday morning, a colt by his Ballyhane Stud sire Elzaam for €34,000. The foal was bred by John Jeffers, who raced the dam Kaplinsky, a winning daughter of Fath and the dam of two winners from two runners.
"He's a very good individual and his own-brother won his maiden second time out at Leicester by six lengths. Kevin Ryan trains him and he rates him very highly so he has that colt to work away for him next year," said Foley.
Elzaam’s Ballyhane studmate Dandy Man was the sire of a €30,000 colt bought by agent Bobby O'Ryan for Suzy Barkley. He is the second foal of Talitha Kum, three times a winner and the dam of a Camacho filly purchased here last month by trainer Andy Oliver.
"He's a belter of a colt," said O’Ryan. "He will be back for sale next year."
Zebedee springs to action
Timmy Hillman bought the only other foal to make €30,000 on Saturday, with the Castledillon Stud man securing a son of Zebedee towards the end of proceedings. The colt is a half-brother to three winners including juvenile filly Elnadim Star, successful on her last two starts this season for Kevin Ryan and Jaber Abdullah.
Cappella in tune
Another of the first-crop sires whose progeny have shone during the November Foal Sale is Compas Stallions' Cappella Sansevero. The son of Showcasing won the Round Tower Stakes and was second in the Coventry for Ger Lyons less than 24 hours after being purchased by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani for £1,300,000 at the Goffs London Sale.
"I am delighted that his foals are selling so well this week and that the market has received them so positively," said Compas Stallions' Micheál Orlandi, who has witnessed Cappella Sansevero's lots fetch as much as €24,000 from a €4,500 cover fee.
One of his son that went through the ring on Saturday was bought for €21,000 by Andre Ihor. The colt is out of Varnay, a winning Machiavellian mare, which makes him a half-brother to a pair of winners.
Building a stallion's career from the ground is a difficult task to undertake and Orlandi is under no illusions as to the challenge he faces, but has undoubtedly been buoyed by Cappella Sansevero's progeny's successful debut at Goffs.
"His first foals have represented him very well at the sales and I've been pleased with the reaction so far. Obviously it is very difficult to get a stallion's career up and running from nothing but it is a challenge worth accepting and it is especially satisfying to see his foals selling so well this week."
One foal who stood out on pedigree in Saturday's catalogue was Drumroy Farm's colt by the three-times Classic winner Camelot, the only offspring by Coolmore's champion who has Group 2 winner Fighting Irish, a graduate of this sale in 2015, as his leading light in his first crop.
The colt is also from one of the most prolific Aga Khan families as his second dam Ebareva is a half-sister to Ascot Gold Cup winners Enzeli and Estimate, Ebadiyla who was victorious in the Irish Oaks and Group 2 Prix Royal-Oak and Edabiya the winner of both the Moyglare Stakes and Fillies Mile as a juvenile.
John McNally, from Co Armagh, bred the colt out of Erdiyna who he purchased from the Aga Khan's draft at the 2015 Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale but is taking him back to Drumroy after he was led out unsold at €28,000.
"We were involved in sporthorses and had a beef farm at home but we sold the cattle and got into thoroughbreds. There are ten broodmares on the farm, I sold three here on Thursday with Eishin Farm buying two of them, and bought a Galileo mare in foal to No Nay Never as I am trying to upgrade the quality of the mares we have."
McNally will have his first runners on the point-to-point circuit this winter as he recently took out a handler's licence and his team include a homebred four-year-old filly by Milan. Despite failing to sell both his colts by Camelot at Goffs this week, he still retains plenty of faith in the sire who came closer than any horse since Nijinsky to Triple Crown glory.
"I think the best of Camelot's runners won’t be seen until they are three or older, and I still have lots of belief in him. Erdiyna is in foal to him again and I'll probably send her back to him again and I'll use No Nay Never on the Galileo mare I bought this week as he was one of the stallions who did very well with his foals here," remarked McNally, who runs his own transport business.
The clearance rate of 68 per cent was up seven points on the equivalent day at last year’s Foal Sale. All the other figures, however, recorded decreases on day two of the 2016 sale with the average down 11 percent to €9,218 and the median dropping to €6,500 a decline of ten per cent. The aggregate figure of €1,299,750 represented a 19 per cent reduction from the 2016 total of €1,601,700.