Goresbridge breeze-up: as it happens
A NEW record for the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale has been established with Rabbah Bloodstock's Jono Mills going to €145,000 for a son of Invincible Spirit from Kilminfoyle House Stud.
Lot 98 made obvious appeal on paper as a son of one of Europe's leading sires and he produced a breeze to match, sparking a protracted battle between Mills and Ananios Antoniadis. However, the latter was unable to respond when Mills eventually brought the bidding to €145,000 for the grandson of Siringas, who was quite a smart performer for Jim Bolger before going on to strike at Grade 2 level in Canada.
"He's a lovely, well balanced horse who did a very nice breeze and he's by a proper stallion in Invincible Spirit. We were delighted to get him and he will be going into training with James Tate," reported Mills.
THE €100,000 mark which topped this sale last year has been eclipsed by a son of Shamardal from Michael O'Callaghan's Rangefield Bloodstock who cost trainer Nigel Tinkler €125,000.
A €73,000 yearling purchase, Lot 78 produced one of the best breezes in the sale and it wasn't long before his price hit six figures as Tinkler and owner Norman Steel did battle for the grandson of Group 2 scorer Oriental Melody.
"He did a very nice breeze and Fergal Lynch, who rode him yesterday, liked him a lot. I've bought this horse on behalf of Mr Jim Gordon who has been a very loyal owner of mine," reported Tinkler.
Earlier David Redvers forked out €82,000 for a fine colt from the first crop of Art Connoisseur who was showing an excellent return on the €20,000 he cost as a yearling. Another member of the very popular Powerstown Stud draft, the colt was bought on behalf of Qatar Racing and he is a grandson of the deceased Lucky Story whom Redvers stood until his demise. The chestnut is a half-brother to a winner from a decent North American family.
"It's very rare at a breeze-up sale that the best horse is so clearly the best horse. His time was half a second quicker than anything else and that seems to have taken nothing out of him. I bought three here last year and all have won and shown a good level of form," siad Redvers.
A CAREER in Singapore beckons for a colt from the first crop of Bushranger who was snapped by Desmond Koh for €62,000. The April-born colt (Lot 34) hails from the first crop of his dual Group 1-winning sire and was sold by Tom Whitehead's Powerstown Stud.
He is a half-brother to four winners from the great Niarchos dynasty that has produced the likes of Miesque and Six Perfection, and was showing a good return on the €23,000 that he cost a yearling.
Tom Whitehead also supplied a good son of Green Desert (Lot 54) who cost agent Ananios Antoniadis €55,000. The colt is the second foal out of the Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Selinka.
"He's been bought for a Ukraine-based owner who has horses in training in a number of countries so he could go anywhere. He's a good sort out of a classy racemare," reported Antoniadis.
THE latest edition of the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale looks to have gotten off to quite a bright start and currently leading the way is a colt from the first crop of Intense Focus who cost Gill Richardson €58,000.
The Mayfield Stables offering is out of a half-sister to the Stakes-winning Mona Em who produced last season's top class sprinting juvenile Sir Prancealot.
This price was closely matched by a Medicean colt from Egmont Stud who made €55,000, and he has the distinction of being Rabbah Bloodstock's first Goresbridge purchase.
The son of the French Group 3 scorer Perfect Plum was snapped up by Johnno Mills who reported that the relation to Marling would be going into training with James Tate.