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Daughter of Cape Cross tops third day of Goffs

Day three Goffs Foal Sale figures (€)

 Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 222  190  149  78  2,808,700  18,850  15,000

AN Irish National Stud-consigned daughter of Cape Cross who boasted several notable and recent updates was the star turn on the penultimate session of the Goffs November Foal Sale when selling to David Redvers for €76,000.

David Redvers

David Redvers: successful bidder

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 

The filly's three-year-old half-sister, Lake Palace, did her bit for the pedigree by reaching the frame in a Listed race at Fontainebleau yesterday afternoon while her juvenile half-brother, Lui Seul, was a stylish maiden winner at Deauville lately. They are all out of Lia, a Listed-placed daughter of Desert King.


"We were chuffed to bits to get her. She's a really lovely filly and a rare bit of value today," said Redvers. "Obviously she had some very good updates in her family and the two-year-old Lui Seul was impressive in winning his maiden and looks a potential Stakes horse. The last Cape Cross filly that we bought was Rising Cross who went on to finish second in the Oaks. She could be for resale back here although that has yet to be decided."

It had earlier appeared as though a son of Clodovil would head proceedings after falling to Brendan Holland's bid of €74,000. Consigned by Maurice Burns' Rathasker Stud, where the French 2000 Guineas winner stands, the colt provoked plenty of interest with the battle for supremacy eventually coming down to Holland and Paddy Twomey from which the GroveStud man emerged victorious.

His purchase is a half-brother to Fantastico Roberto who won twice in Italy this year before going on to reach the frame in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.

"He was an absolute beauty," commented Holland. "I've bought him with Jim McCartan and we remembered his yearling half-sister from Tattersalls Ireland in September. She was a queen and has gone to Kevin Prendergast which is a big help. Alsothis colt has come from a very good home in Rathasker."

The first Pivotal foal to come under the hammer this week attracted his share of interest before coming the way of Yeomantown Stud at €70,000. The colt is out of the American Grade 2 scorer Beyrouth.

Yeomanstown also picked up a €52,000 colt hailing from the first crop of the 2007 Champion European Older Horse Manduro. Both will be for resale.

Earlier a son of High Chaparral from the immediate family of the Grade 3 winner Mayoumbe and Michael Halford's dual Listed winner Tipperary All Star was snapped up by Ashtown House Stud for €60,000.

The July and Vintage Stakes hero Strategic Prince was very much to the fore with several of his first crop representatives headed by a colt from J.K. Thoroughbreds who cost Ciaran Conroy €54,000. He is related to the Group 1-placed juvenile New Story and her high class daughter New Girlfriend.

Conroy also spent €44,000 on a representative from the first crop of the top class miler Excellent Art from the family of Legal Case. Both will return for resale next autumn.

Ger Hourigan had to go to €52,000 for a popular colt from Seskin Stud whose sire Oratorio enjoyed notable first crop one-two when his sons Beethoven and Fencing Master fought out the finish of last month's Dewhurst Stakes.

"He's a good colt by a sire who has gotten off to a good start at stud and he's from the immediate family of a classy two-year-old in Fallow," commented Hourigan, whose purchase will be for resale.

Willie Browne also reached the €52,000 mark for a sonof Marju from Cloneymore Farm. His dam is out of the Stakes-winning La Vita E Bella.

"He's a really nice good walking foal. The pedigree is a little light but there is a Shamardal yearling out of the second dam and hopefully he could do something next year," commented Browne.

Excellent Art was also the source of a colt from the family of Marling who cost Camas Park Stud €50,000 and Margaret O'Toole spent €45,000 on a son of the Pivotal horse out of a half-sister to the smart Nautical Pet.

Amadeus Wolf continues to make an impact with his first foals and Rockview Stables had to go €44,000 for a daughter of Mozart horse whose siblings include the Jersey Stakes runner-up Deposer.




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