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BBA Ireland secures €450k Chelsea Rose

IT MAY have taken time to warm up but the opening session of the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale was coming to a close in some style yesterday evening.

The session had to compete against a set of figures bolstered by last year's €2.4m sale of Banimpire and, following some terrific trade at the head of the market, they finished ahead of last year as the number of six figure lots jumped from six to 17.

At the close of the day the turnover came in at over €7.2m which was a 17 percent increase on last year. The average of €41,828 was up by almost ten percent while the median grew by 25 percent to €20,000.

Centre stage went to the former Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Chelsea Rose, who was snapped up by the BBA Ireland's Adrian Nicoll for €450,000.

Sold by Airlie Stud, the ten-year-old daughter of Desert King was sold carrying to Tamayuz and it was fitting that she was able to play a major role with her progeny having lit up this sales ring on several
occasions in recent years.

On Thursday a Raven's Pass foal out of Chelsea Rose made €220,000.
Nicoll had made a bold bid for that colt and several years ago he also
tried hard to buy the mare's then Tamayuz filly foal, who is now owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and is a promising juvenile with Freddy Head.

"She's been bought for an established client and for me she was the
standout mare here today," said Nicoll. "I know her quite well already as I tried hard to buy her Raven's Pass foal here on Thursday and two years ago I bid €200,000 on her Tamayuz filly at the foal sale here.

"On the track she was a Group 1 winner and we know
she produces good-looking stock and that's half the battle."
Earlier it had appeared as though agent Hubie de Burgh, who bought the sale-topping Blas Ceoil at this auction several years ago, would take centre stage when he picked up a pair of choicely bred mares from Grange Hill Stud.

The first of these to come under the hammer was the Polish Precedent nine-year-old Fauvelia. A runner-up in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud during her time on the track, Fauvelia was sold with a prized covering by the leading first-season sire New Approach and De Burgh had to go to €420,000 to secure the granddaughter of the Fred Archer Stakes winner Saxon Maid.

De Burgh then struck for the very next lot into the ring when parting
with €140,000 for Grange Hill's Spark Sept. The daughter of Septieme Ciel is a Listed
winner and, significantly, she is the dam of the high-class juvenile
Grafelli ,who won two Group 3s within four days during July for Jim Bolger.

"I've bought both of them to go to Japan for a new client. Fauvelia
was a very good two-year-old, who was sold with a covering
by an exciting stallion and, although she hasn't run, Fauvelia's
two-year-old filly is meant to be very smart," said DeBurgh.

Earlier in the year Teo's Sister, a half-sister to the brilliant
Teofilo, topped the Goffs February Sale when selling for €500,000 but on her return to the sales ring she made €300,000 and
was bought by Jim Bolger who had sold her in February.

Ennel Lodge Stud offered the Grand Slam mare Wana Doo, who was sold to Oak Farm for €400,000. The dual winner is a half-sister to Racing Post Trophy winner Casamento while she is also the dam of this season's Group 2 Champagne Stakes winner Toronado.




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