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Daughter of Montjeu heads first day at Goffs

AN unraced half-sister to the high-class Carribean Sunset took centre stage on the opening session of the Goffs February Sale yesterday when selling to Phil Hoare for €50,000.

Of the 235 horses offered 101 were sold (a clearance rate of 43 per cent) for an average of €6,911. The median came in at €2,200 while the turnover was just short of €700,000. Given the prevailing climate many in attendance felt that it was in fact a reasonable day's trade headed by the aforementioned daughter of Montjeu.

The three-year-old was one of the first lots into the ring and sparked plenty of interest as a half-sister to Dermot Weld's triple Group 3 winner and dual Group 1-placed filly. Bobby O'Ryan tried hard to secure the three-year-old from Temple House Stables but it was Hoare who emerged victorious.

 "I've bought her for Neil Boden in Australia and the plan would be for her to come back to me for a while before she is covered by either Myboycharlie or Astronomer Royal," said Hoare "I bought a couple of fillies for Neil here in November and she looked a nice filly with a high class half-sister."

Fraam filly heads to stud
Also destined for a career at stud is the three-year-old Dubai's Gazal, who won a Bath maiden for Mick Channon last summer. From Tinnakill House Stud, the Fraam filly is a daughter of a German 1000 Guineas winner Dakhla Oasis and cost Emerald Bloodstock's Brendan Gallagher €40,000.

"I've bought her for a French breeder," revealed Gallagher. "The plan is for her to be covered by Shirocco before being reoffered at Deauville later in the year and I would imagine that she is finished racing. She's a nice filly out of a very smart mare."

Oasis Dream filly tops the yearling trade
Another to make €40,000 and the most expensive of the yearlings that were on offer was a daughter of Oasis Dream who came to Ross Doyle. From Francois Drion's Taroka Stud, she is the first foal produced by the American Stakes winner Dreams Come True.

"She's a lovely filly out of a good mare and has been bought for resale although you wouldn't mind keeping her to race. She looks a lovely racy sort," commented Doyle.

International buyers busy
A contingent of international purchasers were headed by Marc-Antoine Berghgracht whose acquisitions included Graiguenoe Park Stud's Invincible Spirit filly who is a granddaughter of the champion Italian juvenile Grease. The French-based agent also signed for a €25,000 filly from the first crop of Aidan O'Brien's top drawer juvenile Holy Roman Emperor.

"Both horses have been bought for Mr Forde and Mr Mouknass," he said. "They will go back to France and have been bought to race. Depending on how they shape up they will be trained in either France or Spain. We felt the market mightn't be as strong as it has been and decided to come here. They look quite good value."

Twomey belief in Refuse To Bend
Elsewhere Paddy Twomey spent €21,000 on a son of Refuse To Bend from Seskin Stud. He is a half-brother to several winners and a promising placed two-year-old from last season in Dance Pass.

 "He's a nice type of colt by a sire like and I think he (Refuse To Bend) can go on this year. The three-year-old, Dance Pass, looks decent and could make all the difference to the family," stated Twomey.

Another popular first crop representative of Holy Roman Emperor's was Ballyhane Sales' daughter of the multiple Group 3 winner and champion Italian juvenile Pleasure Place who cost Moanmore Stables €36,000.




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