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Bon Nuit: the daughter of Night Shift was sold in foal to Pivotal

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Bon Nuit on top in Goffs breeding stock opener

Year Offered Sold % Agg Average Median
2009 221 167 75 4,174,400 24,996 16,500
2008 259 171 66 5,954,000 34,819 23,000

SUPPLEMENTARY entry Bon Nuit led the way at €230,000 in the first session of the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale today.

One of six lots added to the mares catalogue, Bon Nuit always looked as though she would be capable of playing a starring role. A Listed winner during her time in England, the daughter of Night Shift also reached the frame in several Stakes race in Ireland when moving to Jessica Harrington.

The seven-year-old, who was consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud on behalf of Howard Spooner, was also sold with a coveted covering to the leading sire Pivotal.

Predictably she attracted her fair share of interest and she eventually came the way of Goffs' South African auctioneer Cliver Gardiner.

Night Shift, who had the notable distinction of being the last active son of Northern Dancer at stud in Europe until his retirement last year, was also the source of the first six-figure lot of the day.

She was the winning eight-year-old Comeraincomeshine, who was offered by Roundhill Stud and came under the hammer carrying to the teak-tough and top-class Duke Of Marmalade, who notched up a series of superb victories at the highest level last year.

Already the dam of the Listed-winning juvenile Danehill Destiny and a half-sister to the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes scorer Where Or When, the €160,000 mare was bought by agent Oliver St Lawrence who was acting on behalf of Newsells Park Stud.

"She's been bought for Newsells Park Stud and will be visiting their Rock Of Gibraltar stallion Mount Nelson next year," reported St Lawrence.

"Julian Dollar, who is here, and I loved her when we saw her and she's a very attractive proposition. She's a good-looking mare whom Mount Nelson should put some size into and she's already bred a stakes winnerand has a Galileo to run for her next year."

Some time later Dermot Cantillon, who was acting for Forenaghts Stud, reached the six-figure mark when he spent €100,000 on Queen's Hall.

A winner during her time on the track, she was a member of the popular Darley draft and was sold in foal to King's Best. Her immediate family is littered with a legion of very capable Pattern and stakes race performers.

"I've bought her for Tony Smurfit," Cantillon said. "He owned Princess Dansante, who was by King's Best and was the top-priced mare in Europe last year when she made 1.7m gns. This filly obviously ticked all the boxes and she was sold in foal to King's Best, who we're fans of."

A varied, diverse and extremely prolific international presence underpinned yesterday's trade and among those in action was Marc Antoine-Berghgracht, who went to €85,000 for Darley's Mr Prospector mare Gold Digger.

The 17-year-old is carrying to Invincible Spirit and her six winning offspring to date are headed by the Vintage Stakes scorer Naheef who also filled the runner-up spot in the Group 1 Irish National Stakes.

Anothermare sold in foal to Duke Of Marmalade was Newtown Stud's Promise Of Love. She was snapped up by Neville O'Byrne for €80,000. She is a half-sister to the crack juvenile and sprinter Captain Rio.

As ever, Hugo Merry was the busiest and most active purchaser at the sale as he picked up a host of mares for a variety of Indian clients. Among his numerous acquisitions, at €62,000, was Wild Winner, a Listed-placed daughter of Desert King in foal to Hurricane Run.




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Milan £879,477
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Kayf Tara £689,506
Midnight Legend £601,167
Stowaway £507,648