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Fast Company colt heads first-day trade at Goffs

A €42,000 colt from the first crop of Dewhurst Stakes runner-up Fast Company set the pace as the Goffs November Foal Sale got off to a low-key start on Monday.

This year’s foal sale has been extended from three to four days and trade on the traditionally quiet opening day was selective.

Of the 161 horses offered, 83 were sold for turnover of €672,550. The average came in at €8,103, while the median was €5,500. From today onwards demand is expected to pick up appreciably.

The session-topping colt, who belonged to Robert Norton, was bought by David Bowe on behalf of the emerging pinhooking venture Hursley Bloodstock. His dam’s first foal recently made a winning debut in Italy.

Bowe said: “He’s a nice, correct, straightforward foal and he’ll be back for resale at some stage next autumn.”

On a day when the progeny of first-crop stallions dominated proceedings, Yeomanstown Stud paid €30,000 for a colt hailing from the initial crop of the Gimcrack Stakes winner Showcasing. 

Yeomanstown also signed for a €17,000 son of the Norfolk and Gimcrack Stakes scorer Approve, whose first-batch foals are also on offer this week.

Like Approve, Zebedee was one of the crack two-year-olds of the 2010 season when his victories were headed by the Flying Childers Stakes, and the son of Invincible Spirit supplied several of the day’s higher priced foals.

They were headed by a €24,000 filly from Cornagher House Stud who came to Jimmy Murphy. She is a half-sister to the capable three-year-old sprinter Hamzah.

 “She’s a lovely, well made, racy-looking filly and the half-brother has shown a good level of form this year and hopefully he might go on again next season,” said Murphy.

Leading owner Julie Wood, who raced Zebedee with Richard Hannon, was also supporting the horse’s first crop and she paid €20,000 for a colt out of a Listed-placed Soviet Lad mare. 

Wood picked up the stakes-winning Sweet Cecily for a mere €3,000 at this sale in 2008.

Lord Shanakill’s first foals were also to the fore, with a relation to Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Kistena costing Headfield Stud €22,000 and Eddie O’Leary giving €20,000 for a colt out of a half-sister to Prix de la Foret winner Toylsome.





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