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Paco Boy at Highclere Stud

Paco Boy: responsible for a foal that sold for 52,000gns

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First-crop sires to the fore at Tatts Foal Sale

WEDNESDAY marked the start of a four-day run of foals at Tattersalls' December Sale, with a number of pinhookers, fresh from selling yearlings in previous months, looking to restock for 2013.

Foals by first-crop sires were a highly-prized commodity in Ireland last week and that trend continued yesterday with a 52,000gns son of triple Group 1 winner Paco Boy topping day one.

Rob Speers outbid Hugo Merry for the Voute Sales-consigned colt, whose family includes this years Windsor Forest Stakes scorer Joviality and Dante Stakes winner Bonfire.

"He's a nice colt, who has been bought for resale," said Speers. "I like the Paco Boys that I have seen so far; they're good-looking and walk well - he's really stamping them. I hope his progeny are as popular at the yearlings sales.

"I didn't come here to buy him but I was really taken with him. I thought I'd take a chance as they'll only be getting more expensive as the week goes on."

Progeny of Cheveley Park Stud's Dutch Art were highly sought after, with six lots selling for an average of 28,917gns, and leading owner Julie Wood had to part with 46,000gns for a son of the sire.

Consigned by Mill House Stud on behalf Hockham Lodge Stud, the Feburary-born colt is the second foal out of the unraced Diktat mare Authoritative, whose relatives include the Group 3 winner Needwood Blade.

"I really like the sire and his progeny are extremely popular," said Wood. "I had a nice horse by the sire this year but he failed to make the racecourse and I wanted to replace him.

"This horse doesn't have the strongest pedigree, but he was a fine-walking colt with plenty of scope. He will go back to Catridge Farm Stud before going in to training with Richard [Hannon]."

Willie Browne gave the final nod at 46,000gns to land a colt from the first-crop of dual French Classic winner Lope De Vega.

The imposing youngster is a out of a half-sister to three black-type winners, including the French Group 3 winner Lime Gardens.

"He was a smashing type," said Browne. "The sire is really stamping his stock, they have plenty of scope and all walk particularly well.

"I would think he will probably head back to Tattersalls [for resale] next autumn."

Tony and his son Roger O'Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud landed a touch at the Goffs Orby Sale in October when a son of Royal Applause they had bought for 35,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale realised 95,000gns.

They will be hoping that lightning strikes twice after giving 42,000gns for a John Troy-offered son of the sire, who is out of the Bluebird mare Umniya, a half-sister to the dual Listed-winning sprinter Lady Links.

O'Callaghan jr said: "He is by a solid sire who has been good to us this year."

A High Chaparral colt from the family of Prince of Wales's Stakes and Prix d'Ispahan hero Byword also made 42,000gns when selling to Ciaran Conroy of Glenvale Stud.




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