DBS January topped by £55k King's Theatre filly
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YORKSHIREMAN Richard Haggas snapped up a filly from a family with whom he's well acquainted at Doncaster's January Sale yesterday when paying £50,000 for a 10-month-old daughter of the prolific mare Fortune's Girl.
Haggas has successfully pinhooked three previous foals out of the mare, including the Aintree champion bumper winner Diamond Sal and Philip Hobbs' smart performer Ring The Boss, and is hoping his luck will continue with this King's Theatre filly, who was offered by her breeders, Richard and Sally Aston's Goldford Stud.
"This is the fourth one I've had and the mare has never let me down, I've sold them for 200,000gns, 100,000gns and got £90,000 for Flash Of Genius in May. They think the world of him, hence his name," said Haggas.
"I don't think Richard really wanted to sell this filly and he has taken a half share in her. She could come back here as a store, she could race or Richard might have her as a broodmare eventually. We've got a long time to decide and in the meantime we'll enjoy watching her grow up."
A Flemensfirth half-brother to Supreme Novices' Hurdle second favourite Menorah is heading to Wilson Dennison's Loughnamore Stud in Count Antrim after making £36,000. Trainer Ian Ferguson, acting for Dennison, outbid Aiden Murphy for the Galbertstown Stud offering.
"He's going home to Wilson now and after that it's up to him. The horse could run as a four-year-old or he might be resold. I thought he was a really nice individual and the half-brother is meant to be a proper horse," said Ferguson.
One definitely set for a reappearance was a Presenting colt out fo a half-sister to Viking Flagship who made £35,000 when sold by Cornish comedian Jethro to Aiden Murphy. "He had the outstanding pedigree in the book here. I bought him on spec and he'll come back here as a three-year-old," said Murphy.
Eugene McDermott of Kennycourt Stud, who with Murphy had judged Tuesday's show class, got a Presenting colt out of six-time chase winner Rosie Redman for £33,000 while Simon Hubbard Rodwell, owner of Scottish National winner Hot Weld and breeder of Canford Cliffs, paid £30,000 for a Kayf Tara filly who was the first foal of the classy Heltornic.
"She walked brilliantly and I loved her when I saw her. She's got the pedigree which you have to have now if you're breeding and really ticked all the right boxes. Hopefully it's a family going places," said Hubbard Rodwell, who is based at Saxtead Hall Stud in Suffolk. "We'll take her home and when the time comes she'll go to Nicky Henderson and then hopefully we'll eventually breed from her.
"We've got two mares and three in training with Nicky including Full Of Spirit, a daughter of Spirit Leader who won her first start on Boxing Day. We're slowly building up a broodmare band, who will all be National Hunt."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"There'll be no credit for you!" auctioneer Henry Beeby to his employee Jeremy Mactaggart, who bought a Presenting filly for £12,000. Mactaggart, also a DBS auctioneer and director, and his wife had been outbid through a frustrating day as they tried to snap up a foal.
A BIT OF EVERYTHING
Kayf Tara, based at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire, is flying the flag for British jump breeding present and he had an amazing 36 of his 2009 foals catalogued yesterday. Buyers shopping for a young Kayf Tara had plenty of choice and not all found new homes although he did manage a top price of £30,000.