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Tom Tate: will train the Orby sale day one top lot for owner Jim Hay

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'Reasonably good' start to Goffs Orby sale

Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 212 190 159 11,271,000 70,887 50,000

A DAUGHTER of the 'Iron Horse' Giant's Causeway and the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Saoire was holding swayat €475,000 as the first session of the Goffs Orby Sale neared its conclusion last night.

Although no direct comparisons can be made until tomorrow owing to the sale's changed format, vendors and purchasers did feel that Ireland's premier yearling sale was holding up reasonably well and this was typified by the Cahermorris Stables-consigned session topper whom English trainer Tom Tate signed for.

The second foal out of Frances Crowley's Irish Classic winner was always going to be one of the star attractions and she did not disappoint with Hugo Merry, standing with Tate, and Demi O'Byrne doing battle with the former emerging victorious.

"Jim Hay andTom Tate arrived here yesterday and they asked me what I liked. I put this filly to them and they very generously allowed me to buy her. She's an absolute queen and Tom is going to be training her," reported Merry.

"I've only ever bought two Giant's Causeways before today. Both of them have been good and one of them, First Passage, is a very smart filly in America. Let's hope this filly continues the run," he added.

Tate later struck for a Motivator colt offered by Tinnakill House who made €230,000. Hailing from the second crop of his Derby-winning sire, the colt is from the immediate family of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Suave Dancer.

"He's a big, scopey horse and a real trainer's type of horse," commented Tate. "He's been bought for Mr Hay. The filly had class and quality and it's going to be a pleasure to train both horses, particularly the filly."

Pat O'Kelly's Kilcarn Stud has supplied a host of Orby Sale luminaries over the last 20 years and she produced another in a fine Montjeu colt out of Welsh Love. From Ms. O'Kelly's great dynasty that includes the likes of Flame Of Tara and Salsabil, he is a half-brother to Aidan O'Brien's Grand Criterium hero Second Empire and he eventually came John Magnier's way at €420,000.

"He was a bit of a standout," commented Demi O'Byrne. "The mare is old but this colt measured up very well and we know the family well already through the likes of Second Empire. There's not much more you can say about the sire either."

The other Magnier purchases featured a €180,000 Danehill Dancer three-parts brother to the Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Wannabe Grand from Churchtown House Stud and a €125,000 colt from the first crop of Holy Roman Emperor offered from Pier House Stud.

Among the most sought-after fillies onoffer was a daughter of the incomparable Sadler's Wells from a superb Staffordstown family that was also responsible for the €2.4m sale topper here in 2007. At €300,000 the filly came the way of Richard Frisby.

"She's a collector's item with the pedigree that she has. I've bought her for a client of mine and she will probably be going into training in England," reported Frisby, whose purchase is out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 1-winning fillies Alborada and Albanova.

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum was among those in attendance and his Shadwell Estates picked up a pair of sought-after sons of Medicean. The first of these was a €270,000 colt from Yeomanstown Stud, who was providing his connections with a terrific dividend on the 70,000gns that he cost at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

A short while later Shadwell struck again for a Croom House Stud-consigned grandson of Machiavellian. Out of a half-sister to the exciting juvenile Steinbeck, he cost €240,000.

"We've got some nice horses by the sire in the pipeline and we have the own-brother to the Medicean from Croom House who might run at Newmarket on Friday," commented Angus Gold. "Sheikh Hamdan hasn't been here for a few years due to other commitments but he enjoys coming here and visiting the farms and seeing the homebred yearlings too."

Among John Ferguson's purchases at this sale last year was last Sunday's Million Mile hero Shakespearean and he was busy stockpiling talent for next year with his spending including a €260,000 Oasis Dream colt.

"He's a really lovely, athletic type of colt. We were delighted to get him - he's by a sire who has had an excellent year and he's from a good, fast family," stated Ferguson.

Meanwhile the BBA Ireland's Adrian Nicoll spent €235,000 on a daughter of Danehill Dancer from Ashtown House Stud. She is a half-sister to an Australian-based Stakes winner.

"She will be going into training with David Wachman and has been bought on behalf of an international partnership which contains an Australian, an American and the rest Irish. She was one of the best fillies here and is by a top sire," reported Nicoll.

The first to reach six figures here was another Danehill Dancer filly and it was Liam Norris and William Huntingdon who snapped up the three-parts sister to the smart Sumora for €200,000.

 "I've bought her for two brothers who are looking to start a stud farm in England. We're trying to build up a broodmare band for them and the plan would be to race the fillies and then breed from them. There were one or two that we had our eye on today and we were delighted to get this filly. She's a queen," commented Norris, who later paid the same amount for a daughter of Galileo related to Shergar.

American agent Buzz Chace made his first visit to Goffs a worthwhile one as he gave €50,000 for an Ad Valorem colt and €140,000 for a son of Holy Roman Emperor.

"The plan at the moment for these would be to bring them back to America and possibly take them to California," remarked Chase. "They've both got a shot and the Holy Roman Emperor was a fine, big, strapping colt."






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