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Goffs: Banimpire
raises the roof at €2.3m

3.30pm A truly incredible five minutes at Goffs sees Banimpire become one of the most expensive thoroughbreds ever to come under the hammer in Ireland as she sells for an amazing €2.3 million.

She is bought by Oceanic Bloodstock’s Michel Zerolo on behalf of owner Martin Schwartz and will continue her racing career in America.

Sold by Jim Bolger’s Glebe House Stables, Banimpire came into this ring on the back of a remarkable three-year-old season.

After starting off her season in the Group 3 Park Express Stakes in March in which she finishe third, Banimpire then embarked on a remarkable Stakes-winning spree which took in the Ribblesdale Stakes and the Group 2 Royal Whip Stakes along with an agonizing defeat in the Irish Oaks.

In all she entered this ring as a five-times Group race winner with Classic form to her name. 

With a terrific race record coupled with a pedigree that goes back to the great Detroit she had huge and global appeal.

Ultimately the battle for her came down to Zerolo and M V Magnier and the latter eventually had to give best when his last bid of €2.25m was eventually countered.

Aga Khan draft dazzles
3pm THE Aga Khan draft has proven as popular as ecer and the 12-year-old Alasha is now setting the pace after being bought by Seamus Burns of Lodge Park Stud for €260,000.

A Listed winner during her time on the track as well as reaching the frame in the 1,000 Guineas and the E P Taylor Stakes, Alasha was sold in foal to Raven’s Pass.

She is already the dam of three winners headed bythis season’s Group 3 Sceptre Stakes winner Alanza. The BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe was underbidder for the daughter of Barathea.

Six lots later and the Aga Khan supplied the Kahyasi mare Lidakiya and she sold to Dermot Cantillon’s Tinnakill House Stud for €85,000. The 14-year-old is carrying to Zamindar and she is already the dam of the dual Group 1 winner and top class international runner Linngari.

Also in demand was Riynaaz, who was snapped up by the BBA Ireland’s Eamon Reilly for €70,000. The winning Cape Cross four-year-old is in foal to Dalakhani and she is a half-sister to the Listed-winning Riyalma and this year’s smart juvenile Rubina. 

Cursory leads the early blows
Noon: CURSORY, a daughter of Hurricane Run, is leading the way on the opening day of the Goffs Novemberbreeding-stock Sale after selling to Oliver St Lawrence for €60,000.

Offered from Swordlestown Little, she was sold with a coveted Acclamation covering and she is a daughter of the Group 3 May Hill Stakes winner Half Glance.

Earlier, James Mescall spent €36,000 on the Frank Campbell-owned Atraf mare Harriers Call.

The six-year-old is in foal to Amadeus Wolf and she came under the hammer as the winner of four races as well as reaching the frame in the listed Silver Stakes and finishing second in the Irish Lincoln.

Many of the more prestigious lots are due to come under the hammer later in the day.





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