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Dawn Approach: his sister (lot 12) was knocked down to Peter and Ross Doyle for €775,000 at Goffs

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Goffs Orby sale: day one as it happened

Day one figures up

A combination of a greater emphaiss on quality and increased activity from overseas buyers led to an improved set of figures at Goffs.

From 180 horses offered, 152 were sold (84%) for turnover of €13,553,500 (+27%), average of €89,168 (+46%) and median of €55,000 (+31%).

Lot 200 - The ring at Goffs was buzzing before the arrival of the last horse and he didn't disappoint selling to Mandore Internaional for €500,000.

The Croom House Stud-consigned Pivotal colt is out of Sumora, a half-sister to the Oaks winner Dancing Rain, and is a half-brother to last year's champion two-year-old Maybe.

Lot 189 - Moyglare Stud continue their recruitment of potentialbroodmare prospects, when parting with €320,000 for another daughter of Invincible Spirit.

The March-born filly is a half-sister to four black-type performers, including the Group 3 winner San Sicharia.

Lot 160 - Stephen Hillen signs at €260,000 for a son of Aussie sensation Fastnet Rock. The sire's stock have sold well today, with four offered and four sold for a combined total of €550,000.

The Glenvale Stud-consigned colt is a half-brother to the Listed-winning juvenile What's Up Pusscycat, from the family of German Group 1 winner Scalo.

"He has been bough for Dr [Jim] Hay," said Hillen. "He was one of, if  not, the best physical specimens in the sale and is by a sire that produces fast horses. I hope Fastnet Rock can replicate what he's achieved in Australia up here."

Lot 141 - Invincible Spirit has had a summer to remember thanks to the exploits of his Group 1-winning trio Mayson, Moonlight Cloud and Saturday's Cheveley Park Stakes scorer Rosdhu Queen. So this filly was always going to prove popular.

She was snapped up by Moyglare Stud's Eva-Maria Haefner for €420,000.

The Castlemartin Stud-consigned filly is out of the Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Rebelline and is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Recharge.

"She was a very special filly," said Haefner. "She's out of a fantastic mare and I thought we'd have to pay around that mark."

Sire watch

Stock by Derrinstown Stud resident Tamayuz are proving popular. His first-crop two-year-olds have run particulalry well this season, highlighted by the Richard Hannon-trained Flying Childers winner Sir Prancealot and buyers are keen to secure his offspring.

Five have been offered today, with four selling for a total of €168,000. Shadwell bought the most expensive offering, when parting with €80,000 for a colt consigned by Glevbe House Stables.

The March-born foal is the third foal out of the Moyglare Stakes heroine Miss Beatrix.

What they're saying at Goffs

“We’d have to be very happy with how the sale has gone so far. Of the seven horses that we’ve offered so far today six have been sold including the Oasis Dream colt. The new format looks to be working. Goffs have done a good job. The footfall in the yard over the last few days has been good and we’ve seen a lot of English trainers here as well as some American clients.” Bill Dwan, Castlebridge Consignment

“From our point of view it looks a solid sale and this year’s format looks to be working. The right people look to be following the nice horses and we’ve certainly found it competitive for whatever we have followed in.” Ross Doyle, agent

Lot 130 - Gill Richardson continues her spending spree, parting with €170,000 for a son of Teofilo. Her latest purchase takes her spending to €325,000 for four bought.

The Lynn Lodge Stud-consigned colt is a first-foal out a half-sister to the Prix de l'Abbaye winner Benbaun.

Rock off to a fast start

Progeny by Coolmore's Fastnet Rock are in high demand. Three offered, three sold for a total of €290,000.

Amanda Skiffington has bought the most expensive offering, paying €150,000 for a colt from the family of the German Group 1 winner Kutub.

Lot 119 - Derrinstown Stud's Stephen Collins parts with €240,000 for a daughter of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass.

The filly, who is out of a half-sister to the French Guineas winner Elusive Wave, is a half-sister to the Listed-winning juvenile City Image.

"She was a very nice filly," said Collins. "Raven's Pass has made a very exciting start to his stud career. This filly had a lovely pedigree and she looks a racey type."

Half-time on day one at Goffs

We are over halfway through the opening session of this year's Orby Sale and the avearge is running at €82,809, the day one average last year was €61,063, the median is at €50,000, the day one median last year was €42,000, and the aggregate is €6,956,000. Day one last year ended with turnover of €10,686,000.

Enjoying the experience

Canadian owner Jim Hill has made the most of his first visit to Goffs securing three lots, including a Cape Cross filly (€57,000), a son of Marju (€80,000) and a Jeremy filly (€28,000).

"My wife [Susan] and I thought that we'd come to Goffs and buy some yearlings," said Hill. "There has been a lot of controversy regarding the soundness of horses in North America so we thought we'd come over to Europe. We will take some of the horses we buy back to the US and keep some of them over here. The prize-money in the US and Canada is phenomenal and you have to remember that 90 per cent of Graded stakes races at Woodbine are on turf.

"I have really enjoyed my experience at Goffs and we're going to the Arc on Sunday which should be brilliant."

Spending big

Agent Gill Richardson is widely regared as one of the best at seeking out a bargain, but today she has spent big, buying two lots for €200,000. They include an Iffraaj colt, who she bought for €130,000 and a daughter of Fastnet Rock, who cost €70,000.

Lot 68 - It's turning out to be a memorable day for Redmondstown Stud, they have now sold four yearlings for €1,567,000. The latest a son of Sea The Stars, who is knocked down to agent Bobby O'Ryan for €400,000.

The January-born colt is the first-foal out of the dual Group 3 winner Maoineach.

"He has been bought for an existing Irish client," said O'Ryan. "He is by a champpion racehorse out of a fantastic racemare, so I'm delighted to have got him."

Lot 63 - Team Valor's Barry Irwin is making a big impact today and parts with €150,000 for a Camas Park Stud-consigned son of Excellent Art. His second purchase after securing a daughter of Teofilo for €55,000.

The colt is out of Magic Sister, a sister to the top-class sprinter Hoh Magic, who has already produced the Falmouth Stakes heroine Rajeem.

"I just loved his shape and physique," said Irwin. "I hope to buy half a dozen and they will all be trained by Andy Oliver. After completing their two-year-old campaigns they will come over to the US.

"I haven't bought at Goffs since the eighties, but I just feel that Europe is a better place than the US for developing two-year-olds and that's what I plan to do."

Lot 55 - The only colt in the sale by Juddmonte's Oasis Dream becomes embroiled in a tug of war between Coolmore and Darley with the Demi O'Byrne coming out on top at €280,000.

The imposing colt is out of the Moyglare Stakes-placed mare Littlefeather and a half-sister to four winners, including the Listed-placed performer Bee Eater.

"He was a very nice colt," said O'Byrne. "He is very forward, considering he was a May foal."

Bushranger bouncing

Lot 53 - First-crop yearlings by Bushranger have made a big splash at the sales this year and the trend has continued at Goffs.  

John Ferguson signed at €125,000 for a Tally-Ho Stud-consigned son of the sire, the most expensive offering to go through the ring this year.

Bought as a foal by Tally-Ho at Goffs November for €42,000, the colt is out of the dual Listed-winning mare Lilium, who has produced two winners.

"He was a fantastic specimen and looked a ready made two-year-old," said Ferguson.

Lot 39 - Canadian's Jim and Susan Hill, who are regular buyers at the US sales, dip their toe into the European market, securing a Castlebridge-consigned son of Marju for €80,000.

The colt is a brother to the Listed winner Massive.

Turf racing in the US is becoming increasingly popular due to increasing prize-money. Could transatlantic interest at European sales be on the up?

Yeats selling well

Two sons by the four-time Ascot Gold Cup hero Yeats have sold well averaging €32,000. Not a bad return on a first-season fee of €10,000.

Lot 35 - The second yearling through the ring by champion Sea The Stars proves popular, selling to David Redvers for €280,000.

The filly is out of the Always Fair mare Karmifira, who finished second in the French 1,000 Guineas, and is a half-sister to two winner including the Group 1-placed perfomer On Verra.

"She was Sheikh Fahad's personal pick," said Redvers. "She was a lovely filly and very well prepped. She had a really good attitude, but I'd say there was more Cape Cross in her than Sea The Stars."

The filly was consigned by Dermot Cantillon's Tinnakill House stud.

"I am absolutely delighted, she is a beautiful filly," said Cantillon. "I'm thrilled that the Sheikh Fahad has bought her and I hope she will go on to win a number of races for him."

Lot 26 - John Magnier makes his first foray into the market when seeing off Stephen Hillen at €500,000 for a son of Montjeu, out of the Cherry Hinton winner Jewel In The Sand.

The colt was consigned by Denis Brosnan's Croom House Stud.

"He was a lovely colt and out of fantastic mare," said Brosnan. "We acquired the mare five years ago at Tattersalls and she cost 620,000 - a lot of money. However, she has produced a number of winners.

"We were hopeful he would sell well, there were only four Montjeu colts here and they're becoming hot property following his death. We have one to sell at Tattersalls and we'd be hopeful he sold well."

Lot 18 - Barry Irwin's Team Valor make an early play,  securing a Grove Stud-consigned daughter of Teofilo for €55,000.

The filly is out of the Listed-placed Intikhab mare In Safe Hands, a half-sister to Flying Childers winner Cayman Kai and Listed scorer Tajasur.

Lot 12 - Fireworks were expected when this filly, a sister to Jim Bolger's unbeaten juvenile and Group 1 winner Dawn Approach, entered the ring and she didn't disappoint.

The filly was eventually knocked down to Peter and Ross Doyle for €775,000, who had to see off strong competition from Kirsten Rausing.

"We have bought her for a syndicate of people looking for a top-class filly," said Peter Doyle. "She will be going into training with Jim Bolger.

"She was a lovely filly and we all know how good her brother is. We have finished second to Dawn Approach twice this season, with Mister Marc and Olympic Glory in the Coventry Stakes.

His sale was another success for the Ken Bolger-managed Redmondstown Stud, who also sold the first lot through the ring - an Intense Focus half-sister to Parish Hall - for €300,000.

"We're absolutely thrilled with the two results," said Bolger. "It's not every day that you sell two yearlings for over one million.

"The first filly has been bought for a syndicate, but I'm unsure what will happen with the filly the Doyle's bought."

Lot 1 - We're off to a flyer, with BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly parting with €300,000 to secure a first-crop daughter of Intense Focus, who is a half-sister to Jim Bolger's Dewhurst Stakes winner Parish Hall.

The filly will be heading to Bolger's Glebe House Stables in County Carlow.

"She has been bought for a new syndicate of owners and will be trained by Jim Bolger," said Reilly. "Jim trained Parish Hall, so was keen to secure this filly. We're very happy to get her."

WELCOME to the opening day of this year's Goffs Orby Sale. It promises to be an exciting day, with the first session bookended by an Intense Focus half-sister to last year's Dewhurst winner Parish Hall and a Pivoal half-brother to last year's champion two-year-old filly Maybe.

We will be running a live story throughout the day, keeping you up to date with everything that happens at Goffs, including the lots, buyers and vendors making the headlines.

Among today's stand-out lots could be:

12) b f New Approach-Hymn Of The Dawn: a sister to Jim Bolger's unbeaten two-year-old and Group 1 winner Dawn Approach

26) b c Montjeu-Jewel In The Sand: out of a Cherry Hinton winner, who has already produced two juvenile winners

57) ch c Galileo-Luas Line: out of a Grade 1 winner, from the family high-class juveniles Kingsfort and Donativum

72) b f Lawman-Masai Queen: a filly that could be popular, as a half-sister to the Vinatge Stakes hero Chandlery

97) b f Invincible Spirit-My Renee: by a sire who can do no wrong this summer and a half-sister to the high-class performer Banimpire, who was sold at the Goffs November Sale for €2.3m





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