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Zoffany: a Holy Roman Emperor half-brother to the Group 1 winner (218) could prove popular today

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Goffs Orby Sale: day two as it happened

Henry Beeby's end of sale speech:

"THANK YOU. That is our overwhelming feeling at the end of an excellent two day Orby Sale. Our first vote of thanks goes to our vendors as they have provided us with a catalogue of true quality that has been fought over by a diverse and deep buying bench from all over the world.

"On countless occasions in recent times we have sent out a call to Irish breeders to send us their best and this year we were repaid with a catalogue of the class, quality and depth equal to any. I am delighted to say that our vendors have, in turn, been well rewarded by a sale of real strength and vibrancy that has comfortably surpassed last year's statistics in every area with a whopping 47% rise in average to over €90,000, a 38% median price increase and all from an impressive 85% clearance rate which is up 5 points.

"It is no secret that last years sale left us a little deflated and we took a long look at the format for 2012, deciding to really focus on quality to ensure that the Orby kept its position as a premier sale of the best in Ireland. That meant we published a smaller catalogue but we were adamant that a certain standard had to be attained in the short and long term interests of the sale and stuck to our guns when discussing each yearling in the field. Of course we could have catalogued the same number as last year but that would have compromised the sale and it is important the Orby lives up to certain expectations. Happily that policy has been well and truly vindicated with a set of figures that have surpassed our most optimistic expectations.

"It has been a great pleasure to welcome so many buyers to Kildare Paddocks this week with visitors from 21 different countries. Our regulars have been quick to comment on a catalogue that has been a class above recent renewals whilst the newcomers, and those who haven't been to Goffs for some time, have all stated how impressed they have been with the consistency of the yearlings on offer. So many have also been quick to compliment the superb service provided by the Goffs team alongside our partners at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, and I want to particularly commend ITM's new General Manager Elaine Hatton who has immediately worked closely and effectively with us in our quest to attract more and more overseas buyers to Goffs with impressive results.

"The Goffs Orby Sale is Ireland's leading thoroughbred auction and has well and truly lived up to that billing over the last two days with no less than nine lots beating last years top price. I repeat our sincere thanks to every client, however big or small, and look forward to seeing them in the winners' enclosures around the world."

Final figures

Day 2: From 174 offered, 146 (84%) sold, for a total of €13,221,000 (+35%), average of €90,555 (+46%) and median of €60,000 (43%).

Overall Orby Sale results: From 355 offered, 301 (85%) sold, for turnover of €27,189,500 (+33%), average of €90,331 (+47%) and median of €58,000 (+38%).

377 - A Tally-Ho Stud-consigned son of Galileo is the latest top lot after selling to Form Bloodstock's Jehan Malherbe.

Malherbe had to see off strong compettion, for the colt who was bred by Tom Twomey, from Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne, who was standing alongside Paul Shanahan and MV Magnier, but landed the final blow at €800,000.

"We just can't get products like this back home," said Malherbe. "We've got confidence in the products we buy here. The horse will be trained by Mike de Kock."

328 - Charlie Gordon-Watson snaps up a daughter of Darley's New Approach for €260,000.

The Lodge Park Stud-consigned filly is out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Classic Park and is a half-sister to Walk In The Park who finished second on the Derby.

"She had a lovely pedigree," said Gordon-Watson. "She was a free-moving filly, with great conformation - my pick of the sale.

"She comes from a fantastic farm, who breed fantastic racehorses. She has been bought for an existing client."

317 - Team Valor's Barry Irwin is back with a bang, securing a son of Montjeu for €200,000.

Irwin spent €278,000 on four lots yesterday, including €150,000 on a son of Excellent Art.

The Glenvale Stud-consigned son of Montjeu is the first foal out of the unraced Danehill Dancer mare Cawett and comes from the immediate family of Questing, a dual Grade 1 winner in the US this season.

Murtagh recruiting

Jockey Johnny Murtagh, who leases his stables to trainer Thomas Carmody, has bought two horses this week, including a Kyllachy colt who cost €90,000.

284 - Regular Darley buyer Dick O'Gorman signs at €220,000 for a Castlebridge-consigned son of Shamardal.

He had to see off a determined John Oxx for the April-born colt, who is out of the Listed-placed mare Bee Eater and comes from a family that includes the multiple Group 1 winner Marwell.

254 - Form Bloodstock's Jehan Malherbe fights hard to secure a Galileo filly at €470,000.

The Camas Park Stud-consigned offering is a half-sister to the Listed-winning juvenile Tenth Star and descends from a family that includes Horris Hill winner Evasive.

"She has been bought for Sheikh Khalifa, who owns the top-class Igugu - also by Galileo," said Malherbe. "She was one of the Sheikh's picks and he knows the family well.  He owned Moon Is Up, who has gone on to produce a Group 1 winner."

253 - Airlie Stud have had a morning to remember, after another of their draft, one of four Montjeu colts in the sale, sells to Mandore International for €500,000.

The colt is out of a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Allegretto and comes from the family of dual Group/Grade 1 winner Aussie Rules.

"I am delighted with the two results," said Airlie Stud's Anthony Rogers. "I hope they go on to win a number of races for their owners.

"Progeny of Montjeu are obviously highly sought after and this horse was a lovely, athletic individual."

245 - Hugo Merry makes his mark, parting with €340,000 for an Airlie Stud-consigned daughter of Galileo.

The April-born filly is a half-sister to two winners and descends from a family that includes the French 2,000 Guineas hero Aussie Rules.

"She's a very pretty filly," said Merry. "She's by the best sire in the world and the mare has already produced a 105-rated performer.

"It's a difficult family to get into so I'm delighted to have her. She has been bought for an existing client, who was looking for a potential broodmare."

225 - Stephen Hillen signs at €150,000 for a brother to Sir Michael Stoute's useful-looking two-year-old Telescope.

By Galileo, the colt is out of a half-sister to the Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad and is from the family of Italian Derby winner Central Park.

207 - Foreign investment has played a big part at this week's sale and it continues today, with Hirokazu Okada, of Big Red Farm in Japan, parting with €180,000 for a son of Holy Roman Emperor.

The Glenvale Stud-consigned colt is out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon, who has already produced High Award , a Listed scorer in Hong Kong.

"I looked at him in the ring and I really liked him," said Okada. "He was a great walker, with good bone and conformation. We plan to buy a couple of yearlings at Goffs, but that will be it for this year."

205 - Peter Doyle has to fight hard to see off both Barry Irwin and Charlie Gordon-Watson for a Croom House Stud-consigned daughter of Cape Cross, but lands the final blow at €270,000.

The filly is from an outstanding family, being a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Geminiani and Phoenix Stakes heroine Damson, who has since gone on to produce the Flying Childers winner Requinto.

"She was a very nice filly," said Doyle. "We're unsure what we'll do with her, but she'll probably go to Richard Hannon. She had  a lovely pedigree and was just a gorgeous filly."

WELCOME to the second and final session of the Goffs Orby Sale. Selling starts at 10am and the general consensus is that there could be one or two lots capable of surpassing yesterday's top price  of €775,000.

Among today's stand-out lots could be:

218) b c Holy Roman Emperor-Tyrany: a half-brother to Aidan O'Brien's Group 1-winning juvenile Zoffany

225) b c Galileo-Velouette: a brother to Sir Michael Stoute's smart maiden winner and Derby fancy Telescope

235) ch f Mastercraftsman-Wyola: progeny of Coolmore's first-season sire have been in high demand and this filly is a half-sister to the Gimcrack and Norfolk Stakes winner Approve

254) b f Galileo-Alpha Lupi: a half-sister to the Listed-winning juvenile Tenth Star

263) b c Sakhee's Secret-Anatase: a speedily bred individual, being a half-brother to the useful sprinter Hamish McGonagall

328) ch f New Approach-Classic Park: out of an Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and a half-sister to the Derby second Walk In The Park




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