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Coolmore dominates
final session of foal sale

comparative figures: tATTERSALLS FOAL SALE DAY FIVE
2008 214 148 98 66 3,732,600 38,088 16,000
2007 272 223 153 69 6,775,000 44,281 28,500

TATTERSALLS' five-day December Foal Sale finished in Newmarket on Saturday with a final session dominated by long-term racing prospects bought by Coolmore.

Chief among them was a first-crop Holy Roman Emperor colt out of the 1998 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon bred by Liz Stack and Jane Rawlinson and consigned from Tom Gaffney's Churchtown House Stud.

BBA Ireland supremo Adrian Nicoll made a play for the April-born youngster but it was German agent Rudiger Alles who provided the final opposition to Demi O'Byrne before the hammer came down at 425,000gns.

Coolmore supports home sire Galileo
O'Byrne also snapped up a trio of well-connected Galileos. The first was a 380,000gns colt out of a half-sister to Alexandrova, Magical Romance and Masterofthehorse consigned from the Pocock family's Stringston Farm, for whom Tony Nerses was underbidder.

The colt is out of Sitara, a mare bought by Robert Pocock for just 10,000gns at the 2002 December Sale and it has proved a fortuitous purchase. Her current two-year-old, Aidan O'Brien's Fairyhouse maiden winner Golden Sword, was sold for 165,000gns to Mags O'Toole as a foal.

"We're dairy farmers really and grow our own hay so it's great for everyone back at the farm," said Pocock. "We've got 10 mares and don't pay big money for them, we buy them young and try and make them ourselves.

"There have been 10 black-type horses in this mare's family since we got her, the latest being Masterofthehorse.

"We had a lot of people coming down to see the Galileo foal and one or two were saying he was the best colt in the sale. Beforehand I thought he could make200,000gns but we were delighted with that price."

Shortly afterwards, O'Byrne paid 210,000gns for a Galileo filly out of Alessia from a distinguished family consigned from Joe Rogers' Ballintry Stud.

O'Byrne later saw off Seamus Burns for a 280,000gns Galileo half-sister to Charles Egerton's black-type performer Humungous bred by Marston Stud and the Australian-based Fleming Thoroughbreds.

"The (210,000gns) filly was the absolute spitting image of her sire and I'd say they'll all be kept to race. They were great individuals and obviously the colt is a half-brother to a two-year-old who could be anything."

Twomey pinhooks Green Desert filly
One filly who will be reappearing next autumn is a 115,000gns daughter of Green Desert out of a half-sister to US Grade 1 winner Labeeb from a family steeped in black-type who sold to Paddy Twomey ofHawthorn Villa Stud.

"I didn't think she cost too much given the fact she is by a good stallion and has great residual value with her page," said Twomey. "I'm probably down in numbers to sell next years but I've tried to really focus on quality."

Cooper defeats Rauscher again
Yorkshire-based owners David and Vimy Aykroyd, bidding through Patrick Cooper of BBA Ireland, saw off Ronald Rauscher for a 75,000gns Arch filly on Thursday and they again outbid the German agent for yesterday's penultimate lot, a 120,000gns Dalakhani filly from the family of Islington.

"We got one to win the Guineas on Thursday and now we've got one to win the Oaks!," said Cooper. "Both fillies will go to Cliff Stud in Yorkshire before going into training with Ralph Beckett next year."





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