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Amadeus Wolf: one of the young sires represented at the Goffs foal sale


Intikhab colt tops Goffs November foal opener

 Year  Cat  Offered  Sold %  Agg  Ave  Median
2009  220  183  77 42  524,300  6,808  5,000


THE best was saved until last as the Goffs November Foal Sale swung into action today with a low key session, with pinhooker Jimmy Murphy heading proceedings by giving €33,000 for a son of Intikhab consigned by Caherhugh Farm Stud.

As expected, and as has been the case for last few years, the opening day of the sale got off to a quiet start and there was only a limited level of interest in the individuals that were on offer, with the clearance rate for the day coming in at 42 per cent.

Turnover for the day was €524,200, the average was €6,808 and the median was €5,000.

There was no shortage of interested onlookers when the aforementioned Intikhab colt entered the ring and Murphy had to see off several different rivals before the hammer came down in his favour for the half-brother to a winning juvenile in Italy. They are out of a winning half-sister to the Timothy Doyle-trained  stakes winner Moyenne.

"Intikhab is a sire I like although I haven't been able to buy one over the last few years," said Murphy, who owns Redpender Stud. "This was a good colt and I just thought that he fitted the bill. He'll be back for sale again next autumn."

For much of the day the pace was set by an Acclamation colt who was bought by Mark Dwyer for €26,000. Consigned by Abbey Leix Stud he is out of a daughter of Peintre Celebre,who won for Jim Gorman several seasons ago. The immediate family also features the Group-placed runner Rabi and the Coventry Stakes third Kawagino.

"He's a grand, straightforward type of horse,"reflected Dwyer. "If everything goes the right way he will hopefully be the type of horse that could go to Doncaster next year."

Paula Flannery had earlier gone to €25,000 for a daughter of Kheleyf from Mount Pleasant Farm who hailed from a family that has already served her well. The filly is another destined to return to the sales ring in the autumn.

At this sale last year, Flannery bought the Kheleyf filly's Elusive City half-brother for €16,000 before then selling him on for £90,000 at Doncaster in August. Another notable update in the immediate family was supplied by Ascot Glory when she filled the runner-up spot in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte several weeks ago.

"It's a family that has been lucky for us before," stated the purchaser. "The Elusive City is with Richard Fahey and he's there to run for the family next year and the three-parts sister [Ascot Glory] is a good two-year-old in France."

British-based Whitewell Bloodstock gave €20,000for a son of Hawk Wing belonging to Fergus Cousins. The colt is the fourth foal out of the Lupe Stakes heroine Halicardia.

"He's a good colt and he willbe resold next autumn, either here or in Doncaster. He's out of a good racemare and was just a very nice horse," commented Whitewell Bloodstock's Nicki Howarth.

Among the sires represented by their initial crop of foals this weekwas the Irish National Stud resident Jeremy. The Group 2-winning son of Danehill Dancer supplied a colt out of a sister to Knifebox who cost Derryluskin Stud €17,500.

Another first-crop sire was the top sprinter Red Clubs who was responsible for a colt that cost Tally-Ho Stud €15,000. Dark Angel, another Group 1 winner for Barry Hills, supplied a first-crop colt who cost Barnane Stud €14,000.

John Feane picked up one of the first sons of the crack juvenile Strategic Prince for €12,000, and Peter Molony matched this price for a son of the Middle Park Stakes winner Amadeus Wolf.




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