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Four Sins tops the first day of Goffs mare sale

THE Group 2-winning racemare Four Sins dominated the first day of the breeding stock sale at the Goffs November Sale whenselling to John McCormack Bloodstock for €620,000.

The four-year-old daughter of Sinndar formed the centrepiece of the ever popular Aga Khan draft and, in addition to her fine race record, she boasted an interesting history. She was bred in Germany before being sent to Goffs for the inaugural Million Sale in 2005 when she was purchased by the Aga Khan for €120,000, thus becoming the first yearling he had bought at public auction since Blushing Groom.

On the track Four Sins proved herself a high-class runner for John Oxx by winning the Blandford and Blue Wind Stakes in addition to finishing a highly creditable fourth in the Epsom Oaks. That record, coupled with a Dansili covering, made her avery attractive proposition and Lizzie Lyons, acting for McCormack, outlasted David Nagle.

 "She has been bought on behalf of a long-standing client of John McCormack's and it is quite likely that she will be exportedto go to Japan," said Ms Lyons. "She's a really lovely mare, in foal to a good sire and she was a high-class runner on the track."

The session ended with an average of €34,819, a fall of 26 per cent from last year, a median of €23,000, which was down 34 per cent, and 171 horses sold for €5,954,000 a fall of 19 per cent on 2007.

As ever the sale was bolstered by a substantial international presence and foremost among these were Irish-based agent Hugo Merry, who struck on 38 occasions for Indian clients, and Turkish agent Omer Halim Aydin.

The pick of the Darley draft was the unraced three-year-old Bestowal. The daughter of Unbridled's Song is a half-sister to the top-class and ultra-durable English 1,000 Guineas heroine Hatoof and the American Grade 1 scorer Irish Prize. At €240,000 the hammer came down in favour of Emerald Bloodstock's Brendan Gallagher.

 "I don't know who she is going to be covered by and we'll be looking around for a stallion for her but it's more than likely that she will end up in Kentucky," reflected Gallagher. "She cost plenty and let's hope she's lucky but families like this one just don't come up too often and she's a lovely filly too."

Another €240,000 lot was the Grade 3-winning Danehill mare Chiming who was sold in-foal to Montjeu and was bought by Marlhill House Stud. She was sold by J.K. Thoroughbreds on behalf of Swordlestown Stud.

The Aga Khan draft provided a number of other highlights and among these was the four-year-old Indian Ridge mare Almatinka who was sold in-foal to Oasis Dream and was bought by James Delahooke for €130,000. She is a daughter of the English 1,000 Guineas third Alasha.

 "I've bought her for Dominic Burke who owns Whitley Stud in Gloucester," reported Delahooke. "He's looking to build up a nice band of mares and we had been looking for an Indian Ridge mare for a while and now we have one. She's a very nice mare and she was sold with a good covering too."

David Nagle may have missed out on the sale topper but he did secure the dam of the Irish St. Leger winner Kastoria for €130,000. Kassana, a daughter of Shernazar, was sold in-foal to Rock Of Gibraltar. The Barronstown Stud man also paid €65,000 for the Moyglare Stakes heroine Edabiya who is carrying to Manduro.

Marc-Antoine Berghgracht spent €130,000 for Darley's Covet, who is in-foal to Dalakhani and he also paid €115,000 for the Aga Khan-owned Dixie Girl, a dual winner in France this season.

Elsewhere, Ennel Bloodstock's Cyril O'Hara went to €115,000 for Leo's Spirit. The mare was from Pat O'Kelly's Kilcarn Park Stud and is from the famed Flame Of Tara dynasty. She was sold with a One Cool Cat covering.

"She's a lovely young mare from one of the very best families around. I know Pat well and I was delighted to be able to buy this mare off her on behalf of Christopher Maye," reported O'Hara.




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