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Invincible Spirit colt tops day of declines at Goffs

For the second day in succession it was one of the final lots into the ring who took centre stage at the Goffs November Foal Sale as Summerhill Bloodstock struck for a €72,000 son of the Irish National Stud resident Invincible Spirit.

Consigned by the stud where his sire resides, the colt attracted considerable interest and the bidding quickly soared after a relatively lowly start before Summerhill eventually carried the day for the colt whose dam is an own-sister to the Futurity Stakes winner St Clair Ridge.

The figures for the session were once again well down on last year. The turnover went from over €5.5m to over €2.1m, the average was €16,622 as against €34,967 and the median dropped from €27,000 to €12,000.

Earlier a popular €70,000 son of the eminent first season sire Kheleyf set the pace for much of the day after being knocked down to Willie Browne. The centrepiece of a flurry of activity at the outset of the session, the colt is out of an unraced daughter of Galileo who is a half-sister to Rainbows For All who won a Debutante Stakes for Kevin Prendergast earlier this decade.

 "I liked him a lot," said Browne, who also secured a colt bythe sire for €34,000 here on Monday. "He's just a very good good-walking foal and the sire is well on his way on the evidence of his first runners this year. These nice ones are still proving very hard to buy."

Muchlater in the day Browne paid €40,000 for a son of the 2000 Guineas winner Refuse To Bend from Carrigbeg Stud whose dam is a half-sister to the Prix Robert Papin winner Never A Doubt.

Of the grandson of Sadler's Wells he added:  "He's a good sort too. At one stage he looked like he was going to be very good value but I'm still happy to have him and the sire finished off the season well. He will also be back for sale next autumn".

An Acclamation colt who entered the ring late in the session rounded off Browne's spending when he secured the Landscape Stud offering with a bid of €60,000.

Redpender Stud manJimmy Murphy was once again to the fore as he paid €60,000 for a colt hailing from the first crop of the high class Balmont. From Oghill House Stud, he had enjoyed a very significant update to his pedigree in recent months courtesy of his most progressive half-sister Aspen Darlin. Following her Group 3 victory in the Firth Of Clyde Stakes she went on to fill the runner-up spot both the Cheveley Park and Rockfel Stakes.

 "He's a grand, sharp good looking foal," commented Murphy. "His half-sister has already proved herself a very high class filly and hopefully she will continue to hold her own in good company next year. Also the sire showed a very good level of form throughout his career and he was a very good sprinter."

Another sire being represented by his first foals here this week is Andre Fabre's brilliant Irish Derby and Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run and he was responsible for a filly from Railstown Stud who cost Timmy Hyde €48,000. Her dam is a half-sister to the Group 1-winning juvenile Linda's Lad.

Bobby O'Ryan continued where he left off on Wednesday and secured a pair of €40,000 colts on behalf of Rob Lloyd's Cloverdale operation, both of whom will be returning for resale next autumn.  He struck first for Ringfort Stud-consigned Bahamian Bounty half-brother to the recent two-year-old Listed winner Imperial Guest and later picked up a colt from Iffraaj's first crop who was offered by Parkway Farm.

"I thought they were both really good looking foals and the Bahamian Bounty had agood update with Imperial Guest winning at Doncaster several weeks ago," remarked O'Ryan.

Iffraaj was also the source of a half-brother to the champion Canadian juvenile filly Brusque who was knocked down to Saint Arch Services for €42,000, while Eddie O'Leary went to €40,000 for a son of Byron whose siblings include the very smart Howya Now Kid.

Ciaran Conroy may have missed out on the aforementioned Kheleyf but, acting through Peter Doyle, he did secure a son of Elusive City from Ballylinch Stud for €38,000. He is out of a dual Listed winner in Italy.

 "I've bought him for Ciaran Conroy's Glenvale Stud," reported Doyle. "He's a very nice colt out of a decent mare and we've already seen what the sire can do from his first crop with the likes of Soul City and Elusive Wave."

Both the Goffs Million winner Soul City and the leading French juvenile filly Elusive Wave were bought by the Peter Doyle Bloodstock team as yearlings for Richard Hannon last year.





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