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Mandore strikes for 1.5 million gns sister to Was

ALCHEMY is apparently an age-old craft that turns a base material into pure gold. But the concept has been resurrected in style and given a modern twist: hope your mare produces a filly by Galileo and send it by express courier to Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

In 2010 three of the top four lots were daughters of the Coolmore great - among them 1.2 million gns sale topper Was. And last year the top four lots were all Galileo fillies.

So guess what happened yesterday? Actually, there's no need.

The highest price of the sale so far was reached when Mandore International, acting for an unnamed client, went to 1.5 million gns for a full-sister to Oaks winner Was, out of Alluring Park, a half-sister to Galileo's Derby winning freshman sire New Approach. She will be trained in France.

That was the culmination of a stunning session for the sire, whose progeny claimed the top five prices of yesterday's trade for a combined 5,575,000 gns.

Earlier, within eight lots of each other, two daughters of you-know-who sold for 2,225,000 gns between them.

A Camas Park-consigned sister to Grade 1 winner and dual Guineas runner-up Together was bought by John Magnier for 1.3 million gns, preceded by a 925,000gns filly who was bought by Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock and consigned by Voute Sales.

Galileo's Book 1 average for fillies last night stood at 551,000gns. And his colt's average was improved late on to 301,250gns when John Magnier paid 950,000gns for a son of the brilliant Irish mare Alexander Goldrun - her first foal.

Magnier saw off American agent David Ingordo and Grant Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock to secure the 1.3 million gns filly who is also a three-parts sister to Montjeu's Criterium International winner Jan Vermeer.

"She's a lovely filly from the family we know well," said Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne.

"I saw her at the farm before she came here and she's quite similar to Together. I thought she was the best filly in the sale. I wasn't surprised she made around that."

The 925,000 gns filly is a sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas and Criterium International winner Roderic O'Connor.

Goff said the Swettenham Stud-bred filly is for "a longstanding client" and that training plans are undecided.

"I saw her first thing yesterday morning and fell in love with her.
"She was an absolutely outstanding physical with enormous residual value and very mature for a May foal. I could watch her all day," he said.

A stunning sale for Croom House Stud - five yearlings sold for an average of 502,000gns  -continued when Australian Paul Fudge spent 900,000 on a Galileo daughter of Witch Of Fife, whose previous two Galileo yearlings sold for a combined 1,450,000gns.

The strength of Galileo's international appeal was
well-summarised by Grant Pritchard-Gordon, who on Tuesday spent 570,000gns for another daughter on behalf of a major overseas client.

"We were specifically looking for a Galileo filly," he said. "He's certainly the best stallion I'll ever see in my lifetime and he's got off to a tremendous start as a broodmare sire.

"I think we should really try and buy as many by him as possible."




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