Dark Angel: his dam, Midnight Angel, topped proceedings at the Goffs February Sale when selling to Malih Al Basti for €145,000PICTURE: Mark Cranham
Dam of Dark Angel takes centre stage at Goffs Feb
MIDNIGHT Angel, who has already produced the top juvenile Dark Angel and last season's Mill Reef Stakes runner-up Angel's Pursuit, headed the second and final session of the Goffs February Sale on Wednesday at €145,000.
The 16-year-old daughter of Machiavellian, who was offered from Knockatrina House, came under the hammer in foal to Acclamation and is thus carrying a full sibling to Dark Angel. Predictably she attractedconsiderable interest before eventually coming the way of Con Marnane. He was acting on behalf of Angel's Pursuit's owner Malih Al Basti.
"Malih Al Basti bought Angel's Pursuit from me for £190,000 when he topped the breeze-up sale at Doncaster last year," said Marnane. "Angel's Pursuit showed good form last year and they are very happy with him. The mare is carrying a full sibling to Dark Angel."
For much of the day the pace was set by a pair of €55,000 lots which included Mickley Stud's Angelic Girl who was snapped up by Marc Antoine Berghgracht. The daughter of Swain is a half-sister to last year's Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up On Verra.
"She is going to stay in Ireland to be covered by one of the Coolmore sires and then she will be returning to France. She's a half-sister to a leading Classic prospect and has been bought for a client," remarked the French agent.
The €55,000 mark had earlier been reached by Italian Arturo Brambilla when he secured the placed Kingmambo mare Dance To The Band. The J.K. Thoroughbreds offering is in foal to Oratorio and is a daughter of Dermot Weld's 1996 Irish Oaks winner Dance Design.
Heading the Darley draft was the winning Dubai Destination filly Hearsay who was snapped up by Silfield Bloodstock's Charlie Mason for €48,000. She is a half-sister to a French Group 3 winner in Do The Honours and the former Chesham Stakes heroine Seba.
"She's a lovely filly from a high class and young, happening family. It's great to have her for the farm," commented Mason.
At the outset of the day Peter Kavanagh gave €40,000 for the former Italian Group 3 winner Champion Place from Ballyhane. The seven-year-old daughter of Compton Place is related to Pat Martin's dual Listed winner Indiana Gal.
"She's a classy racemare with a lot of speed which are good ingredients to start with and she will hopefully make a very good addition to the stud," stated Kavanagh. "We haven't yet thought about whom she might visit but a Danehill horse could just suit her very well."
Dream Date was bought for 8,000gns by Corrin Stud at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale and she made €18,000 on her return to sales ring two months later.
Just as he was in November Hugo Merry was again busy in his quest to secure breeding stock for India and he ended the day with 13 purchases to his name, the most expensive of which was the Listed-placed Royal Liverpool at €32,000
Henry Beeby's end of sale statement:
A sale that posts improved figures in every department is always pleasing as it demonstrates that we are moving in the right direction. Of course we are happy to have returned a stronger trade than 12 months ago and it is a great way to start the New Year (and decade) but it would be naïve to claim that the industry's problems are over as we are still some way shy of the 2008 sale results.
Henry Beeby: "great way to start the New Year"PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
The 50 per cent clearance rate on both days clearly illustrates that the market remains selective and we have a long way to go before we can start celebrating. Thatsaid the Goffs February Sale has proved to be the best of its kind once again with a strong international presence and keen pinhooker interest for the most commercial youngsters.
This is the third Goffs Sale in succession to have enjoyed some recovery and this surely suggests that a corner has been turned following steep declines at most British and Irish sales between the autumns of 2008 and 2009. Our challenge is to maintain the momentum and continue to persuade Irish breeders that Goffs, supported by the invaluable work of ITM, is the first choice for the best Irish bloodlines as we sell to a truly global audience.