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Montjeu: sire of €100,000 top lot on day one of the Goffs February Sale



Montjeu colt hits
six figures at Goffs

Day one Goffs February Sale Comparative Figures (€)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  293  230  110  48  1,008,300  9,166  4,000
 2009  206  235  101  43  698,000  6,911  2,200

THE only Montjeu yearling on offer duly took centre stage at the opening session of the Goffs February Sale on Tuesday when selling to agent Hugo Merry for €100,000 at a session which comfortably surpassed the returns from 12 months ago.

The colt, who was consigned by Abbeville and Meadowcourt Studs, is out of an own-sister to the American Grade 2 heroine Grande Melody and comes from a successful dynasty that has producedthe likes of the Fillies Mile winner Crystal Music.

"I've bought him on behalf of a client who will reoffer him in the autumn," reported Merry. "He's a son of top sire and didn't look bad value at all, particularly when you consider how many top class horses this family has produced from the Sadler's Wells line."

There was also plenty of demand for the only Dalakhani colt in the sale and he eventually came the way of Thistle Farm at €75,000. From Jockey Hall Stud, he is out of an unraced half-sister to a pair of Group 3-placed runners.

Earlier the pace had been set by a pair of €48,000 lots, the first of which was a High Chaparral colt from Honeypound Stud who came the way of Timmy Hyde. The colt is a half-brother to two winners out of a half-sister to Driving Snow, who is a stakes winner in the US but is best remembered in these parts as the horse who won the maiden in which the great Sea The Stars made his racecourse debut in July 2008.

"He's a lovely, racy, athletic type by a sire who is very much on the up and up. It's more than likely that he will be reoffered," said the Camas Park man, whose purchase also comes from the family of the top filly Petrushka.

The other €48,000 lot also hailed from Honeypound Stud and he is an Acclamation colt who came the way of the BBA Ireland's Patrick Cooper. His purchase is the first foal out of a half-sister to Andre Fabre's Criterium de Saint-Cloud scorer Linda's Lad.

"He has been bought to race," stated Cooper. "He's a cracking first foal and comes from a very successful family."

Towards the end of the day a popular colt from the first crop of Amadeus Wolf was snapped up by Abbey House Farm for €46,000 while Adrian Maxwell made his presence felt when he struck for a €33,000 son of Aussie Rules belonging to Joseph Heavey. The colt, whose sire will be represented by his first runners this year, is a grandson of the French stakes winner Sweetness Herself.

Earlier Ciaran Conroy gave €27,000 for an Oratorio colt out of a Sadler's Wells mare from Yellowford Farm whose grandam is the dual Group 1-placed Louve Romaine.

"He's a fine colt and hopefully he might be back here for the Orby Sale in the autumn," remarked Conroy. "Thesire did well last year and there is an Oratorio two-year-old out of the mare with Robert Collet to run for this colt this season. Oratorio got the first two home in the Dewhurst last October and the winner, Beethoven, is out of a Sadler's Wells mare".

Guide to the future?

In 2006 a Montjeu yearling topped this sale at €250,000 and he turned out to be the subsequent Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire. Yesterday's €100,000 session topper could be worth following in the coming seasons.

Quote Of The Day

"Was that €100,000? ", auctioneer Nick Nugent taking an opening bidderby surprise early on yesterday.





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