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Nephrite - Leopardstown 30.10.2011

Nephrite getting the better of Born To Sea in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

 

Pivotal colt overturns
Born To Sea in Group 3

ALTHOUGH all the hype ahead of the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes had been about Sea The Stars's half-brother Born To Sea, it was Nephrite, a son of Pivotal, who came home the best.

It was a big and successful step in class for the Templeton & Cheveley Park Stud-bred colt, the previous winner of a maiden.

Bought by Demi O'Byrne for 230,000gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2010 from Mertoun Paddocks - an offshoot of Templeton Stud - Nephrite is the sixth foal out of the four-time winner Cape Merino. He is a half-brother to Cape Of Good Hope, winner of the Golden Jubilee Stakes (G1) and the Australia Stakes (G1), and who has also been placed on 24 occasions, inlcuding when second in the Hong Kong Sprint (G1).

Nephrite is the only yearling by Pivotal bought by Coolmore since the Irish farm purchased Poet in 2006 - he was sold on after his four-year-career - and Hard Ball, who was bought in 2007 from Hascombe and Valiant Stud. He cost Demi O'Byrne 475,000gns and failed to win for Aidan O'Brien.

Coolmore purchased Excellent Art, its St James's Palace-winning son of Pivotal and first-season sire of this year, in a private deal

Pivotal's yearling average this autumn was 95,62gns, with a top price of 360,000gns given by Badgers Bloodstock for a colt out of Kitty Matcham. 

An Oasis Dream yearling half-brother to Nephrite was bought by John Ferguson Bloodstock for 170,000gns at Tattersall.

 

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