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Nobel and Zebedee colts hold sway at Goffs

TRADE improved appreciably on the second day of the Goffs November Foal Sale on Tuesday, with €65,000 colts from the first crops of Zebedee and Alfred Nobel holding sway as the sale drew to a close.

On the corresponding day last year the top lot came in at €47,000 but this mark was surpassed on six occasions as the pinhooking fraternity busily stockpiled foals for next year's round of yearling sales.

Furthermore the final figures for the day finished well ahead of those from last year. The average of more than €2.2 million grew by 39 per cent. The average improved by 20 per cent to €13,078 and the median of €9,000 was also ahead of 2011.

Flying Childers Stakes winner Zebedee was well represented during the opening day and his progeny were again in demand, none more so than the €65,000 colt consigned by Catherinestown Stud on behalf of Mary Davison and Debbie Kitchin.

Ultimately it was Michael Carty, on behalf of Rathmoyle Exports, who signed for the grandson of Invincible Spirit.

He said: "He's a good colt by a very quick and high-class
two-year-old and his granddam [Prix de l'Opera winner Kinnaird] was a high-class racemare. He'll be back for resale as a yearling."

Another sought-after foal to come Carty's way was a son of Kodiac consigned by Whiteoak's who made €57,000. The half-brother to the former Horris Hill Stakes runner-up Pleasant Day will also be reoffered as a yearling.

The other joint session-topper was a son of Alfred Nobel, whose finest hour came when he landed the Phoenix Stakes for Aidan O'Brien. The Herbertstown House Stud-consigned colt, who is out of a half-sister to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun, was bought by Timmy Hyde.

Tally-Ho Stud, where both Kodiac and Zebedee reside, was busy looking to secure future talent and went to €57,000 for a Kodiac half-brother to the sprinter Mullionmileanhour.

Tally-Ho later spent €44,000 on a son of Zebedee from a family that goes back to Group 1-winning luminaries Pure Grain and Soviet Line. Another Tally-Ho purchase was a €40,000 colt by Bushranger.

There has been considerable interest this week in the progeny of former private stallion Big Bad Bob, whose current foals are his first conceived at the Irish National Stud.

The Irish National Stud resident was well represented by a colt from Springfort Park Stud who cost Paul McCarthy €50,000.
"He was probably the pick of today's foals. He'll be coming back next autumn," said McCarthy.

The €50,000 mark was also reached by a Lawman colt who will be reoffered next year by Oak Lodge Stud. The son of the leading sophomore stallion is out of a daughter of the top-class racemare Kartajana.

Another first-crop sire to supply one of the higher-priced lots was the Norfolk and Gimcrack Stakes scorer Approve. He was responsible for a colt from Oghill House Stud who was bought by Paul and Marie McCartan's Ballyphilip Stud for €40,000.




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