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Ogden digs deep for regally bred Galileo filly

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A GALILEO filly offered by Staffordstown picked up proceedings through a warm late afternoon at Goffs.

Although she did not get to the €500,000 that auctioneer Henry Beeby suggested she might, she did join the  €300,000 club, selling for exactly that amount to Sir Robert Ogden having opened at €100,000. She quickly sped up through the digits, Barry Simpson taking the winning bid while on the phone to Sir Robert.

"I don't need to tell you," said Simpson, "but she is a really good filly with an outstanding pedigree. I hope she can run as well as her pedigree suggests she should!"

Ogden is not a regular buyer of fillies, but that is not an intentional policy taken by the farm.

"We are not against buying fillies," he said, "especially if something pretty exceptional comes along. You don't see many pedigrees like this."

The filly is out of the winning Green Desert mare Altitude, a daughter of Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) third Alouette, a half-sister to the German champion mare Albanova and the Irish champion filly Alborada.

The filly's third dam is Alruccaba, dam of the Group 2 winner Last Second,  and grand-dam of Aussie Rules, Allegretto, Yesterday and the champion two-year-old filly, Quarter Moon.

DAY two of the Goffs Orby Yearling sale got off to a quick start with Shadwell securing a New Approach filly for €350,000. Her reign was nearly taken when, just three lots later, a filly by Arch sold for €340,000. Both fillies were bought by Angus Gold for Shadwell.

The first filly had benefited from a significant catalogue update being a half-sister to Hurricane Run's Group 3 Desmond Stakes winner Future Generation. Charlie Gordon-Watson was the underbidder, shaking his head at €350,000. She was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment and is from the family of Cassandra Go, which provided two of the top lots on day one.

The Arch filly is a sister to the Grade 1 winner Prince Arch, and a half-brother to the National Stakes (G1) winner Kingsfort. Brian Meehan, taking instructions on the phone and standing with Hugo Merry, was the underbidder, putting in a very late bid at €320,000. Gold immediately retorted with a bid of €340,000, which put the matter firmly to bed. She was sold by Airlie Stud.





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