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Ogden pays €300k for Montjeu colt at Goffs

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JUST when it looked as though the €300,000 mark would not be approached on day one, a Glenvale Stud-consigned colt brought the sales ring to attention.

The colt was bought by an absent Sir Robert Ogden, the bidding being carried out by his racing manager Barry Simpson.

"We have been here three days looking at horses," said Simpson, "and this was the nicest Montjeu that we have seen. He is an attractive colt with a solid pedigree. Sir Robert was giving instructions over the telephone."

Simpson saw off a number of interested parties that included Roger Varian, Tom Goff and Charlie Gordon-Watson.

The colt is out of the young mare Mayano Sophia (Rock Of Gibraltar), a Listed winner who is out of the 1,000 Guineas winner Tarascon. She is yet to have a runner


WANTAGE-based trainer Paul Cole buys a filly by Verglas for €210,000, a half-sister to the former dual champion Pipalong (Pips Pride). 

"She's been bought for Prince Faisal Salman. She is a very nice filly, from a great family," said the trainer's son Oliver. "Shehas everything you want to see, a real balanced type, and has been bought as a prospective broodmare for the stud.

"She looks as though she should be an early type - a real one for the Queen Mary," he added. "She will eventually become a broodmare for the Prince's Denford Stud."

Sadly, Verglas died in an accident this May. This was his most expensive yearling to sell since 2008, and his third yearling to make over €200,000.

This yearling was conceived in 2009 - after Verglas's son Silver Frost's Group 1 juvenile success in the autumn of 2008.


STEPHEN HILLEN payed €205,000 for a son of Galileo consighned by Churchtown House Stud.

He is for Dr Hay and is the first horse I have bought for him," said Hillen. "I had two real picks of the sale and this was one of them - I am delighted to get him.

Under the thirddam are such names as Amfortas, Legend Maker, 1,000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters and Irish Derby runner-up Alexander Of Hales.

He was sold by Tom Gaffney's Churchtown House Stud, the mare bought by BBA Ireland for 64,000gns in 2006.


CHARLIE Gordon-Watson payed €200,000 for a son of Oasis Dream consigned by Rathbarry Stud.

Out of the Listed-placed In The Wings mare Hoovering, the colt has been bought for"an old client who has just started buying again", according to the agent.


A colt  by Duke Of Marmalade, whose first crop are yearlings, hit the early headlines when making €190,000, bought by Alex Cole on behalf of Dr Jim Hay.

The colt is  the highest-priced yearling sold by the sire to date and will certainly help boost Duke Of Marmalade's  average, which after the Arqana August Sale, the DBS Premier and the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale was running at just over 30,000gns.

The yearling was sold by Lynn Lodge Stud, which pinhooked him for €88,000. He will stay in Ireland to betrained by David Wachman.


Goffs got off to a swift and notable start when Hamdam al-Maktoum's  Shadwell Stud made its first European yearling purchase of the season.

Shadwell wentto €180,000 for a son of first-season sire Teofilo - who secured a black-type winner at the weekend courtesy of German Listed winner, Black Arrow - and is out of the  Group 2 Temple Stakes winner Cassandra Go. He is a half-brother to the dual Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven

Earlier, Darley's John Ferguson paid €170,000 for a bay filly by Shamardal consigned by Camas Park Stud.  "She is a lovely athletic filly, by a sire who has been in the headlines," said Ferguson. "I am delighted to have her. I have seen plenty of  nice horses here today."





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