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New Approach (right): a foal by the Derby winner made €250,000

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Raven's Pass and Sea The Stars dominate trade

THIS YEAR'S  November Foal Sale contained just one foal from the second crop of Sea The Stars, and the Jockey Hall Stud offering continued his sires's commercial popularity when selling to Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff for €310,000.

Goff, who was standing with Paul Shanahan, Tommy Hyde and MV Magnier, saw off the attentions of John Clarke, manager to Sea The Stars' owners The Tsui family, for the colt who is related to a host of talented runners including the Group 3-winning duo of Grand Ducal and Azmeel.

"I think that he's one of the nicest foals that we've seen by the sire and he looks especially like his father. He's a terrific individual from an excellent family and the mare has an excellent record at stud," said  Goff.

John Ferguson saw off  Native Khan’s owner Ibrahim Arachi for a superbly bred colt by Raven's Pass from Des Leadon and Mariann Klay’s Swordlestown Little stud. Lot 788 looked the part on paper as a half-brother to last season’s Gr.2 Railway Stakes winner Lilbourne Lad and the former Group 3 Gallinule Stakes runner-up Bobbyscot.

Ferguson was back in action a few minutes later when paying €140,000 for a Teofilo colt consigned by The Cottage Stud. The grandson of Galileo (Lot 795) is the third foal produced by the Listed Knockaire Stakes winner Sugarhoneybaby.

Raven’s Pass was again to the fore when his son from The Castlebridge Consignment came the way of Dick O’Gorman at €130,000. The colt (Lot 839) is out of the Listed winner Cache Creek and he is a half-brother to potentially one of the most exciting prospects in Ireland for 2013 in Hudson’s Bay. The Jim Bolger-trained colt made a striking debut when finishing third in last month’s Star Appeal Stakes at Dundalk.

And a terrific day for Raven’s Pass continuesd with the sale of a colt from Airlie Stud out of the Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Chelsea Rose. Rick Barnes made a strong challenge for the colt but at €220,000 hehad to give best to Stephen Collins who was acting on behalf of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Lot 847 is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Hamlool while his two-year-old half-sister, Thawaany, was placed on her debut for Freddie Head at Deauville several weeks ago.

 Barnes, who had already bought a €180,000 daughter of Dansili, paid €125,000 for a filly from the first crop of Lope De Vega. Offered by Knockainey Stud, the granddaughter of Shamardal (Lot 793) is a half-sister to this season’s smart juvenile Starbright.

The only Dansili filly in the sale, Barnes' purchase  wasn't short of admirers. Barnes, whose horses this season include the Stakes-winning juveniles Seolan and Sugar Boy, was standing with the BBA Ireland's Adrian Nicholl when signing for the relation to the Group 1 scorer Zambezi Sun.

Another to reach the six figure mark was a daughter of Invincible Spirit from Cahermorris Stables who came to Happy Days Llc at €110,000. This filly (Lot 825) is a half-sister to the Group 3-winning juvenile Rabatash. 

Earlier, a daughter of New Approach leapt to prominence when making €250,000.

Lot 709 was consigned by Jim Bolger's Redmondstown Stud on behalf of a partnership and had notable appeal as a daughter of the highly successful first season sire.

In addition she is a daughter of the talented Kitty Kiernan who twice reached the frame at Group 3 level. This is also the family of the Group 1 winners Johan Cruyff and Spartacus. Buyer BBA Ireland's Eamon Reilly reported that he was acting on behalf of a new client who will retain the filly to race although no decision has yet been made on where she will go into training.

A colt  from the first crop of the English 2000 Guineas winner Makfi sold to Eddie O’Leary for €105,000. Another member of a popular draft of foals from Dermot Cantillon’s Tinnakill House Stud, the colt is out of the French Group 3 winner Mother Of Pear and he is a half-brother to the French Stakes winner Danehill's Pearl.

Another to make six figures was a son of Acclamation from JK  Thoroughbreds who was knocked down to Pier House Stud at €100,000. He will be offered for resale next year, is a half-brother to the Stakes-placed Italian runner Quissisana.

A  colt (Lot 843) from the first crop of the Prix Morny winner Arcano fell to Tom Goff for €140,000. He is out of the Listed-winning Cattiva Generosa.





Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882