Oratorio colt tops day three at Goffs foal sale
A STANDOUT Oratorio colt from Peter Nolan's Jamestown Consignment was the star attraction at the Goffs November Foal Saleyesterday when selling to Pier House Stud for €90,000.
The son of the Irish Champion Stakes winner was one of the last lots into the ring. However, this did not detract from his position as the most sought-after foal of the day and it was Pier House who bought the son of Janette Parkes, a half-sister to the smart Summerhill Parkes and the Moyglare Stakes third My Melody Parkes.
The main pinhookers were all of the opinion that the better foals were hard to buy but, as expected, the overall trade was operating on a different plain to previous years. The turnover of almost €1.5m finished well below last year's near €3.2m, the average of €20,170 fell to €12,522 and the median went from €15,500 to €8,000. Of the 213 foals offered 118 were sold producing the best clearance rate of the week at 55 per cent.
Darley steps up to the mark
A daughter of the English 2000 Guineas hero and multiple Group 1 winner Refuse To Bend held sway for some time after she was snapped up by Darley for €60,000.
From Knockananig Stud, the granddaughter of Sadler's Wells is a half-sister to three winners from as many runners out of the Nashwan mare Colourful Cast whose progeny to date are headed by the talented American-based Stakes winner Golden Balls.
"She's been bought for John Ferguson," reported Joe Osborne. "We're going to take her back to Blackhall Stud to join the team. She's a lovely filly with a good pedigree from a good farm and we're encouraged by the start that the sire has made to his stud career."
Aussie Ruled for most of the day
For much of the day the pace was set by a colt from the first crop of the dual Group 1 scorer Aussie Rules who came the way of Bobby O'Ryan at €58,000. The Churchtown House Stud-consigned colt is out of River Grand (Grand Lodge) comes from a family that contains several high-class Italian runners.
"He's been bought for Rob Lloyd and he will probably be offered for resale next autumn," commented O'Ryan. "He's a smashing foal by a very good racehorse and I thought that there was plenty to like about him. There's a few horses to run for the family too over the next year. Rob has had a good autumn with his horses. He's had about eight winnersthis autumn and some nice ones coming through."
From little Acorns, expensive foals come
Just prior to this Powerstown Stud signed for a €54,000 Kyllachy colt from Acorn Stud whosedam Present is a half-sister to the talented Group 2-winning sprinter Daneurst.
Bahamian Bounty colt makes €50,000
These prices were closely followed by a son of Bahamian Bounty offeredfrom Kildaragh Stud who cost Jimmy Murphy €50,000. His dam is a half-sister to an Italian champion in Marotta, who struck gold at the highest level in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary.
"He's out of a half-sister to a Group 1 winner so he's got a pretty strong pedigree," stated the Repdender Stud man. "I was pleased to get him he's a good foal and a nice forward type. He made a good price but everyone is on these good foals and it's hard to buy them."
McKeever takes home a colt by Ivan Denisovich
A son of the first crop sire Ivan Denisovich from Abbeville & Meadowcourt Studs attracted plenty of interest before eventually falling to Johnny McKeever for €41,000. He is out of a half-sister to the Listed-winning Maycocks Bay and boasted a good update to his pedigree as the latter is now the dam of a highly promising juvenile in Sariska.
"He's been bought for an English client and will be prepared for resale next autumn," commented McKeever. "There's a good update in the pedigree but this foal is a very good individual and that's more important than anything else in this market."
High Chaparral colt goes to Yeomanstown
Just minutes later Gay O'Callaghan's Yeomanstown Stud struck for a €40,000 High Chaparral colt whose siblings are headed by the hugely popular Blythe Knight whose distinguished career has taken in notable victories in the Lincoln and two runnings of the Diomed Stakes at Epsom.
Foley supports Diamond Green
Ballyhane Stud man Joe Foley who stands the French Guineas runner-up Diamond Green forked out €33,000 for a son of the stallion belonging to Audrey Stynes and earlier in the day Ger Hourigan spent €31,000 on an Oratorio filly offered from Seskin Stud. She is out of a winning half-sister to the Listed scorer Khibrah.
"She's a smashing filly by a top drawer racehorse who must have every chance of making his mark with his first runners next year. You'llsee her back for resale next autumn," stated Hourigan.