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Antonius Pius colt tops Goffs Dundalk breeze

2009 73 60 42 70 459,000 10,920 9,000
2008 110 90 58 64 840,000 14,483 11,000

A €42,000 colt from the first crop of Antonius Pius held sway at the second staging of the Goffs Flat Breeze-Up Sale at Dundalk on Tuesday which was underpinned by a strong international presence and returned a highly respectable clearance rate of 70 per cent.

Although the returns from last year's larger catalogue proved to be out of reach, the proceedings at Dundalk left a number of vendors and Goffs expressing their satisfaction with proceedings. The average for the day came in at €10,920 as against €14,483 in 2008, a fall of 24 per cent, while the median fell by 22 per cent from €11,000 to €9,000. The aggregate fell by 45 per cent.

"We are more than satisfied by the trade that we have seen today," commented Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby. "In particular, we take our hat off to Irish Thoroughbred Marketing who brought a significant number of Italian buyers here and they along with strong Greek interest returned a decent level of trade."

"As we saw at Doncaster and at Kempton the breeze-up bonus has been a real factor. We feel that the first two renewals of this sale have laid the foundations for this sale to be a success. All we need are the horses and together with ITM we have shown that we can bring the buyers here."

Second time lucky
The sale topper, who was consigned by Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables, was making his second trip a breeze-up sale having being bought back at Kempton just over two months' ago. Following a very taking effort in his breeze he wasn't short on admirers and it was eventually owner Norman Steel who signed the ticket at €42,000. He is the first foal out of the smart French juvenile Vision Of Dreams and will go into training with Richard Fahey.

O'Ryan busy as usual
Bobby O'Ryan was earlier to the fore when going to €28,000 fora Royal Applause filly from Longacre Stud. She is a half-sister to two winners out of Serengeti Bride, a half-sister to the Scottish Classic winner Winter Romance.

"She's a nice type of filly whobreezed well and I've bought her for Pat Morris who will be training her on behalf of a new syndicate," said O'Ryan.

Another O'Ryan purchase was a €24,000 daughter of Noverre from Hillfield Stud who hails from a pedigreethat contains a host of high-class runners around the globe. She will be joining Wiltshire-based trainer Norma Twomey.

Bozzi buying for Italy
Undoubtedly the most prolific purchaser of the day was Italian agent Marco Bozzi who signed for nine lots in total. The pick of these was a €20,000 daughter of Kheleyf from Sherbourne Lodge whose dam is a half-sister to the dam of Mac Love.

"The breeze-up bonus has been a big attraction. Also in Italy at the moment there aren’t as many two-year-olds around as last year and our prize-money has also improved 25 per cent since last year,” he said.

"I bought five horses here last year. Three of them have won already and the breeze-up sales have been quite lucky for me over the last few years."

Wilson searches for another £10,000 bonus
Malton-based trainerNoel Wilson, whose Lady Lube Rye, became the first horse to land the £10,000 bonus for winning a maiden was busy in his search to claim a further share of the bonus fund and his spending took in a €20,000 son of Dubawi out of Nova Cyngi from Bansha House Stables. The colt is a grandson of the top class Northern Trick.

Among the Irish trainers to make their presence felt was Shane Donohoe who forked out €21,000 for a Halling filly from Church View Stables. She is a daughter of the May Hill Stakes third Gretel.




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