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SeaThe Stars out of Affianced - November Foal Sale Goffs

The Sea The Stars sibling to Soldier Of Fortune goes through the ring

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Sea The Stars foals light up Goffs November

EXPECTATIONS were high as the first foals by the truly great Sea The Stars came under the hammer at the Goffs November Foal Sale on Thursday and they duly delivered on their star billing as three of them became the expensive foals ever to sell at Goffs with centre stage going to an €850,000 colt.

The sale topping colt, whose siblings include the Irish Derby winner Soldier Of Fortune, was one of three Sea The Stars foals offered by Jim Bolger's Redmondstown Stud who helped to light up proceedings and ensure that the three day sale easily surpassed last year's returns.

In addition Sea The Stars' three top priced foals became the most expensive foals on record at Kildare Paddocks as they readily surpassed the Ir500,000gns record set by a daughter of Golden Fleece in 1984.

At the end of the foal sale the three day auction had produced a turnover of over €14.4m which was an increase of 42 percent. The average of €29,079 represented a progression of 14 percent while the median of €16,000 improved on last year's €16,000 . The clearance rate for the sale also improved as it went from 68 to 76 percent.

John Clarke, bloodstock advisor to the Tsui family, who owned Sea The Stars, secured the sale topper after fighting of several different challengers.

Earlier Clarke had to settle for the role of underbidder on another of the stallion's offspring, this time a daughter of the English and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo who made €800,000.

"He had it all," reflected Clarke. "He had the physique, the walk and the pedigree. He looks like an athlete and it was an easy decision to make.

"After seeing what the other fillies made we knew that he was going to be in this sort of price range. He has been bought on behalf of Sunderland Holding."

The first Sea The Stars to come under the hammer was a daughter of Jim Bolger's English and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo. Sold by Michael Ryan's Al-Eile Stud, she was bought by John McCormack.

"I've bought her for an undisclosed client," said McCormack. "She's a filly with superb lineage and as a physical she matched that. You'd have to think that she will have every chance.

"She's a lovely, good walking filly by a great horse and the dam very nearly won the English, Irish and French 1000 Guineas in the space of three weeks."

The Redmondstown Stud draft also contained a filly whose siblings are headed by the English 1000 Guineas runners-up Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine. She too hit the €800,000 mark after falling to Native Khan's owner Ibrahim Araci.

Afterwards Mertoun Paddocks' Rob Spears remarked: "She's a foundation mare. She's a fantastic filly from an excellent family and over the last twelve months the good fillies and mares at the breeding stock sales having been coming in at a premium price range. €800,000 is a lot of money but we believe that she represents a sound investment".

Just two lots later Redmondstown supplied another daughter of Sea The Stars and she is out of a winning own-sister to Teofilo. Julie Wood, whose colours have been carried with such distinction by the likes of Strong Suit, signed for the filly at €300,000.

"We've been waiting a while for this day,"remarked Mrs Wood. "This filly, like the other Sea The Stars foals today, came from good, well connected families and it was quite special when these foals were coming into the ring as you could feel the atmosphere around the ring."






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