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Zebedee wins the Flying Childers at Doncaster 10.09 2010

Zebedee: Julie Wood signed for his €82,000 first-crop daughter

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Starring role for Zebedee at Goffs November

ONCE again first season sire Zebedee played a starring role at the Goffs November Foal Sale as the Invincible Spirit horse's former owner Julie Wood paid a session topping €82,000 for one of his daughters.

An excellent day's trade produced a strong set of figures with turnover for the day coming in at over €4.1m which was up 18 percent on last year's penultimate session. The average of €24,232 finished ahead by 31 percent while the €40,000 median represented a 40 percent improvement.

Mrs Wood has been a regular purchaser at this sale for the last number of years and of particular interest to her this year are the first foal to come under the hammer by Zebedee who carried her colours with distinction several seasons ago when his victories included the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Heading her spending yesterday was the €82,000 daughter of Zebedee from Collegelands Stud whose dam is a half-sister to the dual Group 3 scorer Redstone Dancer and the Stakes-winning Red Liason.

"We've looked at all the Zebedee foals over the last two days and I had bought two colts by him and wanted a filly so this was the one that we bought," said Mrs Wood.

"It's fantastic to see how well they have been received this week and he looks to have passed on some really good qualities to his progeny which is so nice to see," added the prominent owners.

Mrs Wood also spent €55,000 on a colt by the Tally-Ho Stud stallion while her other spending took in a €60,000 daughter of High Chaparral from Tinnakill House Stud whose dam is an own-sister to the Athasi Stakes winner Cool Clarity.

There were a flurry of big prices towards the end of the day as Yeomanstown Stud fought off Ciaran Conroy for an €80,000 son of Dark Angel offered by Jockey Hall Stud. In addition Mattock Equine forked out €68,000 for a colt from the first crop of the brilliant dual French Classic winner Loup de Vega.

Another leading owner to make her mark was Lady O'Reilly who went to €63,000 to secure a daughter of Verglas from Airlie Stud. The filly is out of a half-sister to the recent Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte runner-up Viztoria.

"Lady O'Reilly has been lucky before with the foals that she has bought and several of them have gone on to win at Stakes level," reported the owner's racing manager James Kelly. "She really liked this filly when she saw her this morning and also Verglas has developed into a successful broodmare stallion for Lady O'Reilly."

The pinhooking fraternity were once again out in force and Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud saw off all challengers for a €66,000 son of Bahamian Bounty belonging to John Doyle. A few minutes later this price was matched by Baroda & Colbinstown Studs for a son of Royal Applause offered by Swordlestown Stud. His dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group 2 winner Arabian Gleam.




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