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First-season sires to the fore on day two at Goffs

AS expected, trade stepped up a gear at the Goffs November Foal Sale as a clutch of first-season-sired foals dominatedproceedings with a €58,000 son of Byron taking centre stage after being knocked down to Peter Doyle.

However, it was once again tough going for the majority of foals yesterday and, now more than ever, buyers are mindful of the market in which they will be selling next autumn. The better individuals certainly sparked plenty of competition amongst pinhookers and none more so than the aforementioned colt whose sire struck twice at Group 2 level. The Ballinacurra Stud offering isout of Topiary, a winning half-sister to the classy French filly Top Toss.

 "He has been bought for a client to be reoffered as a yearling next autumn," commented Doyle. "He's a good-looking foal by a good son of Green Desert who seems to have the magic touch with his sire sons."

Of the 216 horses offered 84 were sold at a less-than-impressive clearance rate of 39 per cent, which was though an improvement on the first day's rate, and in light of how much has changed since last year’s sale, the figures did give some cause for cause for encouragement. The turnover fell from €1.2m to just under €800,000, a fall of 33 per cent, the median dropped from€7,000 to €5,000 while the average of €9,446 fell by 10 per cent from €10,493 last year.

Flash nabs colts by Ad Valorem and Ivan Denisovich
Ad Valorem, who retired to stud with two victories at the highest level to his name, supplied a colt from his first crop that drew the attentions of Flash Conroy who bought him for €47,000. From Lewinstown Farm, he is out of Palatine Dancer, a half-sister to the stakes-winning Wixoe Express.

"His sire was a good horse who was one of the top two-year-olds of his generation and won a Middle Park," remarked Conroy. "I thought that this colt was a terrific mover, he was a striking sort."

The Glenvale man also picked up one of the first representatives of the July Stakes scorer Ivan Denisovich for €35,000. The Taroka Stud-consigned colt is out of an unraced half-sister to the Listed-winning Savarin.

Cashman takes home a son of Iffraaj
Several minutes earlier, Liam Cashman spent €42,000 on a colt from the first crop of the July Cup runner-up Iffraaj. Another from Ballinacurra, he is out of Nilassiba, a half-sister to smart two-year-old in Kissing Lights.

 "He was one of the best here today and is a good sort by a high class horse. He'll be back for resale next autumn," stated Cashman.

Browne looks to Aussie
Willie Browne was once again to the fore when securing a popular colt from the first crop of Aidan O'Brien's French 2,000 Guineas hero Aussie Rules for €40,000. Out of EtDona Ferentes, he is a  relation to a trio of talented stakes-winning fillies and was sold by Cloncahir House Stud.

Murphy goes for Sleeping
Elsewhere, Jimmy Murphy spent €26,000 for a son of John Gosden's Challenge Stakes winner Sleeping Indian, who is also being represented by his first crop here this week.

 "I was delighted to get him. He's a really grand foal and a lovely, free mover," said Murphy. "I thought that there was a lot of Indian Ridge in him. We'll bring him back somewhere next year."

Diamond holds his own
Not to be outdoneby his contemporaries was the Ballyhane Stud resident Diamond Green who was responsible for a colt who was knocked down to Wessex Bloodstock for €24,000. He is out of a half-sister to the Concorde Stakes winner Psalm and hails from the further family of Henrythenavigator.




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