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The champion of the fillies' class, Goldford Stud's daughter of Shirocco


Wishfull brother tops DBS sale at £50,000

WISHFULL THINKING'S eight-month-old full-brother starred on
Doncaster’s final day of trading in 2011 at the December Sale
yesterday when selling for £50,000 to a man who knows the Alflora colt’spedigree well.

Agent Aiden Murphy, who bought Wishfull Thinking for 15,000gns as a foal eight years ago, saw off Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud to get the younger brother, offered by breeders Robin and Scarlett Knipe of Cobhall Court Stud.

“He was a ringer for Wishfull Thinking as a foal,” said Murphy. “It’s not very often you get the chance to get a full-sibling to such a highly rated Grade 1 winner at public auction and he has been bought for a partnership with a view to reselling him as a three-year-old. His price was about what I expected.”

Murphy also paid £30,000 for a Shirocco half-brother to Michael Hourigan’s promising novice hurdler Best Served Cold sold by breeder Bob Russell’s Blythe Park Stud from Trickledown Stud. He is another set to be reoffered as a three-year-old.

A Goldford Stud-bred Shirocco daughter of Grade 2-placed Theatre Girl, who had won the morning fillies’ show class, made £35,000 by the time Elwyn Williams, acting for Richard Haggas, saw off Frannie Woods of Rathbarry Stud.

Haggas knows the familybetter than most, having won Aintree’s champion bumper with Theatre Girl’s half-sister Diamond Sal, and bought the foal’s year-older Presenting half-brother for €55,000 at Fairyhouse last year.

“I’ve followed the family all the way through as I have horses at
Goldford Stud,” said Williams. The filly is set to return to the
Cheshire nursery to join Haggas’s other young stock.

Early on, a Kayf Tara colt out of the high-class Celtic Native,
offered from Richard Kent’s Mickley Stud, made £34,000 after pinhooker Robert Allcock saw off trainer Gerald Bailey.

“I was at Richard’s place on Thursday and loved him, he’s gorgeous and my type of horse,” said Allcock, who is better known for his involvement on the Flat. “I don’t normally buy National Hunt foals but this fellow had the pedigree to go with his looks and he’ll be wrapped up before being resold as a three-year-old.”




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470