(Photo : Racehorse Trainer)
GOFFS ORBY SALE
County Kildare, Ireland
3-4 October 2012
The pre-eminence ofGalileo (Ire) at Goffs’ Orby Sale is well-established and the Coolmore giant stole the show late Thursday when his half-brother to Lahaleeb (Ire) (Redback) topped the latest renewal at a regal €800,000 ($1,041,067).
As the afternoon began to slip into evening, there was a sense of anticipation that few yearlings can generate as the May-foaled bay, consigned as hip 377 byTally-Ho Stud, strolled into the famed auction ring at Kill.
His unraced dam Flames (GB) (Blushing Flame), who descends from the family of Entrepreneur (GB), Virtual (GB) and Iceman (GB), has produced the listed winner Precocious Star (Ire) (Bold Fact) and, far more importantly, the 2009 G1 E. P.Taylor Stakes heroine Lahaleeb. A revelation for the Mick Channon stable, that performer had earlier annexed the G2 Rockfel Stakes and G3 Fred Darling Stakes and finished runner-up in the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas prior to her career-best win at 44-1 in the Woodbine feature, afterwhich she was sold for 1 million guineas at Tattersalls. Her half-sibling had all the looks and presence of a potential top-notcher despite his late foaling date and many of the attendant heavyweights were poised.
Up against the might of Demi O’Byrne, South African based Form Bloodstock’sJehan Malherbe held his own and duly won the psychological war as the colt crept past the €775,000 mark set by a daughter of Galileo’s own New Approach (Ire) on Wednesday. “We liked him a lot. For a May foal, he’s just a smashing colt and the mare has produced two good horses by lesser stallions and now she has a yearling by Galileo,” Malherbe explained. “Mike de Kock now has a base in Newmarket at Abington Place, which was bought by Mary Slack’sWilgerbosdrift Stud and that is where this horse will be trained.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News