The aggregate improved from 22% to just under €19m with the €106,050 average growing by the same percentage. The €72,000 median improved by some 38%, though the clearance rate for the day dropped from 90% to 86%.
— Goffs Ireland

30 September 2014 - 1 October 2014

A regally bred son of Galileo hailing from an outstanding family that has served Jim Bolger so well in recent years was the star turn on the opening day of the Goffs Orby Sale when falling to MV Magnier for €1.5m. 

On a day which was characterised by strong growth at the head of the market - as evidenced by the number of lots to make at least €300,000, improving from five to eleven – the aggregate improved from 22% to just under €19m. The €106,050 average grew by the same percentage, while the €72,000 median improved by some 38%, though the clearance rate for the day did drop from 90% to 86%. 

The outstanding Galileo colt (Lot 19), who headed the day's trade, hailed from Jim Bolger's Redmondstown Stud and, as an impressive representative from an especially distinguished Bolger family, he was widely expected to continue his trainer's rich association with this sales ring and he did not disappoint. Auctioneer Henry Beeby asked for an opening bid of €1m and, while he had to go appreciably lower to get the exchanges underway, it was not long before the seven figure barrier was looming large.

At this stage several parties were still involved in the battle for the colt, but it was Magnier who eventually carried the day when he brought the price to €1.5m, which was good enough to see off agent Mick Flanagan, who had first got involved at the €600,000 mark.

The colt boasted one of the strongest pedigrees in the sale, as he is out of the Danehill mare Scribonia, whose four previous matings with Galileo have produced the Gr.3 Albany Stakes heroine and Gr.1 1,000 Guineas-second Cuis Ghaire, the Gr.1 Coronation Stakes runner-up Gile Na Greine, the Gr.3 Meld Stakes heroine and Gr.1 Moyglare Stakes runner-up Scintillula and the dual Gr.3-placed Claiomh Solais.

Extract from European Bloodstock News