Goffs Kildare Paddocks may have been enshrouded in fog, but the Frankel (GB) filly out of dual Classic heroine Finsceal Beo (by Mr. Greeley) shone like the star she's bred to be when becoming the most expensive foal to sell in Ireland with a €1.8 million price tag on her head at the Goffs November Foal Sale.
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GOFFS NOVEMBER FOAL SALE
15 - 17 November 2011
The progeny of Sea the Stars (Ire) got the first-crop sire off to the dream start widely expected yesterday as the concluding session of the Goffs November Foal Sale saw his five foals to be offered sell for a total of €2.86million for an average of €572,000.
Topping the quintet was hip 734, the impeccably bred colt out of Jim Bolger’s accomplished broodmare Affianced (Ire) (Erins Isle). She is already responsible for Ballydoyle’s high-class middle-distance performer Soldier of Fortune (Ire) (Galileo), who captured the 2007 G1 Irish Derby and the following year’s G1 Coronation Cup and now stands at Haras du Logis Saint Germain; and Group 3 winner Heliostatic (Ire) (Galileo), who has sired a group winner of his own from his first crop in Crius (Ire).
Bolger’s Redmondstown Stud sold three of the top four by the sensational Christopher Tsui homebred, and this particular blueblood will race in the yellow and blue silks made famous by his sire after John Clarke prevailed with a record-setting bid of €850,000.
First into the fray for the Sea the Stars brigade was his eagerly awaited first offering out of the MG1SW Finsceal Beo (Ire) (Mr. Greeley). Consigned by Michael Ryan’sAl-Eile Stud as hip 581, the chestnut filly is the second foal out of Europe’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2006 who also registered a Classic double in the following year’s G1 English and Irish 1000 Guineas and split those efforts with a narrow miss in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. Auctioneer Henry Beeby asked for an opening bid of €500,000 before the action began at €100,000. However, the volleys lasted less than five minutes, and it was bloodstock agent John McCormack - acting on behalf of an undisclosed client - who outlasted Clarke to prevail. “She’s a filly with absolutely superb lineage and as a physical specimen she matched that,” said McCormack. “You’d have to think that she will have every chance. She’s a lovely, good-walking filly by a great horse and don’t forget that the dam very nearly won the English, Irish and French 1000 Guineas in the space of three weeks.”
The second of the Sea the Stars to sell for €800,000 was Redmondstown Stud’s hip 685, a bay daughter of Scribonia (Ire) (Danehill), who was secured by Mertoun Paddocks. A half-sister to a pair of daughters of Galileo who have placed in the 1000 Guineas in Cuis Ghaire (Ire) and Gile Na Greine (Ire), she also has the classy Indian Ridge (Ire) distaffers Luminata (Ire) and Aretha (Ire) close up. Mertoun’sRob Spears did the bidding on behalf of Ibrahim Araci, owner of the Classic-placed Native Khan (Fr) (Azamour). “She’s a foundation mare,” Speers offered. “She’s a fantastic filly from an excellent family, and over the last 12 months the good fillies and mares at the breeding stock sales have been coming in at a premium price range. €800,000 is a lot of money, but we believe that she represents a sound investment.”
Moments later, the Redmondstown’s hip 687 continued the irresistible momentum for the stallion when selling to Julie Wood for €300,000. Out of a winning full sister to Teofilo (Ire) - who was also prominent on Thursday’s results sheet - the purchase of the March foal was the end part of the masterplan. “We’ve been waiting a while for this day,” Wood explained. “This filly, like the other ones today, came from good, well-connected families, and it was quite special when these foals were coming into the ring, as you could feel the atmosphere around the ring. I bought an Exceed and Excel colt for €90,000 here Wednesday, and I do tend to buy a few foals every year. In fact, half of the 2-year-olds I had this year were bought as foals.”
Earlier, the lowest-priced of the Sea the Stars quintet became the first colt at the sale to break through the six-figure barrier. Hip 601, a March-foaled bay from Bill Dwan’sCastlebridge Consignment, is out of 2003 Listed Blue Wind Stakes victress Humilis (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) from the family of Balanchine and was hammered down to Blandford Bloodstock’s Richard Brown for €110,000.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News