Galileo (Ire) was a champion on the racetrack and is now one of Europe’s best young sires, can do no wrong, and Coolmore’s heir apparent to Sadler’s Wells was firmly in the spotlight again during yesterday’s final foal session of the Goffs November Sale. Hip 1248, a half-brother to the 2005 G3 Gallinule S. winner Im Spartacus (GB), created waves when selling to Kennycourt Stud for EUR 280,000 late in the day.
From the high-class family of El Gran Senor and Try My Best, the April-foaled colt from the draft of the Irish National Stud was the apple of Eugene McDermott’s eye, and the owner of the County Kildare operation was not to be denied. Galileo also provided the joint top-priced filly of the sale when M.V. Magnier paid EUR 240,000 for River Downs Stud’s hip 1154, a half-sister to the group-placed duo of Rabi (Ire) and Kawagino (Ire). “She’s a lovely filly,” Magnier said of the granddaughter of the 1983 G1 Prix Vermeille winner Sharaya. “She’s a really athletic, good-walking sort from a good pedigree and by an exceptional sire. She’ll be kept to race.”
Another Coolmore heavyweight, Montjeu (Ire), was responsible for the other star filly when Felipe Hinojosa’s Spanish operation Yeguada de Milagro matched that sum for hip 1227, a daughter of the 2005 G3 Prix Fille de l’Air heroine Antioquia (GB). She is a descendant of the excellent producer Riverqueen (Fr). Galileo’s dominance of the session was completed by BBA Ireland’s purchase of Barnane Stud’s hip 1190, a half-sister to the multiple group winner Tropical Lady (Ire) for EUR 190,000; and Paul Shanahan paying EUR 175,000 for Milltown House Stud’s colt consigned as hip 1064 . Of the former, BBA Ireland’s Eamon Reilly said, “I’ve bought her on behalf of a client to race and then breed from; she will not be coming up for resale. She’s a very good looking filly by a top sire and there was a lot to like about her. The half-sister was a very high-class filly.”
Hip 1064’s granddam is the 1986 G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte winner Grecian Urn (Ire), who also produced the Group 1-placed Dark Shell (Ire). The first crop by Oratorio (Ire) (Danehill) was born this year, and Timmy Hyde was a fan of Coolnahay Stud’s hip 1129 , a colt from the immediate family of a trio of smart Italian stakes performers. “He is a really good foal, probably as good a one as you’ll see all week,” Hyde said of his EUR 180,000 purchase. “He’s by an exceptionally tough and wonderful racehorse. We all know what Oratorio did, and he’s getting good-looking stock.”
Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “Over the last five days we have experienced every emotion possible in bloodstock terms, with some excellent highs and a few lows. Among the highs was the huge demand for commercial foals. The start of the week witnessed the reality of the lower end of the yearling market materialise, and many have felt the effects of overproduction hit home this week.”
GOFFS NOVEMBER FOALS
TOP 4 LOTS
Hip Sex Sire Dam Price( EUR)
1248 c Galileo (Ire) Captivating (Ire) 280,000
1154 f Galileo (Ire) Sharakawa (Ire) 240,000
1227 f Montjeu (Ire) Antioquia (GB) 240,000
1190 f Galileo (Ire) Tropical Lake (Ire) 190,000
By some extraordinary stroke of good fortune our enterprising clients Dr Barry Clements, Rodney Thorpe and Roger Zeeman, brought home a weanling son of Galileo from Australia in July. He goes before the judges on Wednesday as a National Sales entry and he’ll save you the journey to Sydney come April next year, when he’ll be one of the star attractions in the Summerhill draft. Galileo was the rising star in the Coolmore stallion firmament and was tipped with Montjeu as the successor to his astonishingly successful sire, Sadler’s Wells.
Extract from TDN 23/11/07