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MULLINS BAY : ONE OF THE FINEST PEDIGREES ANYWHERE
The racing world held its breath as the Tattersalls October sale approached last week, but it needn’t have done so. Instead, fans of our sport gasped at the game’s ongoing attraction to the high-rollers, as the numbers emerging from the auction held their own with last year. Deservedly, two of the top horses in the sale were the progeny Europe’s standout stallions, Galileo and Pivotal, both of them making 650,000gns. The latter of the two fell to the bid of Sheikh Hamdan’s Angus Gold, after a protracted duel with one-time worldwide manager of Sheikh Maktoums Gainsborough Stud, Michael Goodbody. These two men were the initiating catalysts in the now twenty year old association of the Maktoum family with Summerhill, and it’s a tribute to their skills and longevity as relevant horseman that they should’ve remained central to the drama which unfolded at Park Paddocks this past week.
The third top lot of the second day will have warmed the hearts of those associated with the Summerhill stallion, Mullins Bay, and in particular those breeders who’ve seen the light. Sire of one of the best first crop foals we’ve seen at Summerhill, Mullins Bay’s family was twice up in lights in the top ten, with Coolmore buying the Montjeu colt out of the remarkable mare Colorspin, no doubt as a prospective stallion for their already dazzling line-up, while yet another, a Dubawi filly out of a sister to Mullins Bay, made 460,000gns to the bid of John Ferguson, acting for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.
As a descendant of one of the most successful families in European history, if for no other reason than the fact that he sports one of the finest pedigrees anywhere, the daughters of Mullins Bay are bound to be in big demand when they eventually get back to the paddocks themselves.