Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger

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County Kildare, Ireland

3-4 October 2012

The Goffs Orby Sale got off to a strong start Wednesday in Kildare, with healthy increases across the board. A total of 152 yearlings sold for €13,553,500, compared to 175 grossing €10,686,00 in 2011. The average of €89,168 was up by 46% on last year, while the median of €55,000 rose by 31% and the clearance rate was 84%.

The only one happier than sales officials may have been Jim Bolger, who enjoyed a day of days Wednesday when selling three of the leading seven lots, including the €775,000 (US$1,000,186) topper. While Teofilo (Ire) put the maestroof Coolcullen firmly back on the map with his champion-making juvenile exploits six years ago, Bolger came to kill that fall to pay €430,000 for a chestnut he was to name New Approach (Ire) and therest is history.

Yesterday’s opening session at the flagship auction saw the story come full circle, as his Redmondstown Stud was on the other side of the fence as vendor, and fittingly, it was a daughter of New Approach who led the way. A full-sister to this year’s top-ranked 2-year-old Dawn Approach (Ire), who remains unbeaten through two stern tests in the G1 Vincent O’Brien Stakes and G2 Coventry Stakes, the May-foaled bay entered the ring as hip 12 with a weight of expectation on her shoulders and she did not disappoint. After a frantic round of bidding involving Kirsten Rausing, Peter Doyle had the final say before revealing that she is to join her full-sibling at Coolcullen. “I’ve bought her for a group of people who were looking for a potentially top-class filly,” Doyle said. “She fit the bill and she will be going into training with Jim Bolger.”


Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News