1.4 million Dubawi colt lights up Goffs

The Dubawi colt out of Beauty Parlour who was bought by John Ferguson

PICTURE: Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs €1.4 million Dubawi colt steals the show at Goffs
By Martin Stevens AT GOFFS 9:38PM 28 SEP 2016

THE dispersal of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd yearlings at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale on Wednesday reached a dramatic climax when the showpiece lot, a Dubawi colt who is the first foal out of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour, sold to Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson after a protracted bidding duel with representatives of White Birch Farm, whose party included leading owner-breeder Joseph Allen.

Bidding crept up in €50,000 increments as the price passed €1 million but it was Ferguson who eventually had the last word at €1.4m.

"He's a lovely horse with a great pedigree – you know the rest," he said, as he rushed off to catch a plane.

White Birch Farm also dipped into the Wildenstein dispersal to spend €600,000 on Pavini, an unraced two-year-old Dubawi filly out of Group 2 winner Peinture Rare; 360,000 on a Dansili yearling filly out of Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Porlezza; and €300,000 on an unraced Dansili colt out of the Listed-placed Peintre Celebre mare Altamire.

Another filly in the draft who with impeccable credentials as a future broodmare was the Dansili half-sister to Beauty Parlour. She was sold to Peter Nolan on behalf of Geoff and Sandra Turnbull's Elwick Stud for €270,000.

The Wildenstein disperal yearlings – not including the horses in training – helped turnover at this year's Orby sale increase by three per cent to €39,925,000.

The average price improved by five per cent to €109,986 and the median rose by eight per cent to €67,000. The clearance rate dipped by two points year-on-year to 84 per cent.

Final statistics for the Wildenstein horses in training alone were: 41 offered, 40 sold for turnover of 3,113,000euros, an average of 78,325euros and median of 40,000euros.

The Wildenstein dispersal yearlings and horses in training combined sold for 5,859,000euros, an average of 102,789euros and median of 40,000euros.

Big payday for Bolger

Before the Wildenstein dispersal took centre stage, several loyal Goffs vendors achieved big prices in the preceding regular catalogue.

Jim Bolger, whose drafts have provided many memorable sale-ring scenes at Goffs in recent years, received €675,000 for a filly whose pedigree has the owner/breeder/trainer's fingerprints all over it.

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The filly is by Bolger's brilliant Derby winner New Approach out of the Danehill mare Scribonia, whose daughters by New Approach's sire Galileo, Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine, were both saddled by him to finish placed in the 1,000 Guineas.

Scribonia is also the dam of Listed winner The Major General, who Bolger sold for an Orby Sale-topping €1.5 million two years ago, and foals who sold in the same ring for €800,000 and €675,000.

Peter and Ross Doyle bought yesterday's New Approach filly and Ross reported: "She's for a partnership. She's a beautiful filly from a fantastic family. She'll make a lovely broodmare in time."
Goldrun filly goes east

A Shamardal filly out of another mare with a fine Orby cv, Alexander Goldrun, found herself in strong demand from international buyers when sent through the ring by her owners Mountarmstrong Stud.

The final stages of the bidding flew straight over auctioneer Nick Nugent's head – literally, not figuratively – as the protagonists positioned themselves on the balcony directly above the rostrum.

Justin Zayat of American Pharoah fame tried hard for the April-born filly, but the winning bid of €600,000 came from a representative of Japanese owner-breeder Koji Maeda, whose silks have been carried with credit this year by UAE Derby winner and Belmont Stakes third Lani.

Maeda's purchase – a half-sister to the Frankel filly who commanded €1.7m from the China Horse Club at last year's Orby sale, in training with Jim Bolger as Goldrush – will be shipped to Japan where she will race and be bred from in time.

American Pharoah team strikes

Zayat did manage to snare a number of lots for his family's Zayat Stables operation, including a €475,000 colt from the first crop of Declaration Of War out of the Listed-placed Sleeping Beauty, a daughter of Oasis Dream and the late Marguerite Weld's Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Nightime.

Sleeping Beauty was trained by Weld's son Dermot to finish third in the Listed Salsabil Stakes, and this filly – offered by the Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of the Weld family's Springbank Way Stud – is her first foal.

Nightime provided the highlight of last year's Goffs November Foal Sale when Godolphin's John Ferguson bought her Dubawi colt for €1.1m. Her filly by Fastnet Rock, Zhukova, won the Blue Wind Stakes and Enterprise Stakes this year and is among the favourites for next month's Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

"He's a great physical and it's a very good pedigree – Zhukova will run in a Group 1 shortly so we're hopeful of a nice update there," said Zayat. "We'll send him back to America, first to the McKathans in Ocala to be broken."

International spree

Enthusiastic international participation has been one of the themes of this year's Orby sale and South African Jehan Malherbe's Form Bloodstock was among the leading buyers by total expenditure, with 11 lots bought for €2,140,000.

They included a High Chaparral colt out of the winning Excellent Art mare Shy Bride, a half-sister to champion older miler Gold Away, bought from Barronstown Stud yesterday for €450,000.

Hong Kong's Little Kwok Hing Hung spent €535,000 on two lots to send to Ralph Beckett with an eye on sending them to race in Hong Kong later; the China Horse Club bought three lots for €680,000 including a Kodiac half-brother to Musidora Stakes second Lily Rules for €340,000; while Gatewood Bell signed for three worth €578,000, including a €400,000 Invincible Spirit filly who will join Wesley Ward.

O'Brien busy restocking

Another buyer who has been busy replenishing his stock at Goffs this week is young trainer Joseph O'Brien, fresh from his first Group 1 triumph during Irish Champions Weekend.

He has signed for six lots by sires owned by a variety of studs over the two days, headed by a €340,000 Lope De Vega half-brother to Italian Listed winners Black Mambazo and Diglett on Tuesday.

On Wednesday he also added colts by Iffraaj (cost €140,000), Red Jazz (€65,000) and Camelot (€55,000) to his string.

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