Bahamian Bounty colt leads way at Goffs UK
Goffs UK: the two-day Premier Yearling Sale began on Tuesday
PICTURE: Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs UK Bahamian Bounty colt leads way at Goffs UK
By James Thomas at Doncaster 12:50PM 23 AUG 2016
THE front runner among the morning lots at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale was a colt from the last crop of Bahamian Bounty consigned by Redpender Stud, with Shadwell's Angus Gold going to £140,000 to secure the colt.
"He's a lovely horse, I thought he was one of the stars of the sale," said Gold. "We've had a bit of luck with the stallion, we've done alright with him over the years. We had Ouqba who appears under the second dam, we bought him in Doncaster, he was a very tough horse. Let's hope lightning can strike twice.
"We haven't decided about a trainer yet, although they all liked him. We'll get them all back and let Sheikh Hamdan look at them and then we'll decide about trainers."
The first foal out of the unraced Mount Nelson mare Avenbury was showing a healthy return on the 45,000gns Jim Murphy's Redpender Stud spent on acquiring the colt at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale last year.
"He's very like the sire. A great mover who took his work well," said Murphy. "He had a lovely shape to him as a foal, great length and power. And he's a well-bred horse – Ouqba was a very good horse. He's gone to a good home.
"We were worried about how the sale would work out after voting day [Brexit] but this is a great result. We're very pleased."
Gold also struck at £100,000 for a son of Exceed And Excel from Highclere Stud, the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to Dante Stakes winner Bonfire and Windsor Forest Stakes winner Joviality.
The six-figure mark was first breached when Michael O'Callaghan went to £100,000 for a Dandy Man colt consigned by Ballyhane Stud.
"I'm a big fan of the sire," said O'Callaghan. "De Boss Man, who won at the Curragh at the weekend, is a Dandy Man as was State Of Emergency, the best two-year-old I've trained. He won his first two races but was killed after. I loved this colt. We'll worry about owners when I get back."
The colt is a brother to Scarborough, a five-time winner, and out of the Sri Pekan mare Alchimie, a half-sister to Group 3-winning two-year-old Polar Bird.