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."

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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.

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