Dandy Man filly tops first day of Sportsman’s

The Dandy Man filly with Mary Davison of Catherinestown Stud Farm

PICTURE: Peter Mooney Dandy Man filly tops first day of Sportsman's Sale
By Aisling Crowe at Goffs 9:25PM 29 SEP 2016

THE first day of the Goffs Sportsman's Sale on Thursday was a low-key affair and it took a long time for a soprano to emerge and hit the higher keys. The opening session of the newly-expanded sale did not breach the six-figure barrier and was two-thirds of the way through before it found a leading lady.

Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud purchased a daughter of his stallion Dandy Man, for €90,000. The filly is the first foal out of a placed-daughter of Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Rosinka.

"I have enormous belief in the sire who is on a major upward curve at the moment and selling very well. This filly is a beautiful example of what Dandy Man can do," Foley said.

"She is absolutely gorgeous, one of the nicest fillies here and I am delighted to get her. She is from a great breeder in Mary Davison who has bred some good horses.

"I've bought her for Clipper Logistics and we will take her back to Ballyhane where Jane will do the breaking and pre-training and then Steve will decide who will train her."

The third dam is Last Drama, a sister to Tycoon's Drama, and the dam of Grade 1 performers King's Drama and Self Feeder. It is also the family of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Nightime and Zhukova, who won the Group 3 Enterprise Stakes on Irish Champions' Weekend.

Sire in demand

It didn't take long for the bidders to get excited on Thursday morning with a gorgeous son of Zoffany forcing the judges to reach for their wallets.

The colt was just the seventh yearling to take a turn around the sales ring but the second foal out of the unraced Raven's Pass mare Diminish created a stir with bids coming from several people. In the end it was Bahen Bloodstock who emerged with the spoils, the wallet €80,000 lighter.

"He was the standout in this sale," said Hanshen Thom, representing Justin Bahen. "We tried and failed to buy some horses in the Orby Sale so it is fantastic to get him. He has been bought for a group of English owners but he will remain in Ireland to be trained by James Nash."

Diminish is a half-sister to Rahiyah, who was third in the Group One Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, and they are granddaughters of Golden Opinion, champion European three-year-old filly in 1989. It is also the family of Optimistic Lass, Shaweel and Samitar.

Zoffany's daughters were in demand early in the proceedings with Ross Doyle going to €70,000 to secure a filly out of the winning Teofilo mare Ihtiraam, who will be trained by Richard Hannon.

The filly is the second foal out of the mare whose dam, Park Romance, was also a winner at two and was consigned by Church View Stables.

She comes from a family laden with black-type as her granddam is a half-sister to the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Winchester and to the dam of Star Of Seville, who was successful in last year's Group One Prix de Diane Longines for John Gosden and her owner-breeder Lady Bamford.

That early winning knack and previous success with Zoffany were two of the most important attributes she had, according to Doyle.

"She is a nice filly and obviously we bought Illuminate a couple of years' ago by Zoffany who was a good filly and this one is quite similar to her. The Zoffany – Teofilo cross from the Galileo line is a good one."

Doyle had earlier bought a son of Showcasing for €62,000 consigned by Baroda and Colbinstown Studs. His new trainer Richard Hannon is very familiar with the family as his dam First Term was in the care of the Hannons for her brief racing career.

"Richard trained the dam and he thought a lot of her, that she was a Royal Ascot filly but she injured her pelvis and that ended her racing career. Acclamation is a nice influence on the dam's side for this colt and he is a good-looking horse," Doyle added.

Power popular once again

A son of Power delighted the afternoon bidders, with the good-looking colt out of a winning two-year-old fetching €60,000.

Danny Creighton of Salcey Forest Stud was the bidder with the deepest pockets vying for the colt who is closely related to a pair of winners including the Listed winning Cape Cross filly Field Day. Five of Naval Affair's seven offspring to race have won, which proved a huge attraction for buyers.

Creighton said: "He is a very nice, very powerful looking colt who appears quite racy. Most of his half-siblings are rated pretty highly too. He was one of the standout lots here today and he will go to England to be trained."

His page has more words printed in bold type than not with his second dam, Sailor's Mate, the source of copious black type winners.

The April foal traces his lineage back to one of Ballymacoll Stud's most illustrious families as his second dam is a half-sister to Grecian Sea, the dam of Hellenic who is the dam of multiple champion Islington.

Hellenic is also the dam of Islington's Group 1-winning brother Greek Dance and their half-brother by Danehill, Mountain High, who was also successful at the highest level.

Late flurry of action

As night drew in, sparks flew when a couple of late session lots warmed up the bidders.

First when a colt from the first-crop of Darley stallion Epaulette out of the winning producer Bronze was bought by Watkins Bloodstock for €60,000.

The April colt is a half-brother to two winners including the multiple listed-placed Abstraction.

He was followed into the ring by a cracking chestnut son of Foxwedge out of the winning two-year-old mare, Brocksby. Bobby O'Ryan, acting for Keith Dalgliesh, had been amongst the most active buyers all day paid €65,000 for the colt from the family of Norwegian Pride, Nordico and Nordic Flight.

O'Ryan said: "He's a lovely horse and the sire is doing well. It has been a good sale, hard to buy the nice horses. The good colts are making money and there is a good trade for fillies too."

Gordon Elliott will have a flat horse or two joining the Gigginstown Stud horses being reallocated from Willie Mullins yard and he struck late in the day at Goffs for a colt by Dandy Man.

Agent Aidan O'Ryan signed for the €65,000 colt out of the Mark Of Esteem mare Clytha, who is a half-brother to four winners and comes from the family of multiple Graded stakes winner and Grade 1 performer, Ventiquattrofogli.

The colt was consigned by Ballyhane Stud, who stand his sire, and it was a successful day for Joe Foley's County Carlow operation as Dandy Man joined Zoffany in having two of the top five most expensive yearlings sold on Thursday.

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