Dawn Approach the best of new sires at Goffs UK

Dawn Approach (left): was a four-time Group 1 winner on the track

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Dawn Approach makes impression at Doncaster
By Martin Stevens 2:42PM 27 AUG 2016

DAWN APPROACH returned the best average price of all new sires with more than one lot sold at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster this week.

The four-time Group 1 winner had two sons on offer – a half-brother to Listed winner Earl Of Leitrim knocked down to John and Jake Warren for £110,000 and a colt out of a winning daughter of Invincible Spirit and Group 1-placed Littlefeather sold to Oliver St Lawrence for £58,000.

The Warrens' purchase represented a decent return on Dawn Approach's €35,000 covering fee, although the other colt had already been knocked down for €70,000 as a foal at Goffs last year.

Fellow new sires Farhh, Camelot and Intello each had just one lot go through the ring at Doncaster but all sold for handsome sums.

A half-brother to Listed winner Danehill Destiny by Lockinge and Champion Stakes hero Farhh was sold to Jill Lamb for £170,000 – a large multiple of his introductory fee of £17,500 and even better when set against his 2016 price of £8,000.

Farhh also delivered a respectable foal average of 44,089gns last year, suggesting that although he won't have numbers on his side – he covered 81 mares in his first season – he could be a name to follow with his first two-year-olds next year.

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Triple Classic winner Camelot's sole representative was a colt out of a closely related sister to high-class pair Iceman and Virtual who was sold to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for £70,000, a good advance on the €50,000 he cost Whatton Manor Stud at the Goffs November Foal Sale.

Camelot – who has stood at a €25,000 fee in his first three years at Coolmore – was seen in an even better light at the Arqana August Yearling Sale, where his 18 yearlings sold for an average of €150,556 and median of €125,000.

Intello's one lot at Goffs UK was a colt closely related to Group 3 scorer Gatewood and was signed for by Empire International Bloodstock at £55,000, which allowed for decent profit on the covering fee of £25,000.

Havana Gold had the best average of the more typical Doncaster stallions with larger drafts at the Premier sale. The Prix Jean Prat winner – who stands at £8,500 – had seven out of eight sell for an average of £49,571 and median of £36,000, with a high of £160,000 paid by Shadwell for a son out of the Alhaarth mare Roslea Lady. That colt had evidently improved throughout the year, as he was a 28,000gns vendor buyback as a foal at Tattersalls last November.

Swiss Spirit was not far behind, with a £45,800 Premier sale average and actually a better median price than Havana Gold, at £40,000.

Ten of the 12 Swiss Spirits on offer changed hands with four selling for in excess of £50,000, headed by a half-brother to Listed-winning sprinter Silver Rainbow hammered down to Shadwell for £110,000. Silver Rainbow's exploits this year contributed to the improvement in the colt's value from €72,000 as a foal.

Swiss Spirit deserves credit for a generally good set of results at Doncaster, considering those yearlings were conceived at a fee of just £4,500.

Lethal Force, Epaulette and Society Rock had the largest drafts among the new sires at the Premier sale and returned average and median prices that stood up well considering the quantity on offer.

Stock by Lethal Force (first-year fee: £12,500), a dual Group 1 winner who comes from the in-vogue sire-line of Dark Angel and Acclamation, attracted an interesting array of buyers.

Eve Johnson-Houghton signed for the most expensive, a £102,000 son of five-time winner Red Sovereign who was pinhooked as a foal for just 32,000gns, while Highfield Farm took home a colt and a filly for £74,000 and £42,000. Bryan Smart, Peter and Ross Doyle and Ger Lyons also bought lots by him.

Epaulette, a half-brother to this season's promising freshman sire Helmet who stood at just €7,500 in his first year, attracted many admiring comments throughout the week with his most expensive offspring, a relation to Bushranger, sold to Shadwell for £70,000 and providing a good pinhooking result having been bought for 26,000gns as a foal.

Late dual Group 1-winning sprinter Society Rock – introduced to breeders at an €8,000 fee – was showcased at Doncaster by a half-brother to Group 3-placed juvenile Faithful Creek sold to Peter and Ross Doyle for £67,000, while Shadwell struck at £62,000 for a half-brother to Group 3 winner Euphrasia.

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