Ferguson digs deep for sibling to Vale Of York

The Kodiac three-parts-brother to Vale Of York sold for 380,000gns

PICTURE: Laura Green/Tattersalls Ferguson digs deep for Vale Of York sibling By James Thomas at Tattersalls 8:37PM 11 OCT 2016

THERE was a sense of deja vu during day two of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket on Tuesday as Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson, fresh from parting with just under 14 million gns during Book 1, stepped into the action to snap up the top lot, a son of Kodiac at 380,000gns.

The February-born colt is out of the unraced Halling mare Red Vale and was offered by Michael McGill's Bellewstown Farm Stud.

Godolphin have already enjoyed considerable success with the progeny of Red Vale, having purchased Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vale Of York, a three-parts brother to the session-topper, from McGill in 2008.

"This is the best yearling we've ever had on the farm, without a shadow of doubt," said McGill. "We bought Red Vale as a yearling from the February Sale in Ireland. She's been a huge success for me and I have the family too. I only have four mares, including a Kalanisi half-sister to Vale Of York.

"The reason for going to Kodiac was it was the cheapest way that we could get a close relation to Vale Of York. He was the second Group 1 winner I sold to Godolphin, the first was Classic Cliche."

The success also brought back happy memories for McGill, who has found Park Paddocks a happy hunting ground in the past.

"This is the second time I've topped this sale," said McGill. "A good few years ago I sold an Alzao colt to Henry Cecil for 110,000gns."

Shadwell spend big again

Shadwell was responsible for the day's second-top lot, a February-born Kyllachy colt consigned by Kilminfoyle House Stud that fetched 270,000gns.

"Everybody sees these horses different," said Shadwell's Angus Gold. "But for me he was the single most athletic horse I've seen this week. He's a serious athlete and the mare's done well with not necessarily the most fashionable stallions in the world. We're just trying to buy horses that can win races and you have to go with what you believe.

"Kyllachy is a very solid stallion, although we've had no luck with him so far – hopefully this horse can change that. I believe he's going to be trained by Owen Burrows."

The colt is out of the Mind Games mare On The Brink, winner of the 2002 Hilary Needler Trophy for Tim Easterby, and is a half-brother to the Mick Easterby-trained Listed-winning sprinter Aetna. He was pinhooked by JC Bloodstock for 35,000gns from the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

Gold also signed for another of the the day's highlights, another son of Kyllachy, at 260,000gns. The colt was bred by Cheveley Park Stud and is out of Pious, which makes him a brother to dual Group 2 winner Penitent and Mill Reef Stakes scorer Supplicant.

"He's a brother to two good horses," said Gold. "A lot of the trainers liked the horse very much. Kevin Prendergast will train him."

Pious has now produced consecutive six-figure yearlings, after Dalton, a colt by Mayson, was knocked down to David Armstrong's Highfield Farm for £150,000 at last year's Goffs UK Premier Sale.

"We're predominantly breeding to race, whether they're colts or fillies," Cheveley Park Stud's managing director Chris Richardson commented. "We'd love to be training these but our policy is that we race the fillies and offer the colts. Pious is a wonderful mare, she's been a great servant and just doesn't show her years."

Roger Varian was among the underbidders.

Fastnet filly for Skiffington and Coolmore

The early frontrunner among the morning lots was a strong-looking Fastnet Rock filly that went the way of Amanda Skiffington and Coolmore's M V Magnier and Paul Shanahan for 240,000gns.

The March-born filly was consigned by Genesis Green Stud and is out of the Montjeu mare Madonna Dell'orto, a daughter of Sabria who also produced the French 1,000 Guineas winner Landseer, Listed winner Ikhtyar and the Listed-placed Maurice Utrillo.

"I thought she was a queen," said Skiffington. "I've found it really tough this week, especially for colts that look like two-year-old types."

The underbidder was Richard Brown from Blandford Bloodstock, stood with the owner of the filly's Andrew Balding-trained half-brother Viscount Barfield, David Brownlow.

"Andrew has done a brilliant job with Viscount Barfield," said Michael Swinburn of Genesis Green Stud. "He stays in training and Andrew told me this week that he thinks he has a chance of gaining black type.

"We have one other daughter of Sabria at home. She's got a good colt foal by Mastercraftsman and is in foal to Siyouni. I saw Fastnet Rock at Coolmore – he's a big, strong horse and I thought then that I had the perfect mare for him in that she's from a very good looking family that works with Danehill."

Average and median on par

At the end of trade 198 of the 258 lots on offer – 15 per cent fewer than last year – had sold, at a clearance rate of 77 per cent for an aggregate of 13,241,000gns – a 14 per cent drop on the 2016 figure – an average of 66,874gns and a median of 50,000gns, both of which were roughly the same as the previous year's returns.

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