Kodiac filly takes centre stage at Goffs foal sale

The Kodiac filly bought by Tally-Ho Stud for €105,000

PICTURE: Peter Mooney/Goffs Kodiac filly takes centre stage at Goffs foal sale
By Aisling Crowe 9:28PM 15 NOV 2016

COLTS are usually most in demand at the foal sales but that logic was turned on its head as the November Sale continued at Goffs on Tuesday.

During the opening two days, vendors found the market for fillies hard going but in the third session it was fillies who were in demand, accounting for three of the top five lots as night fell, including the first foal to make a six-figure price this week.

The most expensive lot was a daughter of Kodiac bought by the sire’s owner Tally-Ho Stud for €105,000. She is a half-sister to the Listed-winning Sir Percy filly Newsletter, out of the Anabaa mare Payphone. The dam is a half-sister to Group 1-placed Conference Call and their dam is related to the legendary Danehill.

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Kodiac was also the sire of the most expensive colt of the day, who provoked a spirited bidding war between Tally-Ho, Jim McCartan and Ruairi O’Coileain of Ennistown Stud for the well-related sprinter.

It was O’Coileain who won the day, landing the bay colt with a bid of €70,000. He is the third foal of his dam, a winning Sri Pekan half-sister to the consistent sprinter Snaefell.

“I like the foal, he is a nice colt and a late-born one too,” said O’Coileain. “He comes from a fast family and I hope he can improve with age.”

The first foal by Kodiac to go under the hammer this week lit up the ring in the morning when she strutted into the auditorium. Just the third lot of the session, she was knocked down to Gay O’Callaghan of Yeomanstown Stud for €58,000.

Teofilo filly flies the flag

A daughter of Teofilo provided another headline act, with the first foal by the Darley big-hitter to be sold this week – and the only offspring of the champion two- year-old offered yesterday – sparking a bidding war when entering the ring.

In the end it was David Powell who prevailed at €70,000 for the granddaughter of CL Weld Park Stakes winner and Del Mar Oaks second Theoretically, a relation to Mill Reef Stakes scorer Moohaajim.

“We will probably put her back through the ring next year, maybe in Tattersalls,” said Powell. “We saw her yesterday and really liked her. She looked a quality filly and the dam has two Cape Cross colts to run yet. Dubai Destination is the broodmare sire and that’s an advantage too.”

Good result for Alhebayeb

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Alhebayeb, a son of Yeomanstown's sensational sire Dark Angel, has been on fire this week with foals from his first crop selling like hot cakes but the last one offered today stepped up another gear, selling for €60,000 to make him the most expensive foal to date by the Tara Stud resident.

The colt was consigned by Rathbarry Stud and comes from the brilliant family of Soluce, Splice, Soar and Feet So Fast.

Ballyhimikin Stud signed for the colt and he will be offered for resale as a yearling.

Howson and Houldsworth busy

Zoffany was another stallion to have his first representatives of the week sell yesterday and they went down a storm with bidders.

Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock went to €60,000 to secure a filly out of the Dutch Art mare Meeting In Paris, a daughter of Queen Mary Stakes second Sharplaw Star.

Howson and Houldsworth also bought the first foal by No Nay Never to be offered for sale at Goffs. The colt was not unlike his sire – a real powerball. Out of the Montjeu mare Corking, he cost €52,000

Zoffany gets Conroy's seal of approval

Flash Conroy is not unfamiliar with the merits of Zoffany and he bought the most expensive colt by the Coolmore sensation this week, paying €42,000 for a colt from the family of Falbrav.

“I liked the foal, he’s a nice horse and the plan is to resell him,” Conroy said. “Zoffany is a stallion I like a lot and he has been very lucky for me.

“I bought two Royal Ascot winners by him – Washington DC and Waterloo Bridge – as foals and sold those on. I think very highly of Zoffany and I think he’s a stallion that is only going to get better.”

Derby winners have their day

It wasn't all about speed however, and a pair of Derby-winning sires also had sons make a good impression in the ring, as foals by Camelot and Ruler Of The World grabbed bidders' attentions.

A son of Camelot out of a daughter of the brilliant sprinter Lochangel, herself a half-sister to superstar Lochsong, was knocked down to Goodwill Bloodstock for €45,000 but he was outshone by a foal from the first crop of Ruler Of The World.

The colt was one of the last foals into the ring on Tuesday night but he was worth the wait for buyers seeking middle-distance class.

He represented the Galileo-Danehill cross that has been stunningly successful over the years as his dam is a daughter of Danehill Dancer out of a full sister to Mukaddamah. She is also a half-sister to the dam of Questing, 2012's champion three-year-old filly in the US.

Ger Hourigan of Whitehall Stud was the man who came away with the fine walking son of Ruler Of The World.

"He's a particularly nice colt by a Derby-winning son of Galileo – you can't get any better than that," said Hourigan of the colt, who will return to the ring as a yearling.

Figures down but not as dramatically

Trade improved steadily for the third day in succession and the clearance rate rose slightly again on Tuesday, to 68 per cent.

The fall off in the figures was also less drastic than the previous two days as the aggregate dropped 17 per cent to €2,928, 300 from last year's total of €3,528,072.

The average price of €18,534 was down by nine per cent on 2015 while the median dipped by six per cent from €15,957 last year to €15,000.

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