Molan family on a high after success at Goffs

Tom Molan of Riversfield Stud which sold a brother to Harbour Watch

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Molan family on a high after success at Goffs
By Martin Stevens 2:50PM 28 SEP 2016

EXTENDED friends and family of the father-and-son team of Tom and Shane Molan were at Goffs on Tuesday to help celebrate the best-ever sale result for Riversfield Stud.

The Molan camp – all ten of them, including Shane's brother Alan who runs the Maryville Equestrian Centre – enjoyed a long lunch after the County Limerick operation had sold its Acclamation brother to Richmond Stakes winner Harbour Watch, who is also a half-brother to South African Group 1 scorer Europa Point, to Shadwell for €600,000.

Riversfield Stud's previous best sale in financial terms was when it sold another half-brother, the useful handicapper Ghalib, as a foal for 150,000gns.

Farmer Tom Molan branched out into thoroughbred breeding 12 years ago when deciding to invest his money in "low-, medium- and high-risk investments – land, farming and mares".

As it turned out, the supposed high-risk venture of breeding paid dividends, thanks in no small part to his purchase of Harbour Watch's dam Gorband, a daughter of Woodman from the illustrious Fall Aspen family.

Gorband raced in Dubai and it was local trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam – married to one of Molan's cousins – who recommended her.

"She was bought through Dhruba, he was selling off some stock and he helped me to decide," said Molan. "I knew nothing about horses, although it was obvious she had a great pedigree and was a great model."

Europa Point, a daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar who won twice at the highest level for Mike de Kock, was Gorband's second foal and a 55,000gns Tattersalls foal, while Harbour Watch, sold as a foal for just €33,000, was the mare's fourth produce and was unbeaten in three starts for Richard Hannon before joining Tweenhills Stud, where he has sired Prix Robert Papin winner Tis Marvellous in his first crop.

Gorband has a colt foal by Dark Angel but is not in foal. The Molans are desperate for a filly out of her to retain and bring back to the broodmare band, where she would join the Dr Devious mare Devious Diva, the dam of Group 3 scorer Realtra, and Line Ahead, the dam of Group 2 Dubai City of Gold winner Excellent Result.

Shane Molan, who looks after the stud, said Shadwell's new acquisition had "prepped like a dream and thrived before the sale", and added of Gorband: "The one thing she passes on is a fantastic temperament – all her offspring have a lovely attitude."

Reflecting on yesterday's sale, Molan snr said: "I nearly cried when he passed €400,000, I was absolutely delighted – it makes all the early mornings and long nights of foaling worthwhile – not for the money, although that's nice, but for all the hard work you put in."

The next Riversfield Stud offering who could reward the Molan family's high-risk investment and hours of hard work is an Acclamation filly out of a half-sister to high-class pair Amadeus Wolf and Rouleau, who is on offer in Thursday's Sportsman's Sale.

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