Prendergast at the double at Goffs Open Sale
Kevin Prendergast bought this daughter of Pivotal for €36,000
PICTURE: Peter Mooney Prendergast stocks up at Goffs Open Yearling Sale
By Aisling Crowe at Goffs 6:42PM 3 NOV 2016
BUYERS flocked from all over the globe to Goffs for its final yearling sale of 2016, coming from China, Greece, Italy and beyond but it was a local legend who emerged with the spoils as Kevin Prendergast signed for the two most expensive yearlings.
The octogenarian trainer masterminded the victory of Awtaad in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the start of summer and he was on the lookout for future stars, purchasing two fillies for his Friarstown Stables.
His first big buy was a daughter of Raven's Pass from the family of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Forest Flower and the 2,000 Guineas and Lockinge victor Night Of Thunder. The chestnut filly was the only progeny of the Breeders' Cup Mile winner catalogued and the exclusivity paid off for her consignors Lumville Farm, who were rewarded with the top price of €38,000.
The Kildare nursery was responsible for the top three lots sold on Thursday and all three were the sole offspring of their sires offered at the Open Yearling Sale.
"She's a nice filly and the mare was quite useful. The page is good and she looks a nice type for the middle of summer next year," the trainer remarked of the first foal out of the winning three-year-old Marju mare Khothry.
Prendergast also went to €36,000 for a daughter of Pivotal out of the winning juvenile Naadrah. Born on St Valentine's Day, the filly is a sister to Martini Time who emulated their dam by winning at two.
"I liked the filly when I saw her and the dam has already bred a two-year-old winner by Pivotal. He has been a lucky sire for us," Prendergast said.
Naadrah is a half-sister to the multiple winner Prince Mag and they are out of the winning Anabaa mare Princess D'Orange. It is the further family of Irish Source, Irish Wells and Mocklershill.
Slattery snaps up son of Iffraaj
The most expensive colt in the sale was Lumville's son of Iffraaj out of Alsalwa, a winning half-sister to the dam of Eastern Impact and Miss Katie Mae. Both of her first two foals, Mufrad and Another Touch, have won and it is the further family of Japanese superstar Deep Impact.
Andrew Slattery paid €34,000 for the March-born foal, and his dam will be offered for sale as part of the Derrinstown Stud draft at Friday's inaugural Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale. Alsalwa is believed to be in foal to Exceed And Excel.
All that Jazz for Powerstown
Powerstown Stud also enjoyed a good sale with a pinhooking success getting trade going early in the morning. Lot 171 was bought by the outfit at the Goffs November Foal Sale for €10,000 and the son of Clodovil sold to Russell McNabb for €30,000.
"I have bought him for Gary Moore," McNabb revealed. "He is a lovely, big, strong horse and is probably one who is more for the second half of next year. He comes from a very good farm and we have been lucky with horses from there in the past so I hope he can continue that."
Powerstown reinvested some of their profits in a colt from the first crop of Ballyhane Stud resident Red Jazz, consigned by Moorpark Stud. The first foal of his unraced dam, Mymoonlightdancer by Danehill Dancer, he hails from the family of the Group 1 winner and sire Linngari.
Breeze-up buy for Browne
Another lot now destined for the breeze-up sales was bought by Willie Browne for €28,000. A chestnut colt by Society Rock, he is the first foal out of the Peintre Celebre mare She's A Queen who is a full-sister to Group 2-placed Bouyant from the family of American champion Go For Wand.
"He's by a first-season sire so who knows what the market will make of them next year but I would like the ones I've seen, they look like runners to me," said Browne.
The clearance rate for the yearling section of the sale jumped to 81 percent but the turnover dipped by three percent, to €1,037,900. That slight drop was mirrored in the average and median figures which also saw small declines. The average price of €7,158 was nine percent lower than in 2015 while the median of €4,500 was ten per cent lower than the corresponding figure last year.
"Whilst today's yearlings will not provoke any headlines there has been plenty of interest throughout the day with no shortage of bidders," commented Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby. "This is a sale that has made significant progress in recent years and regularly exceeds expectations."
The two days of trade for Horses In Training and Open Yearling Sales combined showed significant increases in turnover from last year. From 53 more horses offered than in 2015, turnover leaped by 55 percent to €2,742,300 with a healthy clearance rate of 81 percent over the two days. This year's average also showed a distinct improvement, up 17 percent to €11,058 but the median shrunk 28 percent to €5,000.