Wildenstein lots enliven Goffs foal finale
The Siyouni filly bought for €775,000 goes through the ring
PICTURE: Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs Wildenstein lots enliven Goffs foal sale finale By James Thomas and Aisling Crowe 7:41PM 17 NOV 2016
TRADE during the five days of the Goffs November Foal Sale had been building steadily, and selling reached a climax on Thursday evening as the foals from the Wildenstein dispersal came on the market.
A lot of the pre-sale focus had been on the daughter of Dansili and Poule D'Essai des Pouliches winner Beauty Parlour, but it was another filly from the Wildenstein draft that stole the limelight.
Already named A Nous La Liberte, the daughter of Siyouni and the Listed-placed Galileo mare Amerique proved to be the headline-grabber when selling to Stephen Collins on behalf of Shadwell for €775,000.
The filly's page is littered with illustrious Wildenstein performers, such as Aquarelliste, a dual Group 1-winning daughter of Danehill, Agathe and Artiste Royal.
"She's a lovely, lovely filly, just gorgeous in every way," said Collins. "She has the looks, the walk, the pedigree and I hope she'll have the racing career to go with it. Hopefully she will become a successful addition to our broodmare band. We bought a couple of Siyouni yearlings in Deauville and we have sent him one or two mares before and we will send him a couple again in the spring, but this filly really was gorgeous."
White Birch white hot
The unnamed Dansili foal out of Beauty Parlour went the way of the US-based White Birch Farm, whose party included leading owner-breeder Joseph Allen, for €450,000.
The Goffs ring is familiar territory for the progeny of the French 1,000 Guineas winner, as her Dubawi colt sold during the Orby Yearling Sale, bringing €1.4 million from Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson.
Boasting a regal pedigree, the filly – the second foal produced by Beauty Parlour – descends from the likes of champion and seven-time Group 1 winner Might And Power and champion miler in Hong Kong Lucky Owners.
There was a timely reminder of the talent Dansili can impart to his fillies during the Breeders' Cup when Cheveley Park's Queen's Trust came with a withering late run to land the Filly and Mare Turf right on the line.
There will another significant step in the dispersal of the Wildensteins' stock on Friday when Beauty Parlour herself, catalogued as lot 1431, is due to come under the hammer during the opening session of the Goffs November Breeding-Stock Sale.
White Birch Farm also snapped up a second lot from the Wildenstein foals, going to €320,000 for another of Dansili's progeny, an unnamed colt out of the Group 2-winning Singspiel mare Pacific Rim whose first foal, a colt by Mastercraftsman, also sold during the Orby Sale, bringing €60,000 from the China Horse Club.
The Wildenstein dispersal has been a happy hunting ground for White Birch Farm, having made a number of notable purchases during the Orby Sale, including Pavini, a €600,000 unraced two-year-old Dubawi filly out of Group 2 winner Peinture Rare, a Dansili yearling filly out of Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Porlezza who cost €360,000 and the €300,000 unraced Dansili colt out of the Listed-placed Peintre Celebre mare Altamire.
Shadwell seeing stars
There could not have been a more appropriate star among the remainder of the November Foal Sale catalogue, as a gorgeous son of Kingman who was bought by Shadwell for €320,000, descends from one of the Wildensteins' most distinguished families.
His third dam is Albertine, the dam of shock Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arcangues, who carried the famed blue silks to success in 1991. Albertine is also the second dam of Prix de Diane, Prix Ganay and Prix Vermeille heroine Aquarelliste.
Ross Doyle on the phone and Shadwell representative Collins standing at the back wall became embroiled in a tussle for the bay colt and in the end Doyle had to turn his back and walk away when the bidding reached €320,000 and Collins was declared the buyer.
Offered by Ballybin Stud on behalf of his breeder George Kent of Knockenduff Stud in County Waterford, the colt is a half-brother to the multiple Group 2 winner Breton Rock and is out of the Listed-winning Rock Of Gibraltar mare Anna's Rock.
"He's by a very exciting stallion in Kingman," said Collins. "We've a number of his foals at home and we've been very impressed with them. This foal is a nice, racey type and complements the foals we already have. He has a very good pedigree and Sheikh Hamdan was very keen for me to buy him."
Dark Angel in big demand
Clamour for progeny of Dark Angel intensified in the with frenzied bidding on a number of the foals by the Yeomanstown Stud sire.
Five of the eight foals sold by Dark Angel were knocked down for six-figure sums with even the cheapest of the octet selling for €85,000. His average for the day was an astounding €133,125 for foals conceived on a €27,500 covering fee.
Dark Angel stood the 2016 season for €60,000 and the aggregate earned by his eight foals on Thursday was €1,065,000.
The priciest, consigned by Jockey Hall Stud and out of the Oasis Dream mare Sioduil, was knocked down to Noel O'Callaghan's Mountarmstrong Stud for €230,000.
The January-born foal is from the family of Irish National Stud sire Dragon Pulse and Shalaa, a dual Group 1-winning juvenile in 2015.
Sioduil won over 5f on the all-weather at Dundalk and was bought by Jacqueline Norris's Jockey Hall Stud as a four-year-old at Goffs in November 2010. The filly is the fourth foal of her dam and is a half-sister to the Azamour colt Mind Of Madness, a Listed winner who was placed in the Norfolk Stakes at as a two-year-old.
Her sale was the pinnacle of an excellent day for renowned producer Norris, who also sold another Dark Angel filly earlier in the day for €85,000.
Rabbah fans of Sea The Stars
A son of Sea The Stars held sway for much of the afternoon, selling to Jono Mills of Rabbah Bloodstock for €240,000. Consigned by Old Carhue Stud, the March-born colt is a half-brother to Here Comes When, a son of Danehill Dancer who won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, and is out of the Group 3-winning Quads Melody, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Bonapartiste.
"He's a lovely colt by a very exciting stallion, a really top-class sire," said Mills. "It's been very difficult to buy yearlings this year and we have bought a few foals in the past. This one fits the profile we're after and we will take him home and give him time before we make plans for him."
Mills bought also another son of the Aga Khan Stud's sire, who has been joined at Gilltown by his dual Derby-winning son Harzand, on Thursday, going to €180,000 for the first foal out of Martine's Spirit by Invincible Spirit.
Martine's Spirit is the latest generation of the magnificent Kilcarn Stud family, which has been nurtured by Pat O'Kelly, of Mayenne, a daughter of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Detroit. Mayenne is the dam of the Listed winner My Renee and the granddam of Banimpire, the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner who sold for a record €2.3million in the Goffs ring back in November 2011.
'Very tough for many breeders'
Despite the headline prices gained on Thursday, overall trade slumped throughout the five-day November Foal Sale, with all key market indicators showing decreases on last year's returns.
Goffs group chief executive Henry Beeby commented: "The difference between the start and end of the sale has been palpable, as has been the atmosphere depending on the perceived commerciality of each foal as they entered the ring.
"So we have enjoyed a vibrant trade for the most sought after with several multiple-bidder duels and some significant prices at the top of the market headed, of course, by the final 17 lots that made up the foal section of the Wildenstein Stables dispersal.
"However, just a couple of days ago it was a very different picture with a contracted market and a drop in figures, most notably the clearance rates. Indeed, the warning signs at the foal sales last autumn have proved prophetic and there should be no shying away from the fact that it was very tough for many breeders as the market spoke loud and clear."
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