Buyers at Europe’s final yearling auction of 2017, as they had at sales in previous weeks, took a shine to the first crop of the brilliant Australia on Monday.
The son of Galileo was responsible for another two six-figure youngsters at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale to add to his highly-prized offerings sold earlier in the autumn at the major auction venues.
Heading the way on Monday was a 150,000gns colt (pictured) out of Acclamation’s daughter Sweepstake offered from Denis and Joan Brosnan’s Co Limerick-based Croom House Stud.
MV Magnier struck the successful bid and commented: “He is a very nice horse and comes from a very good breeder and nursery in Denis Brosnan’s Croom House Stud. Let’s hope he is as good as some of those we’ve bought from the farm in the past – we’re just glad to get such a lovely horse.”
Another Australia fan was Yohann Gaiche of Japan-based DMM.com who paid 130,000gns for a colt out of the Averti mare Azeema, a sibling to Al Kazeem,
The colt was offered from Oakgrove Stud and farm manager David Hilton said: “He is a lovely, correct horse, with a big athletic walk. I am very happy with what he made and is from the best family that the stud has produced. Best of luck to his new owners.”
A member of Ivawood’s eagerly-awaited first crop became the first foal to pass the 100,000gns mark at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale after attracting the eye of many fanciers on Wednesday.
A whole host of pinhookers looked on as the final exchanges were fought out between Flash Conroy of Glenvale Stud and agent Amanda Skiffington.
It was the latter who eventually prevailed with her bid of 105,000gns and she revealed that the colt will eventually race in the same colours as the brilliantly-fast Ivawood.
“He has been purchased for Fiona Carmichael, who owned Ivawood,” said Skiffington. “She was keen to buy one by the sire, and we felt this was the nicest. He’s a lovely colt and very like his sire.
“We had hoped that we wouldn’t need to spend so much, but when I saw all the good pinhookers on him, I knew it would be hard work. Every good pinhooker in here was on him so that makes me feel a bit better.”
The colt is out of the Royal Applause mare and was offered by the Irish National Stud for John McLoughney.
Ivawood’s foals were all the rage on Wednesday and Mags O’Toole picked another pair, respectively for 48,000gns and 38,000gns.
Ivawood is standing for €6,000 in 2018.
A first-crop son of Kingston Hill, the brilliant G1 winner at two and three, led the way on the final day of the 2017 Goffs November Foal Sale.
Out of the Sendawar mare Shakeeba, he was offered from Ridge Manor Stud and sold to agent John Walsh of Euross.
“He’s a good-walking foal with a nice pedigree. I bought him for a new client and we had hoped not to have to pay quite so much for him. The foal will be back for sale as a yearling,” said Walsh, after offering the successful bid of €26,000.