11/20/2014 3:43PM

Frankel filly sets Irish record weanling price


A filly from the first crop of unbeaten champion Frankel hammered for about $2,258,624 (1.8 million euros) on Thursday at the Goffs November foal sale, setting a new Irish record price for a weanling at public auction.

The filly sold to bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington, who told Weatherby’s that he bought the weanling for a “new Irish client.”

Bred in Ireland by Micheal Ryan, the filly is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Finsceal Beo, Europe’s champion 2-year-old filly in 2006 and winner of the English and Irish 1000 Guineas the following year. She is the dam of two winners from as many foals to race, including Group 2 winner Ol’ Man River, a Montjeu colt who sold to the Coolmore partnership at last year’s Goffs yearling sale for $3,854,910.

Al-Elie Stud consigned the Frankel filly, whose extended family includes German classic winner Frozen Trial.

The overall European record weanling price belongs to My Typhoon, a half sister to Galileo and Sea the Stars, who sold to Live Oak Stud for $2,942,730 at the 2002 Tattersalls December foal sale. The Giant’s Causeway mare became a Grade 1 winner in the U.S.

Four Frankel weanlings were offered at the Goffs November foal sale on Thursday, with one other changing hands: a filly out of the Group 3-winning Darshaan mare Discreet Brief, sold to R B L for about $577,254 (460,000 euros). A colt out of the Grade 1-winning Redback mare Lahaleeb finished under his reserve with a final bid of $815,798 (650,000 euros), while a filly out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Song, dam of Irish classic winner Yesterday and Irish champion Quarter Moon among others, was bought back at $470,624 (375,000 euros).