09/30/2014 4:12PM

Galileo colt tops first session of Goffs Orby sale


M.V. Magnier, representing the Coolmore partnership, signed the ticket on a $1.89 million Galileo colt to headline Tuesday’s opening session of the Goffs Orby sale in Co. Kildare, Ireland.

A total of 179 yearlings were sold on Tuesday for revenues of about $23,973,779 (18,983,000 Euros), up 22 percent compared with last year’s opening session. The average sale price finished at about $133,931 (106,050 Euros), also growing 22 percent, while the median for the opening session was about $90,930 (72,000 Euros), an increase of 38 percent. The buyback rate finished at 14 percent, up from 10 percent in 2013.

A colt by global sire Galileo topped the session, going to Magnier for about $1,894,375 (1.5 million Euros).

The bay colt is out of the unraced Danehill mare Scribonia, whose four winners from seven foals to race include Group 3 winner and classic-placed Cuis Ghaire, Group 3 winner Scintillula, Group 1-placed Gile Na Greine, and Group 3-placed Claiomh Solaris, all by Galileo. The colt surpassed the $1,090,720 She’s Mine, by Sea The Stars, brought as the most expensive foal by Scribonia to be sold at public auction.

Bred in Ireland by Jim Bolger, the colt is from the family of French champion sprinter Double Form, Group 3 winner Tobann, and Group 1-placed stakes winner Luminata. He was consigned by Redmonstown Stud.

The second and final session of the Goffs Orby sale commences Wednesday.

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