10/01/2014 3:10PM

Goffs Orby sale wraps with gains


The Goffs Orby yearling sale in Co. Kildare, Ireland finished Wednesday with across-the-board gains, highlighted by three horses during the final session that sold for 950,000 Euros or more.

The two-day sale closed with 352 horses sold for revenues of about $48,508,202 (38,450,500 Euros), up 11 percent compared with the 2013 renewal.

The average sale price finished at about $137,789 (109,234 Euros), up 9 percent. The median price of about $88,291 (70,000 Euros) rose 27 percent.

A colt by global sire Galileo topped the sale, going to M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership for about $1,894,375 (1.5 million Euros) during Tuesday’s opening session.

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 trainer 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 Bolger’s Redmonstown Stud.

A Sea the Stars filly topped the second session and earned the sale’s second-highest price, going to Amanda Skiffington for about $1,387,339 (1.1 million Euros).

Bred in Ireland by Vimal and Gillian Khosla, the filly is out of the unraced Theatrical mare Green Room, whose three winners from four foals to race include Group 1 winner Lord Shanakill, and stakes-placed Together Forever, who sold for $919,768 at last year’s Goffs Orby sale.

The filly’s extended family includes Irish classic winner Al Bahathri and Grade/Group 1 winners Heatseeker, Spanish Fern and Hearts of Fire, as well as Grade 2 winner Geraldine’s Store. She was consigned by Ballylinch Stud.

A pair of Teofilo fillies tied for the third-highest overall price of the sale on Wednesday, each bringing about $1,197,593 (950,000 Euros). Shadwell Estate Co. purchased a sibling to Group 2 winner Tarfasha and Group 3 winner Saddler’s Rock, while John McCormack signed the ticket on a full sister to last year’s Irish Derby winner Trading Leather, from the family of U.S. champion and English classic winner Hatoof.

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