11/17/2011 4:31PM

Sea the Stars weanlings top $1M


Three weanlings by Sea the Stars sold for more than $1 million each Thursday at the Goffs November foal sale in Ireland, marking the first weanlings by the European champion to come to market publicly.

The most expensive, a half-brother to 2007’s Irish 3-year-old champion, Soldier of Fortune, brought 850,000 euros, or $1,147,500, from buyer Sunderland Holdings. Redmondstown Stud was the consignor.

The first to go through the ring, a filly out of Europe’s 2006 champion juvenile filly and 2007 classic winner, Finsceal Beo, brought 800,000 euros, or $1,080,000. Bloodstock agent John McCormack signed the ticket on behalf of an unidentified client. Al-Eile Stud consigned the filly, the second foal for her dam.

Another Sea the Stars daughter, this one from Redmondstown Stud and out of the unraced Danehill mare Scribonia, also sold for 800,000 euros to Mertoun Paddocks. The weanling filly is a half-sister to a pair of Group 1-placed runners in Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine. She is also a half-sister to 2011 group-placed Claiomh Solais.

Thursday’s auction sold two other Sea the Stars weanlings. They were a bay colt out of Irish stakes winner Humilis, by Sadler’s Wells, who brought about $148,500 from buyer Blandford Bloodstock, and a bay filly out of Teofilo’s full sister Senora Galilei who sold for about $405,000 to Woodstock.