THE second day of the Goffs November Sale produced its highest price for 15 years when Ballylinch Stud’s John O’Connor went to €280,000 for the four-race maiden, Loyal.
The daughter of Galileo was raced in partnership by Ballylinch, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor but is now in the outright ownership of the first-named following this sale.
Loyal is a daughter of the French stakes winner Chartreuse and represents a pedigree full of promise. Her two-year-old half-sister shaped very well when second in a smart affair at Saratoga on her debut in the summer, while the mare has a yearling filly by Dubawi and a filly foal by Lope De Vega to represent her over the coming seasons.
Aga Khan appeal
The Aga Khan offered several appealing types on day two and these were headed by the unraced Dark Angel filly Rayagara. A daughter of the Debutante Stakes winner Raydara and a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Ridenza, this three-year-old cost the BBA Ireland’s Richard Fitzsimons €80,000. She was bought on behalf of Rathbarry Stud and will visit the farm’s upwardly mobile sire Kodi Bear.
Another popular offering by the leading owner-breeder was the placed Zoffany filly Sunniyra who cost Tally-Ho Stud €68,000. Sunniyra is a half-sister to Suwayra who looked a two-year-old of major potential when impressing with a debut success in a Leopardstown maiden during the summer.
The Aga Khan also offered a filly with a different sort of appeal in the unraced Footstepsinthesand filly Zyrianna who cost Thistletown Stud €43,000. Zyrianna is a half-sister to the high-class jumper Zanahiyr who now has two Grade 2 victories to his name and added a Grade 1 placing to his record in the recent Morgiana Hurdle.
There was another nice draft on offer from Derrinstown Stud and it was headed by Shaaqaaf at €60,000.
Tipper House signed for the winning daughter of Sepoy who was the only mare in the sale in foal to the Sussex Stakes winner Mohaather.
Derrinstown also offered a placed daughter of Invincible Spirit and the Irish 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah in Azwah. She is in foal to Tamayuz and was knocked down to MAS Bloodstock at €52,000.
Whitethorn Bloodstock also picked up a Derrinstown mare when paying €45,000 for Fleeting Smile who is in foal to the Commonwealth Cup hero Eqtidaar. Fleeting Smile is a daughter of the American champion older mare Fleet Indian.
Other significant purchases on day two saw Holloway Thoroughbreds pay €60,000 for the placed Canford Cliffs mare Clifftop Dancer. The Marlhill House Stud offering is in foal to Fastnet Rock and she is a half-sister to the high-class Bankable.
Meanwhile, the BBA Ireland paid €54,000 for Kookaburra who won in America as a three-year-old. The winning daughter of Fastnet Rock is in foal to Australia and she is out of an own-sister to Henrythenavigator.