IT was a good week for the select number of foals on offer by Night Of Thunder and, of those nine, eight were sold and returned an average in excess of €120,000.
The most expensive of them was a filly from Oghill House Stud for whom leading pinhooker Philipp Stauffenberg paid €240,000. This filly is the second produce of the Group 3 Prix Miesque winner Sweety Dream.
During the same session Johnny McKeever and CB Bloodstock Australia went to €175,000 for a Night Of Thunder filly from William and Emma Kennedy’s Stanley Lodge in Cashel.
This filly is out of a listed-placed Street Cry mare and her first runner is Raven’s Cry who was placed in the Salsabil Stakes for Paddy Twomey before going to win at stakes level in America.
The aforementioned Philipp Stauffenberg also contended for a colt hailing from the first crop of Godolphin’s crack sprinter Blue Point but he had to give best to Michael Fitzpatrick when the price reached €215,000. Fitzpatrick’s purchase is a grandson of the Group 3-winning sprinter Beauty Bright.
The progeny of Nick and Alice Nugent’s Docksider mare Noyelles have become a major feature of the Goffs November Foal Sale and it was more of the same this year when the mare’s Frankel colt sold to Eddie O’Leary for €210,000.
This half-brother to the Matron Stakes runner-up Lily’s Angel was consigned by Peter Kavanagh’s Neilstown Stud and his sale means that the last four foals out of Noyelles to have passed through this ring have grossed in excess of €1 million.
BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe and Yulong Investments continued their successful pursuit of the progeny of Queen Of Carthage.
The dam of the Phoenix Stakes winner Lucky Vega was responsible for a Footstepsinthesand colt whom Donohoe and Yulong purchased for €630,000 at the Orby Sale and they acquired the mare’s latest produce when going to €195,000 to secure a filly from the first crop of the Irish 2000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain who was offered by Baroda Stud.
Earlier in the day, Baroda Stud made an impact on the purchasing side when giving €200,000 for the only Kingman foal in the sale. This colt was sold by Moyglare Stud and he is a half-brother to the classy trio of Carla Bianca, Joailliere (dam of the smart Reve De Vol) and the Beresford Stakes second True Solitaire. He was bought with a view to being resold as a yearling
Wednesday proved to be quite a day for the progeny of various Ballylinch Stud stallions and coming sire New Bay was responsible for a €200,000 colt from The Castlebridge Consignment who went to a partnership of Grove Stud and WH Bloodstock.
This half-brother to Aidan O’Brien’s smart two-year-old The Acropolis is out of the Queen Mary Stakes third Hairy Rocket and will be reoffered as a yearling.
Ballylinch later spent €200,000 on a daughter of their elite sire Lope De Vega from Neilstown Stud. She is a half-sister to high-class runners in America and Australia and a decision will be made in due course as to whether she is resold or kept to race.
Meanwhile, Clare Manning forked out €180,000 for a filly from the first crop of the Arc winner Waldgeist.
Sold by Des Leadon and Mariann Klay’s Swordlestown Little, this filly is out of the Listed Celebration Stakes second Ezalli whose half-sister, the multiple stakes winner Ezima, was trained by the purchaser’s grandfather Jim Bolger. This filly was bought as a racing and breeding prospect.