INTERVIEW: IRISH YEARLING SALE CONSIGNORS
14 September 2018
We spoke to three leading consignors ahead of the
Irish yearling sales, to get their star picks and thoughts on the weeks ahead
at Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland.
is the best horse you have sold at the Irish yearling sales?
Cox, Baroda & Colbinstown Consigning: We’ve sold lots
of winners at both Tattersalls Ireland and Goffs including a home
bred of Philip Myerscough's, the Group 3 winning Luminate (IRE), who has given
a lot of enjoyment to her Highclere Syndicate crew.
Barry, Manister House Stud: Wicklow Brave, a Group/Grade 1 winner under both codes.
John McEnery, Rossenarra Stud: Dimenticata (IRE), by Danetime out of one of my
foundation mares. She was bought by Frank Barry at Tattersalls Ireland for
€50,000. Trained by Kevin Prendergast for Lady O’Reilly, she was second in the
Irish 1,000 Guineas, beaten a neck by Finsceal Beo (IRE).
is the star of your drafts this year?
Cox: Of course it is hard to split them at this stage as we are selling some
serious yearlings in the Goffs Orby sale by Galileo (IRE), Acclamation, Invincible
Spirit (IRE), Camelot, and Dark Angel (IRE). Some standouts are Lot
203, a full-sister to Group 1 sprinter Tasleet, while a daughter of Zoffany
(IRE) (Lot 278) is an athletic looking filly with a nice pedigree. And let’s
not forget our draft of 23 in Tattersalls Ireland, a couple that come to mind
are Lot 386, a good colt by Make Believe, and Lot 476, a racey filly by sire-on-fire
No Nay Never.
Barry: There is no
obvious one. Some smashing types, but there isn’t one that stands above the
John McEnery: There’s no obvious star, but our colt in the Goffs
Sportsman sale (Lot 656) is a lovely athletic sort with a great attitude. He is
out of Ittasal, a winning half-sister to Signora Cabello (IRE) and three other
there another yearling, with less obvious appeal, who you think will develop
into talented racehorse?
Cox: We have a lovely individual, Lot 162 in the Goffs Orby Sale, an
Acclamation colt out of Affirmative who has bred four winners. The
yearling is really athletic and has the look of a proper racehorse.
Barry: On physical,
it’s probably a filly selling in Part II at Tattersalls Ireland as Lot 823.
She has size, scope and
strength...she’s very likeable.
John McEnery: A Morpheus filly out of Carpet Lover (IRE), Lot 727
in Part II of the September Yearling Sale at Tattersalls Ireland. Her
dam is a half-sister to Molecomb Stakes winner Misty Eyed, who also finished
second in the Flying Childers Stakes and King’s Stand Stakes.
season sire pick for 2019?
Cox: The Night of Thunder (IRE) yearlings look very racey and precocious.
John McEnery: Gutaifan (IRE) because of his numbers on the ground,
but I think Gleneagles (IRE) will also have a good season.
do you think trade will be over the next month?
Cox: I’ve been at Saratoga, Deauville, Goffs UK and Keeneland yearling sales so
far, where the market seemed very good. A lot of the key owners in Europe have
had a fantastic season on the track so far, so hopefully they will come back in
to invest, as well as new syndicates being put together.
Barry: Buyers will have a lot of choice... all these sales
have stock selected so they will get value if they work it hard. The nice ones
will come at a premium but vendors need to be very realistic with lesser stock.
John McEnery: I think trade will be steady as trainers require new
horses each year to keep their business progressing and improving their quality
of stock. Irish-bred horses are always needed for the English market and people
should remain positive.
us a sales graduate to follow.
Cox: The highest priced yearling we have sold in Ireland was a beautiful colt
at Gopffs last year, selling for €650,000 to Roger Varian for Sheikh Mohammed
Bin Obaid. His dam is a full-sister to Immortal Verse (IRE), from the family of
Last Tycoon. He hasn’t run yet but we are excited to see how he does.
Barry: We sold a Camelot filly at the Orby last year for
€40,000. Named Perfectimperfection (IRE), she might be above average.... her trainer
told me that AFTER we sold the half-sister last month!
John McEnery: The Dark Angel (IRE) colt out of Thawrah (IRE), who
we sold for €340,000 at Goffs November Foal sale last year. He is a
full-brother to Heeraat (IRE) and sells under the Coulonces sales banner at the
Goffs Orby Sale.
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September Yearling Sale.
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