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Glittering Weekend For Goffs Graduates

Just as the dust settled on a record breaking Goffs Orby renewal, graduates of the flagship sale ripped up a storm on the international stage this weekend, headed by Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Dubai Mile. The son of Roaring Lion just held off November Foal joint Sale topper Arrest by a head for second.

The Group 1 win was the highlight of a phenomenal weekend for Goffs graduates which saw nine Group and Listed wins on the international stage including five Stakes wins for Orby graduates across the UK, France & Germany, a Listed win & Group 1 second for November Foal graduates, Group 2 success for Autumn Yearling graduate Vero Atleta and Grade A Handicap Chase victory for Land Rover graduate The Big Dog.

Dubai Mile was sold by Hollyhill Stud to Mark Johnston at the Orby Sale and joined Tranquil Lady in providing an across the card Stakes double for Orby graduates with the latter recording a taking win in the Group 3 Prix de Flores. The half-sister to the formidable State Of Rest was bought by Richard Ryan for Teme Valley Racing in 2020 from her breeders Tinnakill House.

Another Saturday Stakes double for Orby graduates was recorded at Newbury, where Max Vega landed the Group 3 St Simon Stakes for Ralph Beckett and the Pickford Hill Partnership, while Magical Sunset demolished her rivals by five lengths in the Listed Radley Stakes for Richard Hannon and Amo Racing. Magical Sunset  was sold by Alice Fitzgerald to Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock whilst Max Vega was sourced by her trainer from her breeder, Stanley Lodge.

Meanwhile in Germany, 3YO Orby graduate Goldana trounced her opposition by five lengths in the Listed Alson-Trophy at Hanover. The black type win further bolsters the pedigree of Killourney Mor’s star mare Humble And Proud, dam of Orby graduate, Listed winner & leading Breeders Cup contender Love Reigns. Goldana was also an Orby yearling when bought by Brummerhof Stud from her breeder.

Along with the aforementioned Group 1 runner-up Arrest, the Ger Lyons trained Power Under Me provided further black type success for graduates of the November Foal Sale, with a second win at Listed level in the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday. The tenacious son of sire sensation Mehmas was bred by Nanallac Stud who sold him to Wyanstown House for 28,000 at the 2018 November Foal Sale.

Meanwhile, Vero Atleta paid testament to the quality of the commercial yearlings on offer at the Autumn Yearling Sale, with the 2YO following up a recent Listed win with Group 2 glory in Sunday’s Premio Gran Criterium at San Siro, Italy. Marco Bozzi sourced the son of Gleneagles from the Castletown Stud draft for €23,000 last year.

3YO filly Emily Dickinson ran away with the Group 3 Comer Group International Loughbrown Stakes at Leopardstown for the Coolmore contingent. While the Dubawi filly has never gone through a sales ring, her dam is none other than Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale topper Chicquita, who set a record for the sale when realising €6,000,000 from the Castlebridge Consignment by way of Peter and Ross Doyle for Coolmore.

Lastly in Limerick, Land Rover graduate The Big Dog took the honours in the Grade A JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase for Peter Fahey. The Land Rover 3YO was bought by Aidan Fitzgerald for €20,000 from Derrygrath Stud.

Next sales:

Autumn HIT & Yearling Sale

1 – 3 November 2022

November Foal & Breeding Stock Sale

14 – 19 November 2022