Chris Hill brings us the latest bloodstock news and reflects on the action on track and in the sales ring.

By Chris Hill.   Last Updated: 03/07/14 9:22am

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Yeats' progeny have proved popular at the sales

Yeats' progeny have proved popular at the sales

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Chris Hill brings us the latest bloodstock news and reflects on the action on track and in the sales ring.

Coolmore enjoyed success both on the racecourse and in the sales ring last week with their multiple Champion sire Galileo being responsible for two of the three winners of the European Group One races and offspring by their seven-time Group One winner Yeats proving popular at Tattersalls Ireland.

Australia (Galileo) turned the Irish Derby into a stroll in the park at the Curragh on Saturday with an easy two and a half-length victory under Joseph O’Brien over stablemates Kingfisher (Galileo) and Orchestra (Galileo), bringing trainer Aidan O’Brien an eleventh success in the Irish Classic.

Out of Ouija Board (Cape Cross), Lord Derby’s 2004 Oaks winner and seven-time Group One winning mare, Australia was purchased by Demi O’Byrne on behalf of Coolmore for 525,000 guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and is the fourth winner from four foals of racing age that the Champion European Three Year-Old from 2004 has produced to date.

"Out of Ouija Board (Cape Cross), Australia was purchased by Demi O’Byrne on behalf of Coolmore for 525,000 guineas and is the fourth winner from four foals of racing age that the Champion European Three Year-Old from 2004 has produced to date."

A full brother to Filia Regina (Galileo), a winner over one mile six furlongs for Ed Dunlop who trained Ouija Board throughout her esteemed career and who has handled all of the great mare’s offspring prior to Australia, Coolmore’s three year-old colt is also a half-brother to the Australian Group Three Easter Cup winner Voodoo Prince (Kingmambo), who was successful on these shores for Dunlop and Lord Derby in Goodwood’s Listed Foundation Stakes, and the ten and twelve furlong winner Aegaeus (Monsun).

A day on from his domination of the Irish Derby, Galileo was responsible for a French Group One one-two with the Pascal Bary-trained Spiritjim (Galileo), ridden by Christophe Lemaire, narrowly getting the better of Lady Cecil’s Noble Mission (Galileo) in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

A €310,000 purchase at the 2011 Arqana October Yearling Sale by MAB Agency, Spiritjim was bred by Antoine and Hervé de Talhouet Roy of Haras des Sablonnets out of Hidden Silver (Anabaa), a winner over nine furlongs in France, making Sunday’s winner a half-brother to the 2009 French 2000 Guineas winner and freshman sire Silver Frost (Verglas). Being out of the Anabaa mare Hidden Silver means that he is also bred along the same lines as Jim Bolger’s triple Group One winner Lush Lashes (Galileo).

At the Curragh on Sunday, Lady Rothschild’s homebred mare Thistle Bird (Selkirk) stayed on strongly under George Baker to land the Pretty Polly Stakes for trainer Roger Charlton, her first victory at the highest level having finished a narrow runner up in last year’s Nassau Stakes.

"Utility ended the sale as the joint third priciest lot of the Derby Sale when going for €160,000, the same price as a three year-old son of Presenting out of Grade Three hurdle winner Supreme Serenade and as a three year-old full brother to Hidden Cyclone."

Foaled at Waddesdon Stud, the six year-old mare is out of Lady Rothschild’s three-time French Listed winning mare Dolma (Marchand de Sable) who has also produced the six furlong winner Don Marco (Choisir) and McCreery (Big Bad Bob), an as yet unraced juvenile colt, who like all the family before him is trained at Beckhampton by Charlton.

From the further family of the 2010 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah, Prix Saint-Alary heroine Reve d’Oscar and Japanese Grade One winner Reve d’Essor, Thistle Bird became the seventeenth individual Grade/Group One winner - and eleventh Grade/Group One winning filly - by Selkirk, the dual Champion European Miler who passed away at Lanwades Stud last year at the age of twenty five.

Last week saw Tattersalls Ireland host their Derby Sale with a three year-old son of Yeats, the four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner, topping the sale when selling to M V Magnier for €220,000.

Out of the French mare Jolivia (Dernier Empereur), a winner under both codes including in the Listed Prix Challenge de Haies des 4 ans Hurdle, the sale topping colt is a half-brother to Willie Mullins’ three-time jumps winner Sizing Tennessee (Robin des Champs) and Lordolivia (Lord of Men), a triple winner in France under both codes.

The familiar sales partnership of Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins claimed the second top lot when securing the first foal out of the Listed Shannon Spray  Novice Hurdle winner Oligarch Society (Moscow Society), herself a half-sister to the Grade Two Future Champions Flat Race at Leopardstown and the Grade Three Mares Novice Hurdle winner Shirley Casper (Presenting), for €170,000.

As well as signing the ticket for the sale topper, Magnier was purchaser of another son of Yeats, Utility, who ended the sale as the joint third priciest lot when going for €160,000, the same price Kirk and Mullins paid for a three year-old son of Presenting out of the Grade Three hurdle winner Supreme Serenade (Supreme Leader) and trainer Shark Hanlon paid for a three year-old full brother to his stable star Hidden Cyclone (Stowaway) out of Hurricane Debbie (Shahanndeh).

At the conclusion of the two day sale, 330 lots had changed hands for a total of €14,282,000, an increase of 29% on last year’s renewal, with the average price of €43,729 and median of €32,500 - a new Derby Sale record - being improvements of 18% and 8% respectively on the 2013 sale.

Chris Hill

Chris is a Pedigree Researcher for Weatherbys Ltd, the company that provides the majority of pedigrees for thoroughbreds sold at public auction in Britain and Ireland and who offer a range of products and services to suit your Bloodstock needs.

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