Day two of Goffs Million yearling sale in Ireland turned over 18,118,000 euros for an average of 105,953 euros and a median of 70,000 euros. The figures were marginally up on the 2005 equivalents of 17.82 million euros in gross for 169 sold at an average of 105,444 eurosEnglish trainer Paul Cole outbid Coolmore Stud boss John Magnier for Wednesday's top lot, an 825,000-euro Galileo half-brother to Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) winner Bachir. The colt was bred by the Cullen family and consigned from Middlelane Farm.Cole declined to name his client but stated that it was an owner looking for a mile-and-a-half classic prospect.Sheikh Mohammed's agent John Ferguson was also in action, paying 725,000 euros for a Cape Cross half-sister to top sprinter Dandy Man consigned from Noel and Miriam O'Callaghan's Mountarmstrong Stud.Ferguson also paid 425,000 euros for a King's Best colt out of the unraced Nebraas, who showed a handy profit for her vendor, the Irish National Stud. Nebraas had been bought carrying the colt for 170,000 guineas at the 2004 Tattersalls December sale.Meanwhile, trainer Jim Bolger went to 430,000 euros to acquire a colt by Galileo, sire of his top two-year-old Teofilo, out of Park Express, who he trained to win the 1986 Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I). The colt was consigned from Seamus Burns' Lodge Park Stud.The Goffs Million Sale concludes on Thursday.
Great Britain's premier yearling auction got off to a solid start in Newmarket Oct. 9 when Coolmore principal John Magnier paid the top price of 500,000 guineas (about $1,067,000) for the last lot offered.