A colt from the final crop of deceased sire Monsun sold for €450,000 ($590,927 in United States funds) Sept. 2 at the BBAG yearling sale in Baden-Baden, Germany.
The buyer was prominent European breeder Dr. Christoph Berglar, owner-breeder of German, French, and English group I winner Novellist
, also a son of Monsun. In 2011, Berglar's Narola LLC bought Stonereath Stud near Paris, Ky.
The sale-topping Monsun colt is out of the stakes-winning Pivotal mare Flashing Colour, a half sister to English stakes winner Tha'ir. A German-bred, he was offered by Ronald Rauscher on behalf of Gestut Schlenderhan, where Monsun stood until he was euthanized from the effects of an acute neurological disease at age 22.
Six offspring of Monsun were offered Tuesday, and all but the sale-topper failed to reach their reserve prices or were bought back.
Stauffenberg Bloodstock's Irish-bred Dansili filly out of the French group III-winning Medicean mare Via Medici sold for the day's second-highest price of €260,000 ($341,398). Ghislain Bozo's Meridian International was the buyer.
Total receipts increased 19% to €8,171,500 ($10,730,732) and median rose 7% to €30,000 while average was down 2% to €49,229 ($64,645), Racing Post reports.