The highest-priced yearling at the opening session of Goffs' prestigious Orby sale Oct. 2 came late in the day as Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate Co. secured a Raven's Pass filly for €520,000 ($706,455 in United States funds). 
The session ended with 177 horses sold at Kildare Paddocks in County Kildare, Ireland, for total receipts of €15,484,000 ($21,038,128), up 14.2%, compared with the first session in 2012. Average price and median showed a decline of 1.8% and 3.5%, respectively. Average price  was €87,480 ($118,852), and median price was €55,000 ($74,724). 
The clearance rate was a strong 89.4%, compared with 84% last year.
There were 55 horses sold for six figures at the sale, which is continuing the successful, revamped two-day format from last year that focuses on quality over volume.
The session-topping filly, who is from the third crop of Darley sire Raven's Pass, was offered late in the sale in Brendan Hayes' Knocktoran Stud consignment. She was produced by French group III winner Albisola, by Montjeu
Bred by Gerry Oldham's Citadel Stud, which bred and raced Albisola as well, the bay filly is one of three foals out of her dam, a half sister to the dam of 2012 St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) winner Most Improved.
Knocktoran also sold an Acclamation colt out of French stakes winner Mahalia, second dam of the session-topping Raven's Pass filly, for €310,000 ($421,226) to bloodstock agent John Warren.
Warren also bought Glenvale Stud's Henrythenavigator colt out of U.S. grade III winner Antoniette for €340,000 ($461,946).
Earlier in the session, a colt by Coolmore's leading European sire Galileo out of Irish classic winner Saoire sold to M. V. Magnier for the session's second-highest price of €425,000 ($577,305).
The colt, bred in Ireland by consignor Cahermorris Stables, is the seventh foal out of Saoire, a Pivotal mare, who won the 2005 Boylesports Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). Saoire has produced three winners from as many to race, including listed stakes winner Requisition, an Invincible Spirit colt, who was third in the 2012 Desmond Stakes (Ire-III).
Foals of Saoire have seen great success at Goffs, where in addition to her Galileo colt, two other offspring have sold for six figures. Requisition, sold to Demi O'Byrne for €550,000 ($746,790) in 2010, and Pink Diva, a Giant's Causeway   filly, was snapped up by Tom Tate for 2009 sale's highest price of €475,000 ($693,785).
Kilcarn Stud's Dubawi filly out of Watership Crystal sold for the session's third-highest price of €380,000 ($516,306) to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson. 
The Orby sale continues Oct. 3 with the second and final session. 

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