The Maktoum brothers may not currently be purchasing the progeny of Coolmore stallions, but an eclectic group of buyers helped that Irish stud supply all the top lots during Wednesday's final session of a highly-successful revamped Goffs Orby Million yearling sale in Ireland.
Jumping trainer Tom Taaffe, who won this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup with Kicking King, has been buying well-connected fillies this week. He purchased a 660,000-euro Danehill filly out of Peach Out of Reach, a listed winning half-sister to both grade I and group I winner Pilsudski (a European champion) and top Japanese performer Fine Motion. She was consigned from David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud, which bred the filly in partnership with Orpendale.
Danehill's final crop yearlings were much in demand with a full-brother to the Sangster family's useful two-year-old Pure Illusion, consigned from Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud, realizing 620,000 euros when purchased by the Newmarket-based Blandford Bloodstock agency, run by Richard Brown and Tom Goff, for an American-based client.
A Danehill half-brother to Dehere, bred by King Bloodstock and Janus Bloodstock, looks set to be reoffered at next year's Hong Kong International sale after selling to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for 360,000 euros while agent James Delahooke signed for a 380,000-euro Sadler's Wells half-brother to Royal Ascot winner Celtic Silence, bred by former British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill.
Coolmore purchases through Demi O'Byrne have been relatively subdued this week although the agent ended on a high note by taking lot 578 for 950,000 euros, the final session's top price. The Galileo colt, a half-brother to three winners including group I scorer and champion European 2-year-old filly of 2004, Damson, was consigned by Denis Brosnan's Croom House Stud. Goffs' Matt Mitchell, acting for an American client, was the underbidder.
O'Byrne also helped a Rock of Gibraltar colt out of Sniffles, who made 280,000 euros as a foal at Goffs, ensure a profit for vendor Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud when paying 370,000 euros.Demand remained just as high on this final day as on Monday and Tuesday. From 206 lots catalogued, 190 were offered and 170 sold for 16,562,000 euros at an average of 97,424 euros.The final figures made impressive reading, Over the three days of the Goffs Orby Million sale, 615 were catalogued of which 573 were offered and 518 sold for 51,557,000 euros at an average of 99,531 euros.There is no direct comparison with last year as the format was different but Goffs officials reckon the average was up over 50%.