DEMAND grows year on year for fillies, and this week’s star was always favourite to occupy a lofty position on the table of top lots.
Jerry McGrath, one of the bloodstock managers at Goffs UK, outlasted Tessa Greatrex from Highflyer Bloodstock, at £110,000, and for that money took home a daughter of Kapgarde and the listed-placed hurdler Brise Vendeenne sold by Goldford Stud. The filly’s half-sister Walk In The Brise has run in three bumpers for Willie Mullins, and finished second each time. Her three defeats have been by an aggregate of less than three lengths!
A daughter of the best National Hunt stallion in France, the filly’s dam is a half-sister to the outstanding racemare Vroum Vroum Mag, three times a winner at Grade 1 level and successful on 14 occasions in all. Their dam is a half-sister to Saint Are, a Grade 1 winning hurdler and runner-up in the Grand National at Aintree.
Ryan Mahon, on behalf of Dan and Grace Skelton, paid £88,000 for a three-year-old daughter of Glenview Stud’s Blue Bresil out of the listed winning hurdler Alegralil, a daughter herself of King’s Theatre. Having failed to sell as a foal for £7,500, Juliet Minton bought the filly privately from John and Lisa Hales, and this time there was much more interest in the half-sister to three winners. The ultimate aim of the Skeltons is to win with her and take her back to their Alne Park Stud.
One of the last lots in the two-day sale was a French-bred daughter of Bathyrhon, a son of Monsun, and she is the first foal out of a full-sister to the dual Grade 1 Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo. Named Golden Point, and consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud, she traded for £80,000 to Lucinda Russell and Paul McIvor. This is also the family of Grade 1 winning chaser Grand Crus and the Scottish Grand National hero Al Co.