TWO broodmares fetched the top prices at the Goffs London Sale this evening, but one of the biggest headlines of the day was huge result for a pair of Con and Theresa Marnane-owned juveniles.
Belle Josephine, dam of notable three-year-old Mildenberger (by Teofilo), headed the session, bought by agent Alistair Donald for £720,000. The regally-related daughter of Dubawi had a Pivotal colt at foot and is in foal to classic sire Siyouni (by Pivotal) on a March 20th cover. The 10-year-old was consigned by Salcey Forest Stud.
Next best was the £400,000 paid for Ann Marshall for Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Miss Beatrix, who was sent up by Ballintougher Stud.
Now aged 14, and sold in foal to sprint champion Muhaarar on a February 26th cover, the Danehill Dancer mare is the dam of three blacktype earners, she comes from the immediate family of Indian Ridge, and her 2017 Muhaarar colt made €340,000 at Goffs in November.
Recent French Group 3 runner-up Marathon Man went to Paul Moroney Bloodstock for £380,000, and next best was the £375,000 paid by Sackville Donald for supplementary entry Shine So Bright, an Oasis Dream two-year-old who made a winning debut for the Karl Burke stable at Nottingham recently.
The grey is entered in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, Group 2 Norfolk Stakes and Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Con Marnane's eye for a tremendous bargain, famously successful last year with rags-to-riches juvenile Different League, was evident again when both No More Regrets and Junius Brutus brought six-figured sums.
The former cost just 40,000gns from Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale but was sold here for £130,000.
The daughter of Kodiac has run three times for French trainer Matthieu Palussiere, carrying the colours of Theresa Marnane, and she was runner-up in a six-furlong listed contest at San Siro earlier this month.
She holds an entry in Friday's Group 3 Albany Stakes.
Junius Brutus, who cost just €6,500 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, has been a wide-margin winner of two five-furlong contests in France – for the same connections – and the Cockney Rebel colt, who holds entries in both the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes and Listed Windsor Castle Stakes, made £300,000 this time around.
Both were bought by Sackville Donald.
Earlier, the same agency snapped up unbeaten Group 2 Coventry Stakes entrant Vintage Brut for £280,000 and three-year-old Main Street for £230,000.
A seven-length debut winner for trainer Tim Easterby, the Dick Turpin-sired Vintage Brut followed-up with a narrow success in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown.
Newsells Park Stud's homebred Main Street, a stakes-placed dual winner for the John Gosden stable, is a son of Street Cry and holds entries in Thursday's Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes and Friday's Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes.
Landikusic, the full-sister to Group 1 star and successful stallion Zoffany, was widely expected to prove a highlight, but although the bidding reached £950,000, this was short of her reserve.
The winning five-year-old, who is due in foal to Frankel on a 21st March cover, was consigned by The National Stud in Newmarket.
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