ANTHONY Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock made a very significant contribution to this year’s auction with his spending taking in a pair of €100,000 lots.
The first of these was a daughter of Inns Of Court who was bought on behalf of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. This €30,000 foal was sold by Tally-Ho Stud and she is a half-sister to three winners from the family of the Group 1 victor Imperial Dancer. She will be trained by Joseph O’Brien.
Later in the second session Bromley went to €100,000 for a son of Sioux Nation from Tom Burns’ Gibbinstown Stud. Sioux Nation ended the sale as the leading sire by aggregate and his exploits with his first crop of runners this year meant that connections were always likely to receive a fine dividend on the €20,000 he cost as a foal.
This colt was bought for owners Andrew and Jane Megson whose colours were recently carried to Group 2 success by Polly Pott in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. He will be trained Ben Pauling, who also has care of this horse’s Megson-owned half-brother and Swinton Hurdle second Severance. Pauling will also take charge of the aforementioned Polly Putt when Harry Dunlop retires at the end of the season.
Over the two days, Bromley and Highflyer spent €356,000 on seven yearlings.
A memorable sale for Shane Power’s Tradewinds Stud resulted in the Kildare-based operation producing the week’s €115,000 top lot which came in the shape of a son of New Bay who was snapped up by agent Alex Elliott.
This represented an excellent return on the €24,000 that it cost to secure this colt at Goffs last November and since then his four-year-old half-sister All Lies Ahead has won and been placed for Willie McCreery. Further back this is a fine Ballylinch family that has produced the likes of the Australian Group 1 winner Opinion and the Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Priory Belle.
Elliott, who has quite a record of sourcing future talent from this sale, reported that his purchase was for Australian client Brad Spicer and that this colt would begin his racing career in the southern hemisphere.
There was further cheer for Tradewinds the previous afternoon when a Due Diligence filly who cost a mere €6,000 as a foal realised €78,000 on her return to the ring when bought by Joe Foley.
A feature of the sale was the demand for the first crop of the French Group 2 winner and dual Group 1 runner-up Inns Of Court and the Tally-Ho Stud resident achieved the notable feat of supplying two of the week’s six-figure lots.
The more expensive of these was a €110,000 colt from Mountain View Stud whom agent Ed Sackville purchased on behalf of the Manor House Farm operation of John and Jess Dance. This colt is a half-brother to the smart two-year-old Haikbidiac.
Sackville’s other spending took in a €95,000 son of Starspangledbanner out of a winning half-sister to the Australian Group 1 scorer Magic Hurricane and an €80,000 Mehmas filly from Grove Stud who is closely related to the stakes-winning Sirici. Both were bought on behalf of Manor House Farm.