WITHIN minutes of each other on Friday, Knocktoran and Ringfort Studs received 300,000gns each, the former for a son of Lope De Vega and the latter for a filly from the first crop of the four-time Group 1 winning sprinter Blue Point.
The son of Lope De Vega is from an outstanding family and was bought by Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland from Brendan and Anne Marie Hayes’ Knocktoran Stud.
“He is a new client to me; he is an end user,” said Donohoe. “The foal will going back to Norelands Stud from here. We will get him broke and put him into training, and decide then as regards plans.
“The sire has been lucky for me. This is a beautiful colt, he is from an excellent breeder and, with a great pedigree, it made sense. We are following some of these nice foals through and if we think they represent value then we will go in, if not we let them off. We are not chasing them.
The colt is the fourth foal of his dam Mayhem, a Group 3 winner whose first two foals are winners, including the stakes winner and group-placed Sky Angel. Her third offspring is a Sea The Stars yearling filly.
A filly by first-crop sire Blue Point sold for 300,000gns to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock.
Bred in partnership by Derek and Gay Veitch’s Ringfort Stud and Melina Hancock, she is out of the stakes winning Sir Percy mare Indigo Lady and a half-sister to Group 2 winner Indie Angel.
“I can’t say who she is for; she’s an absolutely gorgeous filly. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her; she is an absolute queen, a belter. She is very much a racing prospect, she is not coming back!”
Of the hopes for Blue Point, Goff said: “He wasn’t just an older sprinter, he won the Gimcrack; he was the real deal. I think he has got a fantastic chance, and he is by Shamardal. I have seen all of those by him who have been offered, and a lot on the farms. This was by far and away the best. “
Ringfort Stud sold Indie Angel for 600,000gns as a foal in 2017 and she is owned by Cheveley Park Stud.