Banimpire record-breaker at Goffs Sale

Friday’s Goffs November Sale produced more records following the euphoria of this week’s foal sessions dominated by Sea the Stars.

The Jim Bolger trained Banimpire topped the first session of the breeding stock sale at a record breaking 2.30 million euros.  Oceanic Bloodstock’s Michel Zerolo bought her for owner Martin Schwartz after winning a bidding duel with Coolmore agent M V Magnier.

Banimpire (Holy Roman Emperor) was one of the leading three year-old fillies in Europe this term winning six races including the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes, G2 Royal Whip and G3 Ballysax Stakes.  She was also beaten a slither in the G1 Irish Oaks.

“She is a very high-class filly but we were at our limit,” Zerolo explained.  “She is a Group 1 winner in everything but name and could do very well in America next year.”

The Aga Khan’s draft proved popular with 12-year-old mare Alasha (Barathea) topping his draft at 260,000 euros.  Lodge Park Stud bought her with a Raven’s Pass covering.

Alasha was G1 placed in the English One Thousand Guineas and Canadian E.P. Taylor Stakes.  She is the dam of this term’s G3 Sceptre Stakes winner Alanza (Dubai Destination).

Rathbarry Stud sold a trio of broodmares in foal to its in-demand resident Acclamation.  Petite Spectre (Spectrum), the dam of G2 Coventry Stakes placegetter Rakaan (Bahamian Bounty), was the most expensive at 200,000 euros.

Pretty Demanding (Night Shift) and Glitter Baby (Danehill Dancer) filled out the shopping list for agent John Walsh.  “Obviously, the big attraction was the Acclamation coverings,” Walsh said.  “All three are nice mares.”

The Goffs November Sale concludes on Saturday.