West Australian owner-breeder Keith Biggs has sold Group 1 winning mare Sea Siren to Coolmore Stud.
Sea Siren helped Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock claim his first Australian premiership in 2011-12 with G1 victories in the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000.
The John O’Shea trained mare added another elite result earlier this season in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. She is back in Brisbane and Biggs will race her for the final time in the BTC Cup this Saturday.
Biggs knocked back a reported $2 million offer for Sea Siren last year, however, the sale went through this week in a deal brokered by agent James Bester.
Sea Siren (4m Fastnet Rock – Express A Smile by Success Express) is a younger half-sister to Sunspeed stallions Oratorio (Stravinsky) and Discorsi (Galileo). Their dam Express A Smile, who also foaled NZ G2 winner Lady Dehere (Dehere), died in March 2011.
Second dam Hold That Smile (Haulpak) won a G1 Karrakatta Plate and her older brother Carry A Smile was a G2 winner who stood for 16 years at Heytesbury Stud.
Biggs has enjoyed remarkable success with Coolmore. “Two of the first Group 1 winners that we bred here – Danelagh and Dizelle – were for Keith,” Coolmore manager Peter O’Brien said. “Her dam Express A Smile wasn’t very big, but Sea Siren was a good size as a foal and was a really good doer. We’ve come to expect that with the progeny of Fastnet Rock.”
– Karl Patterson