Marooned mare Lip Service topped the Geisel Park dispersal when knocked down for $37,500 at Belmont Park on Sunday.
Geisel Park owner Eddie Rigg has decided to downsize his breeding interests and catalogued 48 lots that grossed $467,600 at the Perth Magic Millions Spring Sale.
Lip Service was purchased by Tony Patrizi with a colt foal by War Chant. She has foaled 4 winners from 4 to the races headed by Express Service (Danehill Express), a feature winner of the LR Challenge Stakes, Coolgardie Cup and MM Perth 3YO Trophy.
The Blackfriars – Lip Service yearling filly equalled her dam’s asking price when purchased by trainer Michael Grant.
Next best on the leader-board was a War Chant yearling filly out of winning Oratorio mare Hot Tamale. She was bought by trainer Paul Jordan for $32,500.
The first yearling sold at auction by Shamardal Group 1 winner Gingerbread Man was purchased by trainer Brett Pope for $23,000. The Yarradale Stud sire got him from Stratum mare Strata Attraction who is a half-sister to Sydney Group 3 winner Continuum.
“Geisel Park has grown from a hobby over the past 10 years,” Rigg said. “You need to be hands on to keep at the forefront of the industry and I don’t have the time to commit to a sizeable operation.
“I wish those people who bought the mares and yearlings all the very best. I will keeping my racing interests and I’m looking forward to having fun at the races in the future.”