Montjeu record-breaker at Goffs Orby Sale

A colt by deceased champion sire Montjeu from Group 1 filly Finsceal Beo starred at the Goffs Orby yearling sale on Thursday.

He was sold to Coolmore Stud for 2.85 million euros during the second and final session of the Irish Sale.  M V Magnier did best in a duel with agent Ross Doyle and trainer Richard Hannon Jr for the colt who was bred and sold by Michael Ryan under his Al Eile Stud banner.

The price is the highest for a yearling in the Northern Hemisphere this year and the second highest in sale history behind Authaal (Shergar) who sold for 3.10 million euros in 1984.

The Goffs leader is from Europe’s 2006 Champion 2YO Filly who won the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac for Ryan and trainer Jim Bolger.  The following season, she captured the G1 English and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and finished a close second in the French equivalent at Longchamp.

Finsceal Beo (Mr. Greeley) is a half sister to 2010 German 2000 Guineas winner Frozen Power.  Her first two foals, Finsceal Flor (Galileo) and Too The Stars (Sea The Stars) are unraced.  “He’s a very good mover and all the lads thought he was an exceptional Montjeu,” Magnier told Racing Post.  “It’s plenty of money but obviously he’s very well bred.

“Montjeu has been very good to us,” Magnier said.  “They’re not making them anymore, but hopefully we’ll have two exciting sons, Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey, to stand for us next year.”

Also at the final session, Magnier bought a Galileo half sister to French G1 winner Lord Shanakill for the sale’s second highest price of 680,000 euros.  The filly is from unraced Theatrical mare Green Room who is a half sister to 1999 G1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes winner Spanish Fern.

Magnier was the sale’s leading buyer by aggregate and average price, with five horses bought for 4.54 million euros an average of 909,000 euros.

The final session also saw the father-son team of Peter and Ross Doyle go to the sale’s third-highest price of 580,000 euros for an Acclamation filly out of Irish stakes winner Galistic.

The Day 1 session topping filly by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass out of G3 French mare Albisola ended up as the Orby Sale’s fourth-highest price at 520,000 euros.  She was bought by Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Co.

“The top price was obviously a highlight and so was the improved clearance rate of 87% from a larger catalogue,” Goffs CEO Henry Beeby said.  “Orby 2012 was a spectacular success with a 47% leap in average so, to build on that with an average that has advanced by another 28%, is especially pleasing.”

“We have ensured a truly international buying bench from all over the globe following targeted marketing trips alongside our friends at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.  We have welcomed buyers from 25 countries, including increased numbers from Japan, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”