First crop foals by Sea The Stars made a big splash during Day 3 of the Goffs November Sale on Thursday.
The 2009 European Horse of the Year commanded the auction’s top four prices during the final session of the Co. Kildare sale.
A Sea The Stars colt out of Irish stakes winner Affianced (Erins Isle) brought the highest price at 850,000 euros. John Clarke bought the colt on behalf of Sunderland Holdings from the consignment of Jim Bolger’s Redmondstown Stud.
He is a half brother to G1 winner Soldier of Fortune (Galileo) who won the 2007 Irish Derby and 2008 Coronation Cup.
Sea The Stars fillies from Finsceal Beo and Scribonia both brought 800,000 euros. The Sea The Stars – Senora Galilei filly that made 300,000 euros was the fourth highest on the leader-board.
Sea The Stars foals sold to buyers from Hong Kong, Turkey, North America and England and the three top prices comfortably surpassed the Goffs foal record set back in 1984 by a daughter of Golden Fleece.
The sale grossed 14.42 million euros for the 496 weanlings that were sold. The average price was up 15% to 29,079 euros. The clearance rate grew 8 points to 76%.
“Sea The Stars is an Irish legend like no other, so it is fitting he should dominate proceedings,” Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said. “However, I think even the most seasoned bloodstock observers have been taken aback by the unprecedented interest in his first crop of foals.”
Goffs will conduct its November breeding stock sale on Friday and Saturday, November 18 &19.
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