$320,000 for Rip Van Winkle Colt

A triple Group I winning son of Galileo, Rip Van Winkle kicked a big goal at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on Friday with a colt from his first Southern Hemisphere bred crop of foals.

Shuttling to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, Rip Van Winkle made a splash with his only entry at this sale, a colt from Linnet that made $320,000 for Coolmore when secured by Gerald Ryan/Jadeskye Racing.

The second foal of a daughter of Group II winner Balinchy, the colt was a successful pinhook having been bought by Tom Magnier from the NZB Select Weanling Sale last year for $75,000.

“I loved the sire as a racehorse and when I first saw this colt at the farm six weeks ago I marked him down then as one I’d like to buy.” Gerald Ryan said.

“I thought he was one of the best colts in their (Coolmore) draft. He’s a lovely horse, he’ll race for some existing owners. They liked him as much as I do.”

Rip Van Winkle has 37 lots catalogued for sale in the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale that commences at Karaka on January 27.

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