Rip Van Winkle has enjoyed a sensational autumn in the auction ring and a colt from his first-crop stole the show at Tattersalls on Monday when making 200,000gns to top the December Yearling Sale.
Bred by Richard Moses in Wales, the colt is out of the Rainbow Quest mare Aurelia and was prepared for the sale by David and Trish Brown at Furnace Mill Stud.
He caught the eye of many buyers but it was Patrick Cooper of BBA Ireland who struck the final bid with Japanese purchaser Ryoichi Ohtsuka coming off second best.
“He’ll be going to Ireland and will go into training with either Jessica Harrington or David Wachman. He’s a very nice horse,” Cooper told EBN.
Moses, who had a Canford Cliffs filly foal out of Aurelia this year, was understandably delighted with the result.
“I am over the moon – this is beyond my wildest dreams! It’s all down to Trish and David. We are
based in Carmarthenshire and we have two mares, both of them at home. It is family affair and we do everything – all the foaling, but we send them to Trish and David to prep,” said Moses.
The youngster was a second sale-topper in under a week for Rip Van Winkle, who headed trade at the Goffs November Foal Sale with a 420,000 euros colt. Rip Van Winkle’s yearlings have been all the rage this year with prices of 400,000gns, 300,000gns, 280,000 euros, 230,000gns, 240,000 euros etc.