Holy Roman foals all the rage at Goffs

Day two of the Goffs November Foal Sale featured a pair of six-figure youngsters for the ever-popular Holy Roman Emperor.

US-based Peter O’Callaghan, owner of Woods Edge Farm in Kentucky, was among the sire’s admirers, picking up a colt offered by Alexandra Whitehead’s Altenbach Bloodstock for €120,000.

The March-born colt (pictured) is out of the Alhaarth mare Laqataat from the family of Elnadim and Mehthaaf.

An Excelebration yearling colt out of the Kheleyf mare It’s True joined John Gosden after making £95,000 at Doncaster’s Premier Yearling Sale. His two-year-old full-brother Billy Dylan is a dual winner this season for Richard Hannon.

The pair’s Holy Roman Emperor half-brother, offered by breeder River Downs Stud, had plenty of fanciers at Goffs and it was Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock who struck the decisive bid of €105,000.

“He’s a smashing colt and he will be back for resale next year,” said Brown. “I loved the half-brother at Doncaster and he’s gone to John Gosden, so he will be working away for the pedigree next year. This colt is also by a very good stallion with international appeal, particularly in Hong Kong,”

Holy Roman Emperor is standing for €15,000 in 2018.

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