Shanghai Bobby in demand at Newmarket
Shanghai Bobby’s first-crop yearlings made a big splash at the recent US sales and the brilliant juvenile’s only offering at Tattersalls this week was also in demand. Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Thousandfold, the colt realised 240,000gns ($306,000) when offered from the Cashman family’s Co Cork-based Rathbarry Stud. Thousandfold had been bought carrying the colt for $130,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale by John Tyrrell of BBA Ireland. Irish breeeze-up king Willie Browne signed the buyer’s ticket but reported that his purchase was heading beck across the Atlantic to be reoffered next year by Ciaran Dunne. "He has been bought on behalf of Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables to breeze in the US, I wish he was coming to me,” said Browne. "I saw a lot of the sire's stock in Keeneland - they are very nice and he is very typical. "They might be pulling together an ownership syndicate and I hope I can be involved too.” Paul Cashman of Rathbarry Stud added: “He was a big, strong imposing colt with good limbs, a great attitude and a real easy walk. He ticked all the boxes and is exactly the type of horse you’d want - they’re just hard to come by. We’re lucky to have had a horse like that.” Shanghai Bobby’s first crop made up to $575,000 at Keeneland in September.