St Marks Basilica at Coolmore

High Demand Continues For St Mark’s Basilica Covers

St Mark’s Basilica’s first mares continued to return impressive figures at the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale, where they generated over €1million on the opening day of trade.

Mares offered in foal to the champion two and three-year-old made a bright start at Goffs, where they fetched up to €290,000, and turned up the tempo at Tattersalls, selling for up to 1.4million guineas and a session-topping 800,000gns.

Well-related winner Frisella continued the trend on Saturday when knocked down to Oceanic Bloodstock for €650,000. The six-year-old is a half-sister to Group performer Ricetta (Camelot) and hails from the top-class Juddmonte family of Kingman and Oasis Dream.

Love Conquers All (3f Fastnet Rock - Highest Ever, by Galileo) is another example of the beautifully-bred mares sent to St Mark’s Basilica in his first season at stud. The full-sister to dual Stakes winner and multiple Group-placed Joie De Soir (Fastnet Rock) brought a final bid of €420,000 from BBA Ireland.