Australia Colt Tops Goffs London Sale
A son of Australia topped the Goffs London Sale at Kensington Palace Gardens when selling to David Simcock for £520,000.
The Fozzy Stack-trained Mohican Heights (2c Australia - Mohican Princess, by Shirley Heights) won his sole start in a Leopardstown maiden last month and also appeals on pedigree, being closing related to multiple Stakes winner Eye Of The Storm (Galileo).
On his pricey purchase, Simcock commented, “We looked at the video of his debut, he's an interesting horse and bred to stay and I had a couple of clients who were interested so it's worked out.” Stack, meanwhile, afterwards said, “He deserved to make that price, as does every horse who wins a Leopardstown maiden first time out and is bred the way he's bred. He beat a nice field on debut and he's a very nice horse.”
Close behind Mohican Heights in terms of price was the Listed winner Pure Zen (3f Zoffany - Dolce Attesa, by Dr Fong), who almost got up to win the Group 2 Prix Sandringham earlier this month. Federico Barberini went to £500,000 for the mare consigned by Gianluca Bietolini.
It was unsurprising to see the progeny of Starspangledbanner in demand, given his excellent form so far this season, which encouraged Maura Gittins to go to £200,000 for American Lady (2f Starspangledbanner- Show Me Off, by Showcasing) consigned by Fozzy Stack’s Thomastown Castle. Second on debut, she subsequently finished fourth in Listed and Group 3 contests and holds entries in the Queen Mary Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes. The sole other offering by Starspangledbanner was Tinahalla, a colt who won a barrier trial at Naas for Aido McGuinness and who was knocked down to Richard Diaz at £105,000.
Not to be outdone, Requinto’s Curragh maiden winner Daughter In Law made £150,000 when selling to Badgers Bloodstock. Out of the Listed winning mare Shizao, she holds an entry in the Queen Mary Stakes.
Ivawood was another to celebrate a six-figure sale when Ollie Cole gave £120,000 for Ivatheengine, who followed up on a debut second when winning at Windsor at the end of May.