Son Of Yeats Tops Opening Day Of Goffs Land Rover Sale
A son of Yeats topped the opening day of the 2019 Goffs Land Rover Sale when selling to trainer Martin Brassil for €185,000. The Rathmore Stud-consigned bay is a full-brother to Tintangle, a Listed bumper winner and Grade 1 placed over hurdles, while half-brother Tombstone is a Graded winner over fences and hurdles.
Commenting on his latest purchase, Brassil said, “I loved him from the first time I saw him yesterday morning, I was really taken with him so went back to see him a few times and he didn't disappoint any time. He's a full-brother to Tintangle, and if he could do what she - or any of his other siblings - have done he'd be well worth the money. Yeats is producing a nice, big, chasing type of horse now. He reminded me a lot of Longhouse Poet, a Yeats horse who we won a bumper with at Punchestown.”
Another son of Yeats to return a six-figure sum was Lot 271 consigned by Walshtown Stables on behalf of Barbara Kirby Coleman. Bred out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Riverside Theatre, he was knocked down to agent JD Moore and trainer Richard Spencer at €105,000.
Flemensfirth and Milan also each accounted for a pair of six-figure sales, with the former leading the way at €155,000, the price paid for Lot 162 from Ballincurrig House Stud. The son of Flemensfirth is the first foal out of a full-sister to Grade 1 performer Lucky To Be and a half-sister to the great Master Minded. Colin Bowe signed for well-related bay as Milestone Bloodstock and later said, “He is going to be going point-to-pointing and has been bought for a new syndicate with the plan being to buy a few nice stores. He’s a nice, scopey type by a sire we’ve been lucky with.”
Monbeg Stables were successful in purchasing the next most popular son of Flemensfirth, bred out of Grade 3 performer August Hill and consigned by Peter Nolan Bloodstock. Sean Doyle landed the winning bid of €110,000 and said, “He’s a lovely horse, a really good individual by a top sire and he’s got a pedigree to go with it too. Let’s just hope he stays sound and that’s he’s lucky. He will go down the point-to-point route next year.”
Unsurprisingly, Grange Stud resident Milan also proved popular, with Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls going to €150,000 for his Ballyreddin Stud-consigned son catalogued as Lot 76. He is out of a half-sister to the dams of talented chasers Robinsfirth (Flemensfirth) and Sraid Padraig, but it was his sire which attracted Malone, who said, “The sire has been very lucky for me in the past, through the likes of One For Arthur, and I just loved this horse. He’s a really good individual with a good page and he’s got a great attitude as well. Each time I went to see him he went about his business really well.”
At €105,000, Ryan Mahon came away with Lot 200, a Milan half-brother to Listed performer Mega Yeats (Yeats) consigned by Parkville Stud.
Looking to follow in Milan’s footsteps is younger Grange Stud recruit Leading Light, whose first three-year-old sell this summer. MV Magnier went to €70,000 for his first crop son consigned by Glen Stables as Lot 188. The first foal out of the mare, a half-sister to the Grade 2 placed Pym, he comes from the family of Grade 1 winners Liss A Paoraigh and Next Destination.