Sunday 11 December 2016

'Supermodel and athlete rolled into one' - €1.7m for Frankel filly at Goffs sale

Jane O'Faherty

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

Lacey Dowse, from Baroda and Colbinstown stud in Newbridge, with a yearling colt whose sire was Big Bad Bob and the dam was Tekhania at the Goffs Orby Sale in Kildare yesterday
Lacey Dowse, from Baroda and Colbinstown stud in Newbridge, with a yearling colt whose sire was Big Bad Bob and the dam was Tekhania at the Goffs Orby Sale in Kildare yesterday
Joanne Lavery, from Dublin, with a grey yearling filly at the Goffs Orby Sale
Teo Ah Khin, from the China Horse Club, after buying the Frankel filly out of the champion mare Alexander Goldrun for €1.7m
Jockey Joseph O’Brien; Philippa Mains and Brittany Dixon, from Anglia Blockstock in Newmarket, view yearlings

She's a supermodel filly who won't get out of the stable for less than €1.7m.

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With her glossy brown coat and distinctive white nose, this yearling was always going to turn heads.

However the fact that she was sired by the legendary racehorse Frankel put her in a different class altogether.

There were audible gasps in the sales room at Goffs yesterday as bidding for the filly steadily climbed from the hundreds of thousands of euro to over €1m - and kept going.

When the hammer finally fell, Chinese racing enthusiast Teo Ah Khing of the China Horse Club had parted with an eye-watering €1.7m for the Frankel filly.

But with five more Frankel yearlings still to come, there were still plenty more opportunities for the high-flyers at the Goffs Orby Sale to be parted from their cash.

More than 1,300 buyers from around the world descended on the Co Kildare venue yesterday for the first day of the sale - among them racing royalty and actual royalty.

Attendees included top trainer Aidan O'Brien and his son, flat jockey Joseph. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum of Dubai also came to view the latest Irish yearlings, along with Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of the Qatari Royal Family.

And listening to Henry Beeby, chief executive of Goffs, explain the attraction of the Frankel filly, one would be forgiven for thinking she was a cross between Cindy Crawford and Usain Bolt.

"The only way you can put it into human terms is a supermodel and an athlete rolled into one," said Mr Beeby.

"When it went over a million, there were five different bidders. That demonstrates her broad appeal," he added.

Independent bloodstock agent Mick Flanagan assisted Mr Teo with his successful purchase.

"It's very hard to knock her," Mr Flanagan told the Irish Independent. "She's got great depth, balance."

Joey Cullen, marketing director of Goffs, expected the sales over yesterday and today to take in between €45m and €50m in total.

He added that Ireland's top-class reputation for horse breeding was down to its ideal climate.

Irish Independent

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