On the eve of a massive weekend for jump racing, it was flat legend Sea The Stars who made a massive impact yesterday afternoon as three of his foals took the Goffs sales ring by storm.
The first of the trio was the eagerly anticipated foal consigned by Al-Eile Stud and a filly out of dual 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo, with the hammer going down at €800,000 to bloodstock agent John McCormack.
Lot 685 was another filly, this one consigned by Jim Bolger's Redmondstown Stud and this was out of Scribonia.
Rob Spears bought the three-parts sister to both Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine, both of whom were trained by Bolger, and that too was knocked down at €800,000.
Late in the evening, though, it was the bay colt, lot 734, that topped the sales at an incredible €850,000 and, if making the racecourse, the son of Affianced and half brother to Irish Derby winner Soldier Of Fortune will carry familiar colours, as he was bought by John Clarke on behalf of the Tsui family, who owned Sea The Stars.
Clarke was also underbidder to John McCormack for the daughter of Finsceal Beo, but he later admitted to the purchase of the colt.
"He had it all," he said.