Monday 14 October 2019

'I'm not often lost for words' - Kilkenny stud hits jackpot as Sheikh pays €3.5m for yearling colt

A Kilkenny stud sold a yearling colt for a big price at Tattersalls. (stock photo)
A Kilkenny stud sold a yearling colt for a big price at Tattersalls. (stock photo)

Thomas Kelly

A KILKENNY stud hit the jackpot when’s Sheikh Mohammed Godolphin operation forked out €3.5m for a yearling colt at Tattersalls Sale in Newmarket.

The Dubai-based operation beat off Coolmore to secure a son of Frankel and a half-brother to the brilliant Golden Horn, which won the Epsom Derby, the Coral-Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc in 2015.

The bidding developed into another intriguing head-to-head between MV Magnier of Coolmore and Anthony Stroud, representing the Sheikh.

The colt in question – consigned by Norelands Stud located in Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny – was ultimately knocked down to Stroud for 3.1million guineas (€3.5m).

The sale was another excellent result for Norelands, with a Siyouni half-brother to English 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia  having been knocked down to Magnier for 1.3million guineas (€1.6m) earlier in the day.

Harry McCalmont of Norelands told Tattersalls: "I am not often lost for words, but I think I am now. This is easily the best price we have had in the sales ring, and the second-best we achieved this morning!

"I have to thank my team - they have done a fabulous job, this colt walked around like a king today.

"There has been a lot of interest in him, there were some serious people who liked him, however you never know what is going to happen until you get to the ring."

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