Kilkenny stud lands €3.5m jackpot
A Kilkenny stud hit the jackpot yesterday when Sheikh Mohammed's 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 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.
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!"
Godolphin also got the better of Coolmore on Tuesday to buy the most expensive yearling colt sold anywhere in the world - going to 3.6million guineas (€4m) for a Dubawi half-brother to St James's Palace Stakes winner Barney Roy.
In Navan, Irish Flat Jockeys championship leader Colin Keane maintained his challenge by notching a double. Having won the opening juvenile auction maiden aboard the Matthew Smith-trained Flaming Moon (11/10), the jockey then guided Kieran Cotter's Strong Johnson (7/2) to an all-the-way success in the sprint maiden.
Keane's title rival Donnacha O'Brien later cut the deficit to four (95-91) as he drove Degraves - trained by brother Joseph - to victory from fellow 13/8 joint-favourite Chiricahua in the two-year-old maiden over a mile.