A colt closely related to Moutonshoek’s beautifully bred new sire,fetched €650 000 at the Goffs Orby Sale this week.
From the first crop of champion Kingman, and consigned by the Baroda & Colbinstown Studs, the colt was knocked down to prominent trainer Roger Varian as the third top lot sold at Ireland’s premier thoroughbred auction.
Varian said of his buy, “”I thought he was a fantastic specimen. We had to dig a little deeper than we thought we’d have to but he had so much quality and is a terrific advert for his sire.”
Catalogued as lot 444, the colt is out of the winning Pivotal mare Go Lovely Rose –a full-sister to dual G1 winner Immortal Verse, the Champion 3yr Old Filly in England in 2011 . Third dam Mill Princess, dam of champion sire Last Tycoon, is the fourth dam of G1 winner The United States, who retired to South Africa this year.
The United States’ full-sister Hydrangea, winner of the G1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes last time out, is a possible contender for Sunday’s G1 Prix de l’Opera Longines at Chantilly this weekend.
Hydrangea, who has twice beaten the brilliant filly Winter, has banked more than £500 000 in prize money and has won or placed in seven major features.
Her own brother, who has shown himself to be tremendously fertile, won seven races (four group races) and over $2 million, with The United States scoring his biggest victory when triumphant in the G1 Ranvet Stakes.
He shares his great sire Galileo with top sires Frankel, New Approach and Teofilo, as well as the very promising stallions Nathaniel, and Intello.