Above: Lot 165 – Starspangledbanner x Dalakania (Ire) (colt)

A colt by Rosemont’s reverse shuttler Starspangledbanner topped proceedings at the opening session of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale on Tuesday, knocked down to Richard Ryan for £170,000 (AU$308,837).

Catalogued as Lot 165, the colt was imported over the channel by Anna Sundstrom of Coulonces Sales, who last year consigned a Wootton Bassett (GB) colt now known as Legion Of Honour (GB) that Ryan took home for £280,000 (AU$508,673).

He is trained for Teme Valley 2 by Roger Varian and was a promising second on debut at Haydock in June. The Starspangledbanner colt was purchased in the same interest and will likewise head to Varian.

“He was the star of the show,” Ryan said of the session-topper. “The best in the sale in our opinion, and in the opinion of the trainer. We also bought a very nice horse here last year from the same vendor, for whom we have high hopes.

“Starspangledbanner gets winners out of all sorts of mares and all sorts of pages, but only very rarely will they have that kind of look at this age – that scope and quality, backed up by a top-class pedigree. It’s a beautiful family.”

Sundstrom was ecstatic that her Doncaster migrations had once again proved so lucrative. This colt was co-bred with Charlotte Hutchinson as the first foal of a Dalakhani (Ire) half-sister to G2 Grand Prix de Deauville winner Ziyad (GB) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}), cheaply culled by the Wertheimer brothers at the Arqana Autumn Sale of 2017.

“Charlotte is my head girl and was leading him up,” said Sundstrom. “She bought the mare out of training, she only cost €16,000. We love Starspangledbanner, we’ve had a lot of luck with him, so he was an obvious choice for Dalakania.

“We love Starspangledbanner, we’ve had a lot of luck with him, so he was an obvious choice for Dalakania.” – Anna Sundstrom

“It’s the most fantastic thing that he’s going to Roger Varian. And a fantastic result in a market like this. It just shows that there are people there for good horses. It’s difficult to know when things are like this, we knew he had a lot of people interested, but I didn’t think he could make this much. It’s incredible.

“Goffs has been very good to us. The results on the track from horses we sold here include Laurens and Nickajack Cave, so it’s easy to come back.”

Earlier in the session, a colt by former Coolmore shuttler Caravaggio (USA) sold to Howson & Houldsworth and Joseph O’Brien for £75,000 (AU$136,252).

Consigned by Limekiln Stud, the colt is out of winning Ravens Pass (USA) mare Vitello (GB), who herself is out of the stakes placed Vitoria (Exceed And Excel).

Above: A son of Churchill (Ire) [pictured] was purchased for £62,000 (AU$112,635) by Jamie Osbourne | Standing at Coolmore

Jamie Osbourne also struck for a son of Coolmore’s Churchill (Ire), taking the colt from the Ballyhane draft home for £62,000 (AU$112,635).

Catalogued as Lot 104, he is out of dual stakes winner Beyond Desire (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), who is also responsible for Listed Lansdown S. winner Queen Of Desire (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). Further down the page is G2 Zipping Classic winner Beautiful Romance (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) and Coolmore sire Mastercraftsman (GB).

Notably absent from Tuesday’s buying sheet was Shadwell who have been the leading buyers at the Premier Yearling Sale for five years running.

At the 2019 sale alone, Sheikh Hamdan’s buying team signed for 17 yearlings at an aggregate just shy of £2 million (AU$3,637,740) and after a stellar year on the track so far in 2020, their absence has caused some concern for consigners.

Overall the day finished with an average of £36,687 (AU$66,649), down from the average of £49,202 (AU$89,385) at last year’s opening session, while the median sat at £30,000 (AU$54,500) compared to £38,000 (AU$69,034) on Day 1 last year.

The day’s aggregate was down by a third compared to the same session last year, with £6,970,500 (AU$12,663,256) changing hands compared to £10,578,500 (AU$19,217,883) in 2019. The number of six-figure lots was the most notable change in numbers with nine breaking into six figures on Tuesday, topped at £170,000 (AU$308,380), compared to 19 on the first day in 2019 which was topped by a £440,000 (AU$799,345) Kingman (GB) colt.

Article courtesy of TDN