First-crop foals by Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) are being targeted by pin-hookers at the Arqana December Sale.
Toronado was popular at last month’s Tattersalls Sale when his foals sold to 190,000gns (AU$334,130) and his first through the sale-ring at Deauville made 90,000 euros (AU$128,655) on Saturday.
Catalogued as Lot 8, the colt is the first foal from Gaiete (Kentucky Dynamite) and was purchased by agent Jamie Railton for resale at one of the major yearling auctions next year. His dam won at Chantilly and was stakes-placed at Maisons-Laffitte.
The Arqana and Tattersalls foal sales results for the Swettenham/Al Shaqab shuttle sire will cause much interest for weanling buyers as they look to southern hemisphere foal sales in the middle of 2017.
“I am very excited about our new foals this spring especially the Toronado foals,” said Swettenham principal Adam Sangster.
“The whole country is talking about how good his foals are.
“The Toronado foals have been very well accepted in Europe this year.
“We hope that transfers into 2017 with our first foals by Toronado going through the weanling sales. It is very exciting indeed.”