€1.8 million for Frankel filly
A new record for the highest priced foal ever sold in Ireland was set when Al Eile Stud’s daughter of Frankel and dual Classic winner Finsceal Beo (Lot 897) sold for €1,800,000 to Dermot Farrington at the Goffs November Foal Sale.
Taken from European Bloodstock News, 21st November 2014:
The months of anticipation that have accompanied the appearance of first Frankel's first foals at public auction came to fruition in landmark style at the Goffs November Sale yesterday as a daughter of the late Sir Henry Cecil’s all time great and Finsceal Beo (Lot 897) sold to agent Dermot Farrington for €1.8m to cap a record breaking sale for Goffs.
In establishing a new record price for a foal in Ireland – which had previously been set by an €850,000 member of Sea The Star’s first crop here in 2011 – the Al-Eile Stud consigned daughter of Frankel is also the highest priced foal to have come under the hammer in Europe for 12 years.
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Furthermore, the filly was continuing her dam’s outstanding record in this sales ring. A Sea The Stars filly out of the mare made €800,000 as a foal here in 2011, while in 2013 the now unbeaten winter Derby favourite and Gr.2 Beresford Stakes hero Ol’ Man River fetched €2.85m to top the Orby Sale.
Before the filly even entered the ring every vantage point was taken and the auditorium was positively bristling with
anticipation before the bidding even got underway. Auctioneer Henry Beeby asked for an opening bid of €2m and to the surprise of many he was rewarded with a response of €1.5m from Philip Stauffenberg. For a brief period it looked as if this bold ploy would pay maximum dividends, but Dermot Farrington then entered the fray with a bid of €1.6m.
Stauffenberg then responded to bring the price to €1.7m, but he was unable to counter any further when Farrington quickly matched that offer.
“I’m very happy to have gotten her. Obviously she was a standout filly and ones like her just don’t come up for auction too often. She’s been bought for an undisclosed client and I can’t say any more than that. She will stay in Ireland for the time being although beyond that I’m not sure what the intention is,” said Farrington.
After seeing the daughter of the winner of the Gr.1 Prix Marcel Boussac, Gr.1 Irish 1000 Guineas and Gr.1 1000 Guineas heroine change hands, Al-Eile Stud’s Michael Ryan expressed his delight with the sale as well as confirming that the mare’s Galileo yearling filly has joined Jim Bolger: “We’re absolutely delighted and she made more than we hoped. We were box walking all day waiting for her to sell. She’s a really lovely model and I wish the purchaser all the very best with her.”