Ghaiyyath’s brother steals the show as Godolphin go to €1.2 million
Ghaiyyath’s full-brother had been billed as the headline act of the Goffs November Foal Sale, and the sizeable crowd who gathered around the ring on Wednesday evening were not disappointed when the son of Dubawi was knocked down to Godolphin for an auction-topping €1.2 million.
Anthony Stroud was entrusted with bidding duties, and saw off a bold play by David Redvers to land the regally bred youngster from the top tier of the packed auditorium high to the right of Henry Beeby’s rostrum.
“He’s a very attractive foal,” said Stroud. “Dubawi is the most wonderful stallion, and obviously we have this colt’s full-brother, Ghaiyyath, by him. He’ll be a good addition to Godolphin’s homebred programme. That was our last bid, we weren’t going to go any further, but we’re very happy to get him.”
The most expensive colt foal sold at auction in Ireland is Lot 749 @Goffs1866 the €1.2m @DarleyStallions Dubawi brother to G1W Ghaiyyath and half brother to G1W Zhukhova. Bred by the Weld family and consigned by @TheCastlebridge he will join his older brother @godolphin pic.twitter.com/5t9an78CtV
— Aisling Crowe (@AisCrowe) November 20, 2019
The colt is out of Nightime, who became the first offspring of Galileo to win at the highest level when she claimed the Irish 1,000 Guineas in 2006.
The seven-figure youngster is not the first member of her brood to join the Godolphin fold, as Sheikh Mohammed’s operation also owns Grosser Preis von Baden winner Ghaiyyath, who topped the 2015 November Foal Sale at €1.1m, Man O’ War Stakes heroine Zhukova, a 3,700,000gns purchase as a broodmare prospect, the 450,000gns Midnight Fair, and her yearling colt by Dubawi, who fetched 700,000gns last year.
The colt was offered by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Dermot Weld’s Springbank Way Stud, and the delighted breeder was among the assembled onlookers who saw the colt top the sale.
“She’s been a wonderful mare,” Weld said of Nightime, who he trained on behalf of his late mother, Marguerite. “Most important of all to me was the enjoyment and pleasure she gave my mother when we won the Irish 1,000 Guineas with her.”
The master trainer went on to explain that it had been his mother’s idea to send Caumshinaun to Galileo for the mating that resulted in Nightime. He said: “It was my mother who decided to breed Caumshinaun to Galileo during his first year at stud – she really believed in Galileo.
“We raced Caumshinaun together too, she was a champion at four and is from such a great family. Nightime has been a wonderful producer for us.”
There could be plenty more to come from the family too, as Weld said that Nightime’s two-year-old Golden Horn half-sister, Syke, has been pleasing him in her work, and that the blue hen herself is in foal to Kingman.
“She’s in wonderful condition and she’s got a place of honour at Springbank Way,” he added of Nightime. “We just keep five mares at the stud nowadays, but they’re all Group or Listed performers so it’s a very select band.”
Earlier in the session Weld also sold a Dark Angel colt out of Nightime’s daughter, Sleeping Beauty, to Mc Mahon and Hill Bloodstock for €130,000.
Weld also turned buyer on two occasions during the November Foal Sale, having secured a Profitable filly out of Kasanka at €55,000 and a Free Eagle filly, who was purchased on behalf of his grandchildren, at €10,000.