Sheiks join the Chinese as the big spenders at Goffs horse sale

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The partnership of Sheikh Fahad and Steve Parking have been the major buyers so far today at Goffs horse sale. The duo, who already co-own several horses, have bought a Galileo colt for €1.2 million. This colt was regarded as possibly the best in the sale, and the duo outbid MV Magnier to ensure ownership of a horse that is half-sister to Grade 3 winner Above Average. Sold by The Castlebridge Consignment, he was bred by Triermore Stud out of their high-class homebred Sent From Heaven, the 2009 Prestige Stakes winner who went on to run fourth in the 1,000 Guineas.  
"He was by some way the best colt in the sale," said David Redvers. "He ticked all the boxes. "
Joe Foley, representing Parkin, added: "He has a look of eagles. He was one of the real standouts and looks a stallion prospect - he's all class, all Galileo and if there was ever a stallion prospect, it's him.
Yesterday's leading buyer at Goffs , the China Horse Club, were back in action this morning, paying €290,000 for a half-sister to Wigmore Hall. Even experienced horse racing folk were surprised by events at Goffs outside Naas, yesterday. There were gasps in the auction room when the yearling sired by the legendary racehorse Frankel fetched €1.7 million. The filly was bought by Chinese racing enthusiast Teo Ah Khing of the China Horse Club. Another potential star on offer today is  (pictured above)  lot 303, the Frankel half-brother to Finsceal Beo bred and offered by Rathbarry Stud. But with five more Frankel yearlings still to come, there were still plenty more opportunities for the high-flyers at the Goffs Orby Sale to be parted from their cash. More than 1,300 buyers from around the world descended on the Co Kildare venue yesterday for the first day of the sale. Attendees included top trainer Aidan O'Brien and his son, flat jockey Joseph. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum of Dubai also came to view the latest Irish yearlings, along with Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of the Qatari Royal Family. Joey Cullen, marketing director of Goffs, expected the sales over yesterday and today to take in between €45m and €50m in total.  

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