Yearling bought for €1.5m at Goffs sales
COLLECTING €1.5m is a good day's work for anyone, and so it proved at the Orby Sale in Goffs.
The manager of Redmondstown Stud, Ken Bolger, secured the biggest sale yesterday of a yearling to MV Magnier, the son of Coolmore tycoon John.
"I hope we don't have to be following him up now to get paid," Mr Bolger joked.
"We would have been expecting that kind of money anyway. You get what you pay for in this world."
The yearling was sired by Galileo, whose offspring commanded the top price at last year's sale of €2.85m.
"This one is going to be a supreme athlete," Mr Bolger predicted. "The pedigree is there, and he is by possibly the best sire in the world."
Yearling horses traded hands yesterday at a rate of 25 an hour, with more than 1,300 buyers from two dozen countries keeping auctioneers busy as the horses - at a rough average of €125,000 each - worked their way around the ring.