Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale sales-topper came late in the day, just 12 lots from the end of the concluding session, but the Mount Eaton Stud consigned colt (Lot 467) proved that he was worth waiting for when fetching €165,000.
By the leading second season sire No Nay Never, he was bought by Mick Kinane on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
"He is by the exciting sire No Nay Never, he is a lovely big horse who will need time," said Kinane. "It is nice to be able to buy one by the stallion."
The April-born colt is out of Rio's Pearl, a daughter of Captain Rio. She is an own sister to Listed winner Agony And Ecstasy and a half-sister to Medicine Jack (Equiano), winner of the Railway Stakes (G2) and third in the Phoenix Stakes (G1).
Breeder and consignor Philip Hore of Mount Eaton Stud was delighted, the sale being the second-best price ever achieved by the farm at Tattersalls Ireland.
"I feel as though I have bred a Royal Ascot winner!" he smiled, before adding: "He was always an easy, loose-moving foal. We did have him entered up to sell as a foal but decided to wait. He has done really well in the last three months, I am thrilled."
Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland struck gold in the first half hour of the session securing a son of the popular sire Exceed And Excel (Lot 252) for €95,000.
"He has been bought for a US-based client, Magic Cap Stables," said Reilly. "I am not sure yet whether this colt will be trained in the US or Europe, it is yet to be decided but the farm has had winners in Ireland with Jessie Harrington. He was my pick of today."
The two-day September Yearling Sale concluded with 388 lots sold for an aggregate of €9,415,500, a fall of 10% compared with 2018 but reflective of the 80-lot smaller catalogue.
The average price of €24,267 was just 5% off 2018's figure, while the median value of €20,000 was level with last year. The clearance rate over the two days was a strong 86% - up eight points on 2018.
Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale Part II starts tomorrow, Thursday 26 September at 10am.
All yearlings catalogued and offered at the 2019 September Yearling Sale and Part II are eligible for the €300,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes 2020 (T&C's apply).