Lot 222 proved to be the pinhook result of the session and was the second colt to sell for a six-figure sum. Offered by Beechvale Stud and by leading first-season sire Mehmas, the colt fetched £190,000, a great return on his foal purchase price of just €19,000.
Since last November the pedigree has enjoyed a significant update – the colt is now a half-brother to the Group 1 Matron Stakes winner Champers Elysees.
"He was a very athletic foal, and we really liked him to spend €19,000 on him," said Tara Armstrong of Beechvale Stud, which is based in Lisburn, near Belfast. "Champers Elysees had finished second in the Birdcatcher so we were hopeful she would go on and we thought Mehmas might have big chances to become leading first-season sire, too. My Dad has looked after the colt since last year so it is all down to him.”
Purchaser Joe Foley, signing for Clipper Logistics, said: “I hadn’t thought about it! [the price]. He is a particularly nice colt. The mare is good, and has bred two good Elzaams."
"Obviously Champers Elysees is there, but even without her he was a lovely colt and obviously the sire has done very well so I’m pleased to get him."
Clive Cox, a consistent supporter of the September Sale, went to £75,000 for the Red Jazz Full-brother to the Group 2 winner Snazzy Jazzy (Lot 72) , a 2016 graduate of this sale and trained by Cox, while Katie Walsh bought a Kingman filly (Lot 98) from the family of Intercontinental and Hasili for £70,000 as a breeze-up prospect.
The September Yearling Sale continues tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September starting at 10.00am