Sea The Stars Colt highlight of the SGA Yearling Sale


A Sea the stars colt ensured that the top lot at the SGA sale in Milan would remain at 120,000 euros (140,680 US dollars) in the following years.

The well-made chestnut was presented as Lot 93 towards the end of the one-day event on September 19th, offered by Razza del Velino and comes from a family known in Italian circles.

“Sea The Stars, come on!” the auctioneer called in English with slowly starting bidding, before it started in larger denominations from € 50,000 upwards and finally Carlo Borsani and Scuderia Cocktail, the stable of Pietro Barbarito and Giampiero Soccini, were knocked down.

The person born in mid-May comes from March Madness, a Noverre mare who was useful to the Botti family. She is already responsible for The Conqueror , a top sprinter who has won many group and list races in Italy over the past three seasons, and Candy store , a group winner Lope de Vega Mare.

The same team had previously helped and Almanzor Fillies (lot 63) jump to the top of the pile with € 90,000 ($ 105,510).

Giovanni Parri’s powerful Allevamento LeGi was the first foal of the classy epaulette mare Field of Roses. The filly, born in April, has a lot of talent under her third mother, the Premio Dormello (G3) winner Marina Duff, including the Italian Oaks (G1) third soprano Mariduff.

Almanzor has been a name on the lips of buyers in a variety of jurisdictions over the past year.

Ribchester , who appeared on stage at the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (G2) six years ago that day, should achieve a decent result with the sale of a € 64,000 ($ 75,029) colt (lot 40) to an accomplished Italian Trainer Valfredo Valiani.

The eventual mile champion for Richard Fahey and Godolphin had his first runner on the track this season since his tenure at Kildangan Stud, and this particular person had a lot to recommend about him on his side.

The colt offered again by Velino comes from the Barathea mare Ars Nova, who was placed in the game Zoffany and No no never .

Milan’s La Maura racecourse had a decent crowd and a social atmosphere, with the ring itself under a marquee, but trade seemed to be mostly domestic.

An early outlier was the activity of Mick Murphy and Sarah O’Connell of Longways Stables in County Tipperary, which a Mehmas Colt (lot 32) for 50,000 € (58,616 US dollars) apparently as a newcomer.

The colt, born in April, from the CL Weld Park Stakes family (G3) winner Rag Top is a half-brother of Richard Hannon’s young winner It’s the only way , later successful in the Premio Bersaglio when he was transferred to Italy.

Italy’s flagship yearling sales have spiked sales well in excess of € 120,000 in less depressing times, and 2020 results have generally been quite disappointing – regardless of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – with numbers drastically lower than last year.

Even if the results weren’t so high that they raised many eyebrows, at least the situation hadn’t worsened.

About 90 of 136 lots sold at a turnaround rate of 66%, roughly the same as last year, but the total of € 1,777,000 ($ 2,083,230) was a slight improvement, as was the average of € 19,744 ( $ 23,146) versus € 19,655, and a median of € 13,000 ($ 15,140) versus € 11,000.


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