Siblings at Poetic Flare, Mother Earth among many Goffs
Siblings of recent classic winners are an extremely scarce commodity at public auction, but potential buyers will have the opportunity to purchase not one, but two of these yearlings on the first day of the Goffs Orby sale on September 28, and all within about 10 minutes.
The half-sisters of the heroine QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (G1) Mother Earth and scorer QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (G1) Poetic sparkle are cataloged respectively under lots 117 and 120, and are among the biggest eye-catchers among the 444 yearlings in this year’s Orby offer.
First comes the Sioux Nation brother of Mother Earth, whose strike at Newmarket was rounded off with success in the Rothschild Prize (G1), while another brother, Night colors , also won the Premio Dormello (G2).
The filly, which is presented by Whitehall Stud, was bred in Tipperary at Grenane House Stud, the family farm run by Mark Wallace. Having experienced Group 1’s success as a breeder and trainer, Wallace knows better than anyone the contrasting emotions generated by the great days on the track and the great days of sales.
“With Mother Earth, you know Aidan (O’Brien) is going to be right,” he said. “So when she goes to the races and you have the best jockeys in the world like Frankie Dettori or Ryan Moore, and the best trainer in the world training, that makes it fun.
“With our filly here you always worry that something will go wrong. After training I know only too well that if it can go wrong it normally does. But it’s nice to have a filly like her around here. It’s great to have something that sparks a little bit of interest, and when you go to Goffs there’s a picture of Mother Earth on every corner. “
There is a distinct possibility that there could be more to come too, as there is a Zoffany Mother Earth’s full brother in the field at Grenane House, while the mother, whom Wallace has said to be in poor health, is safely full of No No Never .
A busy and productive campaign for Poetic Flare, not only winning the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (G1) and St. James’s Palace Stakes (G1), but reaching the frame in the Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas (G1), the Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1), the Prix du Haras de Fresnay le Buffard Jacques le Marois (G1), and the Irish Champion Stakes (G1), kept up the morale at Clare Castle Stud, which offers the US Navy Flag half-sister of the latest celebrity Jim Bolger.
“It was very exciting to watch Poetic Flare, it made us proud and we were lucky that Mr. Bolger directed it so often as we have had enthusiasm throughout the year,” said Ben Avenel, who runs the Tipperary Farm on behalf of the owners, senior Coolmore figures Harry King, Maurice Moloney, David O’Loughlin and Dermot Ryan. “He’s been very consistent too and he’s given us a big boost this season.”
Dam Maria Lee joined the Clare Castle broodmares in 2018 when Poetic Flare was still a colt having been signed by Cormac McCormack at € 65,000 (US $ 74,003). The relation to Teofilo was already the mother of two-time goalscorer Glamorous Approach at that time, but Avenel explained that her father, Rock of Gibraltar , also had a special appeal.
“Rock of Gibraltar has done very well as a sire of dam, especially with horses like Kameko now we were therefore looking for a mare by him. Maria Lee was a beautiful proven mare so we said we would send her to US Navy Flag to support him in his freshman year.
“She completed the stallion so we thought it was a perfect match and we were very lucky to get this really nice filly out of mating. All the updates this year have been great and everything credit goes to Mr. Bolger for the Poetic Flare breeding and training. “
Other updates could also be considered as Avenel revealed that Maria Lee has had some exciting covers since producing the US Navy Flag filly.
“She has a beautiful Magna Grecia foal, she is a great walker with a beautiful head, and she is full of Camelot , so we can’t wait to see her foal next year, especially after Luxembourg won the Beresford Stakes (G2) so impressively, ”he said.
Regarding the physique of the filly, Avenel said: “She is a strong filly who walks well, she is very light and has a good spirit. She looks like a real 2 year old girl. She was raised, born, raised and prepared in Clare Castle and we have been very happy with her throughout.
“There is no pressure. The filly is very nice so she does the job on her own. I hope we find a few people who are interested in her and see what she does.”
Both Avenel and Wallace have been out in the field at Kildare Paddocks this weekend and reported that it had already been quite crowded in the first days of the inspections.
“There are already quite a few people here; there are British buyers, a few Americans and a lot of Irish, of course,” Avenel said. “We’ve been pretty busy already and it’s still early days. Goffs seems to have drawn a lot of people so we’re very happy so far.”
Wallace added: “There seems to be a lot of people around. Henry Beeby and his team at Goffs have done a really good job and it looks like there will be a lot of people for sale. I hope that equates to a lot. people opening their check books! There is no better place to buy a racehorse than in Ireland, so people from overseas have certainly come to the right country. “