The record-breaking top lot at last week's Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-up Sale has been returned by the purchaser and has subsequently been bought privately by Kia Joorabchian's Amo Racing.
The Dark Angel (Ire) colt out of Venturous Spirit (Fr) (Arch) had been bought as a yearling at the Arqana October Sale for €6,000 by Jerry Horan and Katharina Irmer and was knocked down in the ring last Thursday at £410,000. The colt was initially bought by Richard Brown for an undisclosed client. Brown's underbidder Alex Elliott was later contacted by the vendor and agreed a private sale on behalf of Amo Racing.
Elliott said, “Kia is very supportive of young people throughout the industry and he felt very bad for the young guys who had sold him, Kat and Jerry. It's a risk to do what we've done but we think we are potentially getting some value, especially as we absolutely loved the horse at the sale. We felt he was a special colt, he did a really good breeze, and we've had a bit of a reduction since he's been returned. Kia was keen to support the vendors and the horse has gone to George Boughey. We're very excited to have him.”