Sea The Stars Colt One Of The Stars Of The Goffs Orby Book 2 Catalogue

A yearling parades at Kildare Paddocks | Sarah Farnsworth/Goffs

A full-brother to Group 3 winner Alpen Rose (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) is one of the star lots catalogued in the Goffs Orby Book 2 Sale on Sept. 28-29. One of 511 yearlings set to sell over the two-day stand, the colt (lot 712) is out of the winning Valais Girl (GB) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}).

Formerly the Goffs Sportsman's Sale, the re-named sale boasts alumni of the quality of GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. winners Gold Phoenix (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}) and River Boyne (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}), as well as GI Del Mar Oaks heroine Going Global (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}).

Some of the sires represented include Acclamation (GB), Blue Point (Ire), Bungleinthejungle (GB), Calyx (GB), Churchill (Ire), Cotai Glory (GB), Dark Angel (Ire), Dandy Man (Ire), Kodiac (GB), Mehmas (Ire), New Bay (GB), Oasis Dream (GB), Soldier's Call (GB) and Starspangledbanner (Aus).

Other lots of note are: lot 636, a half-brother to the stakes winner and group-placed Manhattan Jungle (Ire) (Bungle Inthejungle {GB}) by Shaman (Ire); a Magna Grecia (Ire) colt who is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Coral Beach (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) (lot 743); a Havana Grey (GB) filly out of a half-sister to multiple group winner and three-time Group 1-placed sire Soldier's Call (GB) (lot 902); an Advertise (GB) colt out of stakes winner and Group 1-placed Forever In Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead) (lot 912); stakes winner Action Point (Ire) (Blue Point {Ire})'s Ghaiyyath (Ire) half-brother is lot 968; lot 969 is a No Nay Never half-brother to stakes winner and Group 3-placed Royal Aclaim (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}); and lot 988, a colt by Kodi Bear (Ire) who is a full-brother to stakes winner and G1 Commonwealth Cup third Measure Of Magic (Ire).

Like the 2023 Goffs Orby Book 1 catalogue, all yearlings offered in Book 2 are eligible for the Goffs Two Million Series in 2024 with a guaranteed minimum prize fund of €2 million. The seven-furlong €1-million Goffs Million and the six-furlong €500,000 Goffs 500 will be run at the Curragh on the eve of next year's Orby week. A series of €50,000 bonuses will also be awarded to the winners of a variety of 2-year-old maidens on Irish racecourses throughout next season.

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “We are delighted to present a catalogue of real quality for Orby Book 2.  The support from breeders across Orby Book 1 and Book 2 has seen a significant increase this year and we are extremely grateful as it allows Goffs to deliver on our promise to provide the gateway to the world for Irish breeders and repay their trust.

“The 2-year-old strike rate and value synonymous with Orby Book 2 is what draws such a diverse group of buyers to this sale each year and, with the unique incentive of the Two Million Series where only Orby graduates will compete for a massive €2 million, there has never been a better time to buy a Goffs yearling.”

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