The first three mares in foal to FRANKEL to sell at auction in Europe averaged €750,000 at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale on Friday (22nd November) – over five times FRANKEL's covering fee of £125,000.

The first of the three was Song (Sadler’s Wells), an unraced seven-year-old sister to Gr.1 winners Yesterday and Quarter Moon. Consigned as part of the Paulyn Dispersal, she sold for €1 million to John Egan, who commented: “She looks a nice asset for Friarstown Stud. We’re looking for top mares and she fitted the criteria.”

St Simon Stakes Gr.3 winner Hazel Lavery (Excellent Art), consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment, was the second of the three mares. She highlighted the market value of a FRANKEL cover when selling to Ed Sackville for €850,000 – a significant increase on the 280,000 guineas she fetched when sold in 2012.

“She’s been bought for an existing client to stay in Europe. She’s a beautiful mare and she’s in foal to the greatest racehorse there’s ever been,” commented Sackville.

South African Gr.1 winner Chocolicious followed a few lots later. Consigned by Ballyhane Stud on behalf of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, sold with a covering to Southern Hemisphere time, she was bought for €400,000 by Oliver St Lawrence.

Date: 25 November 2013