Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A colt by leading sire Speightstown hammered for slightly over $408,000 in U.S. dollars ($320,000 Guineas) during the first session of the April 15-17 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up sale, the second-highest price of the prestigious European 2-year-old auction
The juvenile is out of the Royal Academy mare Sleepytime, a Group 1 winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. The winning bidder was Mandore International’s Nicholas de Watrigant, on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing from the Irish Friarstown Bloodstock, Ltd. Consignment.
"He's the best two-year-old I ever sat on," John Egan of Friarstown Stud following the sale.
"I don't do a lot with them at home, I don't start asking any questions, but this will be a good horse. I hope he is really lucky for his new owners."
A video of the colt's breeze can be seen here
Sleepytime is the dam of four winners, including the Group 3 winner Gentleman's Deal (IRE) and the North American stakes winner Dame Ellen.
Sleepytime's siblings include full sister Ali-Royal, winner of the Group 1 Sussex S., and the mare Oonagh MacCool, familiar to American audiences with her victories in the Rampart H. (G2) at Gulfstream Park and Louisville Breeders' Cup H. (G2) at Churchill Downs.