Yeomanstown's Sharmardal colt pursuit pays off.
THE decision to pursue a Shamardal colt beyond the sale ring paid off in some style yesterday for Yeomanstown Stud when they resold him at the Goffs Orby Sale for EUR155,000 to Aidan O'Ryan, writes Nancy Sexton.
The County Kildare-based operation, owned by Gay O'Callaghan, had missed the colt at Tattersalls last November, when he was bought back by breeder Derek James for 16,000gns. So when the O'Callaghans were sorting through the sale's results on their way back to Ireland, it was decided the son of minor winner Reeling N' Rocking would be worth following up. Several weeks later, he had been bought for an undisclosed sum.
"We bought him privately a couple of weeks after the sale," said David O'Callaghan, Gay's son. "He was a big, strong colt by an exciting sire and we had missed him going through the ring, so we decided to follow him up.
"He turned inside out during the winter and everything went the right way with him. He was a good model, by a good sire with a good page who vetted clean, so we were confident coming here that he would do well."
His sale capped a good two days for Yeomanstown Stud as its sister operation, Morristown Lattin Stud, stands Dark Angel. The Middle Park Stakes winner's first crop has been w e l l received this week with Yeomanstown selling a colt to Bobby O'Ryan for EUR110,000. He is a fine example of a stud supporting its own stallion.
"We stand stallions so we can use them ourselves," said O'Callaghan, "and we like to give horses the best possible start. We brought three lovely Dark Angels to the sale, and each was a big, strong, good-moving horse."