The first foals by champion sprinter Starman really caught the imagination during the third session of the Goffs November Sale on Wednesday, with a pair of colts selling for €120,000 and €115,000.
Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud bought the €120,000 colt, who was bred by Empire Bloostock Ltd out of Lealas Daughter. An Excelebration half-sister to top American performer Obviously, Lealas Daughter is also the dam of this season's high-class two-year-old Soprano. He was sold by Graigue Stables.
Meanwhile, we were delighted to add Sandra Russell's colt out of Moment Of Truth at €115,000. He is a half-brother to four winners including Cotai Glory's current Group 3 winner Excellent Truth as well as the Group 3-placed Memo de l'Alguer, by Mehmas.
David Ward, in whose colours Starman captured the Group 1 July Cup and Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes, also paid €56,000 for Baroda Stud's filly out of Mayorstone.
Overall, Starman's progeny have so far caught the attention of a wide range of judges, selling to the likes of Glenvale Stud, Siskin Lodge, Bobby O'Ryan and Rochestown Lodge Stud.
Starman stands for €10,000 in 2024.