Session Topping El Kabeir Colt on Day One at Tattersalls December Foal Sale


The progeny of first-crop El Kabeir rewarded Breeder’s handsomely throughout the December Foal Sale,  none more so than the El Kabeir colt offered by Ballyreddin and Kellsgrange Studs who was knocked down to prominent pinhooker Philipp Stauffenberg at the session-topping sum of 65,000gns.

The colt became the priciest member of the debut crop of El Kabeir, the son of Scat Daddy who covered a book of 151 mares at a fee of €8,000 at Yeomanstown Stud in 2018.

“I thought he was very well made, athletic, when you watched him going around the parade ring he really stood out, and for me he was the standout individual of the day,” said Stauffenberg, whose purchase will be aimed at the 2020 yearling sales.

“He was the one I wanted most so I’m very happy to have got him. We’ve done well with horses we’ve bought on the first day before so hopefully we’ll be lucky again.”

The transaction also provided a fillip for Ballyreddin Stud’s John Dwan, who said: “He’s a homebred and from day one he’s been a nice, good-walking foal. Ever since he got to the sales he’s been showing very well, every show has been solid and consistent, and we hoped he’d be one of the nicer lots on day one.”

The colt is the second foal of the winning Invincible Spirit mare School Run, who shares her page with the Group 1 winners Dream Ahead and Fairyland.

Dwan added: “He’s the second progeny of the mare. Her first is a filly by Lope De Vega, she was a good walker too but probably an early type – this foal always had a bit of scope about him. The mare is in foal to Sioux Nation so we’ve stuck with the Scat Daddy line.”