Last year’s top Orby yearling colt at €1.2m Hiawatha, who was an eye-catching winner at the Curragh last month for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore partners, is a Camelot full brother to dual Group 1 winner Luxembourg who landed the Irish Champion Stakes in style on Saturday at Leopardstown and is one of the standout horse among the current entries.
Group 2 July Stakes winner and twice Group 1 runner-up Persian Force was sold by Tally Ho Stud to Peter and Ross Doyle on behalf of Amo Racing at last year’s Orby and the son of Mehmas is another outstanding prospect currently among the Million entries.
Among the fillies with Goffs Million entries is the Joseph O’Brien trained Zoinnocent, who ran out an impressive winner of a seven-furlong maiden at Gowran Park before finishing runner-up in the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown. Selected by Justin Casse from The Castlebridge Consignment at the Orby, the daughter of Zoffany is the first horse that US owner Eric Long has had in training in Europe.
Among the other winners in contention for Europe’s richest 2YO race are recent winners New Endeavour, Beauty Crescent, Bossy Parker, Hellsing, Hope You Can Run, Impact Warrior, Ma Belle Artiste, Killybegs Warrior, Magical Sunset, Queen Of Ours, Wahaaj, All Things Nice & Ramazan.
The unraced horses include last year’s Goffs Orby sale-topper, a daughter of the incomparable Galileo and the first foal out of Grade 1 Frizette Stakes winner Nickname by Scat Daddy. Bought for €1.5m by MV Magnier from Baroda Stud, she is named Starry Eyed.
Trevor Stewart’s Change Sings is a Saxon Warrior half-brother to Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven, dam of Group 1 winners Magical and Rhododendron, and Group 3 winner Theann who is the dam of Grade 1 winner Photo Call.
Bryan Smart meanwhile has Margaret Elizabeth among the entries, a daughter of Kodiac and a three-parts sister to Group 1 Commonwealth Cup, Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes winner Perfect Power.
The sire profile is typically deep with Galileo, Lope De Vega, No Nay Never, Invincible Spirit, Kodiac, Siyouni, Kingman and Dark Angel among the global elite sires with Goffs Million entries. Up and coming young sires such as Mehmas, Saxon Warrior, Carravaggio, New Bay, Almanzor and Churchill are also represented in the current entries.
Commenting on the Goffs Million entries, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
“The introduction of the Goffs Million was a huge hit with buyers at last year’s Orby Sale, and the entries are as exciting and packed full of quality as we hoped and we can’t wait for the big day in ten day’s time. We are proud to be bringing Europe’s Richest Two Year Old to The Curragh and then offering next year’s contenders at Kildare Paddocks in the following days. Irish breeders are the best in the world and are sending more of their best to Orby making it truly unmissable for international buyers”