November 13, 2016
Source: TDN

A colt from the first crop of multiple Group 1 winner Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), a full-brother to European superstar Frankel (GB)), attracted a final bid of $210,000 from bloodstock agent David Ingordo. Ingordo, who signed the ticket as Parker Place Stable, is bloodstock advisor at Lane’s End where Noble Mission stands for $25,000.

“We brought Noble Mission over from England and it’s no secret what Frankel has been doing, so we’ve been supporting him a lot,” Ingordo said after signing the ticket on hip 1399. “[Lane’s End’s] Mr. Farish has thought this could be one of the best stallion deals we’ve done in a long time.” Ingordo, who said plans on whether to race or resell the colt are still to be made, has been impressed by the Noble Mission weanlings he has seen this week.

“I bought a really good colt (hip 1120) by him Friday for $100,000 and I got outbid on a few others,” Ingordo said. “This colt is very representative of what the Noble Missions look like. It’s a great family and we’re big believers in Noble Mission.”The weanling is out of the unraced Seal of Approval (Vindication) and is a half-brother to stakes placed Paid Admission (Candy Ride {Arg}). He was bred by Marilyn and Darren Pollitt’s Bugle Hill Farm, which purchased Seal of Approval for $50,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, and was consigned by Lane’s End. Seal of Approval, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Gulch Approval and to the dam of Grade I winner Wicked Strong (Hard Spun), followed her foal into the sales ring Saturday, bringing a final bid of $110,000 from Sallusto & Albina, agents for Fascinating Rock Mares. She was in foal to Liam’s Map.

A three-time Group 1 winner, Noble Mission captured the 2014 G1 Champion S. in his career finale. Lane’s End’s Director of Stallion Seasons Chance Timm acknowledged the strong sale will help Noble Mission going into the 2017 breeding season.”With a first-year horse like that, we like to see that the market is receptive to him and they like what they see,” Timm explained. “And clearly this horse met the mark and everybody seems excited about him. A horse has to do it himself to some extent, they have to produce the goods. But it certainly helps us going into next year–people like to see that a horse is well- received in the market and it will help us get him another full book next year.”

Of similarities that he sees in Noble Mission’s weanlings, Timm added, “They are surprisingly leggy, strong and forward kind of horses. He’s not an over-big horse, but his foals have plenty of size and substance and this foal had all of those characteristics.”

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