A close relative of Mauritzfontein’s exciting young sire Digital Age proved popular at the second day of the 2023 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1, on Wednesday.
Consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment, the Lope De Vega colt out of the Craig Bennett owned G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance was knocked down to MV Magnier and White Birch Farm for 850,000 guineas.
The colt is a sibling to two Listed winners in Voodoo Queen and Tinker Toy, both of whom raced in the colours of Bennett’s Merry Fox Stud. There is plenty going on in the next generation too as Cursory Glance is a half-sister to Willow View, dam of the aforementioned Digital Age and G3 Prix la Rochette victress Acer Alley.
“The most pleasing thing for me is to breed horses that Coolmore buy and Juddmonte underbid,” said Bennett. “It means you’re ticking boxes at the elite level. When we first came into the game in 2006, this is what we strived to achieve.”
He added: “Lope De Vega is having a great year and anyone could bid on his progeny. We’ve sold one horse to Coolmore before, jointly with Newsells Park, and that was Ylang Ylang. She’s a Group winner and could be anything, so let’s hope this fella can do the same.”
Cursory Glance, a daughter of Distorted Humor, is a half-sister to the classy Sweet Memories, who ran second in last week’s G3 Princess Royal Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Stakes.
Winner of the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic, Digital Age, who shares his outstanding sire Invincible Spirit with top stallions I Am Invincible and Kingman, is standing his first season at stud this year.