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bba ireland Some of the wonderful horses bought by BBA Ireland over the years since it was started in 1956 by bloodstock agent Tom Cooper, the first European agent to buy at Keeneland in 1959. Left, Golden Fleece, who cost $775,000, wins the Epsom Derby in 1982 with Pat Eddery. His winning time of 2m34.27s was the fastest for almost 50 years. Eddery said Golden Fleece was “the best horse I have ever sat on” Right, Larkspur, bought for 12,200gns, winner of the 1962 Derby. He is loading up at Gatwick ready to fly back to Ireland after the race

winner Gingernuts as its main star in the southern hemisphere. Michael Donohue looks after the bloodstock interests of Zhang Yuesheng of YuLong Investments in Ireland. His yearling buys for YuLong have become successes both on the track and in the sales ring with this year’s highlights, including Yulong Gold Fairy, an €8,000 purchase at the 2016 Goffs’ Sportsmans Sale who won on Birdcatcher day at Naas for Dermot Weld. The daughter of Mount Nelson is rated 99 and holds Classic entries for next spring. Whitefountainfairy was bought for €3,000 at the same sale and sold for £300,000 to King Power Racing at Goffs’ London Sale in June after winning her maiden for trainer Jessica Harrington. The purchase of top-class juvenile Beckford privately for Newtown Anner Stud and that of Landshark at the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale for E5 Racing, owners of

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Grade 1 winner New Money Honey making their first foray into Irish racing, are two of the highlights of Eamonn Reilly’s 2017. Another is the success of Havana Grey, the best horse from the first crop of Havana Gold, who won the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and was second in the Group 1 Prix Morny. Below left, the 1975 $200,000 Keeneland purchase The Minstrel, Lester Piggott riding. After winning the Dewhurst as a juvenile the son of Northern Dancer won the Derby, the Irish Derby and the King Geoge VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Below right, A.P. Indy. He was bought for owner Tomonori Tsurumaki for $2.9 million in 1990. His biggest successes were the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic Middle: Eamonn Reilly, current BBA Ireland director and one of the company’s seven agents

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