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Goffs Mixed: $176,000 Mermaid Island
In the UK overnight, agent John McGrath (acting for an undisclosed client) paid top price of €110,000 (A$176,000) for 4YO mare Mermaid Island during the 1st session at the 4-day Goffs February Mixed Sale, reported racingpost.co.uk. The Dermot Weld-trained daughter of Mujadil won at Thurles as a 2YO & last year finished 2nd in the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at Gowran Park; & she is the 1st foal out of Weld-trained Caumshinaun (who won the Platinum Stakes at Cork & was crowned champion older mare in Ireland 5 years ago). McGrath commented: "She has a good race record & is a well-bred filly. I think she has both a future for racing & breeding."