January 14, 2016
ROAN INISH was the sale topper on Tuesday at Keeneland. Mill Ridge Sales sold the mare for $500,000 to Star Guitar, Inc.
Tuesday’s session, was topped by Canadian MSW Roan Inish (Elusive Quality) (hip 578), who was purchased by Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar, Inc. for $500,000. Consigned by Headley Bell’s Mill Ridge Sales, the dark bay is out of Canadian champion Inish Glora (Regal Classic) and sold in foal to Arch. Bred by Robert Costigan and trained during her racing career by his daughter Carolyn, Roan Inish (hip 578) won the 2009 Princess Elizabeth S. and 2010 Woodbine Oaks. She was third in the 2010 Queen’s Plate. The 9-year-old mare is a daughter of Inish Glora (Regal Classic), who was named Canada’s champion grass mare in 2004 and 2003 while racing for Costigan. Roan Inish’s half-brother In Equality (Quality Road) was recently third in the GIII Jerome S. The sale was bittersweet for Mill Ridge’s Headley Bell, as the Costigans disperse their bloodstock. “I was delighted by the price, but it’s sad,” Bell said. “This wasn’t an announced dispersal, but the Costigans are lovely people from Canada and they are selling their bloodstock. They are fine people--people you’d want to be in the business.”