Darby racing scoops up quality Gooree pair

The lure of accessing a quality unraced 3-year-old Lonhro colt from a Group 1-producing family proved strong for Darby Racing and Will Johnson Bloodstock, who paid the day's top price, $260,000 for Noble Privilege from the Estate of the late Eduardo Cojuangco.

It was with the recommendation of long-time Gooree Park manager Andrew Baddock that Scott Darby bid to get Noble Privilege, who will head straight to Team Hawkes with a spring preparation in mind.

"He was an absolute cracker. We had a chat with Andrew Baddock, who strongly recommended he was the horse for us, and told us he had great ability," Darby said.

"He's just a beautiful looking animal, a city trial winner and he will syndicate very well."

The colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed Sunshine Stormy (More Than Ready {USA}), with multiple Group-winning dam Queen Of The Hill (Danehill {USA}) a half-sister to the influential but ill-fated sire and Group 1 winner Northern Meteor, as well as the dam of Twin Hills Stud stallion Smart Missile.