Qipco revealed as Goffs London Sale partner
GOFFS announced on Thursday that Qipco, sponsors of the British Champions Series and Champions Day, will be the title partner for the inaugural Goffs London Sale, which takes place at The Orangery, Kensington Palace, on Monday June 16.
The sale, held on the eve of Royal Ascot, will offer a select group of two-year-old breezers alongside horses in training, some of whom will hold an entry for the royal meeting.
Qipco Holding is a private investment company owned by members of the Qatar royal family, including Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, a rising force in the British racing and breeding industry.
Speaking at the announcement, Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: "The Al Thani family has transformed the face of bloodstock sales and racing sponsorship in recent years under the Qatar Racing Limited and Qipco names. It is a privilege for Goffs to be associated with a visionary brand such as Qipco for what will be one of the most exciting and prestigious events on the European sales calendar.
"We are thrilled with the positive reaction from buyers around the world to the Goffs London Sale during recent market visits to Qatar, the US, South Africa and Australia, while closer to home it is also creating quite a stir.
"The Goffs London Sale in association with Qipco is firmly in the diary for many international buyers travelling to London for Royal Ascot. I am very pleased to report that the response from vendors has been equally enthusiastic, as we have some top-class horses confirmed for the sale."
David Redvers, racing manager to Sheikh Fahad, said: "Sheikh Fahad and his brothers are excited by the concept of a London sale and are delighted to support what we all hope will become a strong and vibrant fixture in the sales calendar.
"It is a brave step by Henry Beeby and the team to grasp this concept and take it forward, and it deserves to succeed not just because of the location and timing but also because it offers the industry another platform.
"We will be working hard with Goffs to make sure the sale and pre-Ascot party go from strength to strength and particularly look forward to bringing the horses to London in the future.
"We feel sure it will help bring new people into the game."
The sales company also confirmed yesterday that a select number of additional supporting partners would be announced in the coming weeks.