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Shalambar tops Goffs Horses In Training sale

 Year  Cat  Offered  Sold  Agg  Average  Median
 2009  188  153  114  886,300  7,775  4,500
 2008  182  112  77  988,600  12,839  4,000


THE Michael Halford-trained Shalambar was the centrepiece of the ever popular Aga Khan Studs draft and topped the one-day Goffs Horses In Training Sale today when selling to owner Brian Millen for €80,000.

Turnover for the day came in at €886,300, which was ten per cent down on the €988,600 that was taken here last year. The average dropped by over a third to €7,775 from €12,839 while the median improved by just over 12 percent to €4,500 from €4,000.

The clearance rate for the one day sale also picked up, going from 69 to 75 percent.

Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: "Our decision to hold the horses In training sale in tandem with our November Sale was certainly justified today with a broad buyer base active from Greece, Italy, Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Belgium as well as the UK and Ireland, and has received universal praise from our clients.

"We are more than happy with today's lively trade and, once again, must thank His Highness The Aga Khan for his tremendous support of this sale. 

"Horses in training sales are totally dependent on the entries available each year, which are less consistent than other categories.  Today's trade certainly matched last years overall as the median demonstrates, and the average has purely fallen due to the lack of six-figure lots this year."

Michael Halford - Trainer

Michael Halford: trained Shalambar


Shalambar, who has just six runs to his name, looked one ofthe standouts having won a Leopardstown maiden in August in addition to posting a couple of decent efforts in handicaps. The three-year-old son of Dalakhani did not disappoint with a determined Millen seeing off all challengers for the relation to Shahrastani.

"He's been bought to go into training with Tony Carroll and we will be going jumping with him. He's a nice horse and had shown a good level of form already," reported Millen.

Carroll himself had earlier paid €20,000 for the Aga Khan's unraced Pivotal three-year-old Zaferadal who was part of a consignment from John Oxx's Currabeg Stables.

"Shalambar was the one that we came here to buy and we were very happy to get him," reported the Evesham-based trainer.

"I liked Zaferadal too, and he's a half-brother to Zafranagar who won a handicap hurdle for us at Cheltenham on Saturday," he added.

Another popular Aga Khan offering was Kargali, who won the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown in April for John Oxx and finished third in the Group 3 Gladness Stakes at the Curragh several weeks previously.

The four-year-old was snapped up by Luke Comer for €51,000. Comer was twice amongst the winners at Dundalk last week when his Bashkirov won atthe track on both Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Pat Brett, a son of Tipperary-based restricted licence holder Noel Brett, had set the early pace when going to €37,000 for Kevin Prendergast's Dactik. The three-year-old has been placed on a total of eleven occasions over the last two seasons.

"He's a form horse who goes out and runs his race every day. We'll bring him home andprobably give him a break before sending him jumping," reported Brett.

Meanwhile Peter Nolan's Jamestown Consignment signed for the Jim Gorman inmate Hassanali who cost €35,000. The capable dual-purpose five-year-old has a total of three victories to his name.

Towards the end of the day Jim Bolger spent €30,000 on James Burns' capable juvenile Timeless Whisper. On her penultimate start the daughter of Footstepsinthesand was second to Bolger's Shintoh in a Cork maiden.

"She was second to a good horse of mine at Cork. She's a good model from a good family. Time will tell us whether she was value," reported the Coolcullen trainer.

Notre Pere's handler Jim Dreaper signed for the Aga Khan-owned and Halford-trained Shiyrman who won a Fairyhouse maiden during the summer. The son of Dalakhani cost €28,000.

Eddie Lynam - whose Dundalk specialist Timoca was sold to Evan Williams for €28,000 - then paid €24,000 for the lightly raced but useful Oxx inmate Dahindar.






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