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Alderbrook gelding makes €210,000 at Goffs

A sparkling second edition of the Goffs Punchestown Invitation Sale ended with sweeping gains in its final figures and new top price of €210,000 following a hectic one hour's trade last night.

At the conclusion of the sale the 16 horses to come under the hammer all sold to produce a turnover of over €1.4m which was a 39 percent improvement on last year. The average of €88,313 was up by 22 percent and the median of €80,000 represented an increase of 60 percent.

Centre stage went to the four-year-old Alderbrook gelding Grey Monk who made an impressive winning debut in a point-to-point at Largy last week. The Denis Murphy inmate will carry the colours of Alan and Ann Potts after Henry de Bromhead saw off all challengers for the grey.

"He was an impressive winner last weekand just looks like a horse with a big future," stated de Bromhead who won the concluding race of yesterday's fixture with the exciting Buckers Bridge.

Several minutes later De Bromhead was back to the fore when he secured Grand Jesture who made a winning debut for Newmarket trainer Don Cantillon in a bumper here on Tuesday. The €200,000 purchase will also carry the colours made so famous by Sizing Europe.

"He's a Punchestown Festival bumper winner and these are the meetings that we want to be competing at," stated De Bromhead. "He's a lovely scopey type of horse and there's a lot to like about him."

Agent Aiden Murphy tried hard to secure several of the better lots and his bid of €175,000 carried the day for Theatre Evening who ran a race full of promise before exiting at the last in a point at Dromahane earlier this month.

"He's been bought to go to Jonjo O'Neill for a client," commented Murphy. "He may well have won had he not unseated at the last in Dromahane and he looks a very promising horse by a top class stallion."

Ger Hourigan offered Rough Justice who won the point that Theatre Evening contested and the four-year-old son of Beneficial was one of the most popular lots with the hammer eventually coming down in favour of Harold Kirk at €170,000.

"He's going to go into training with Willie Mullins and has been bought for a client of the yard. He looks a horse of potential and we've been lucky with Beneficial in the past," stated Kirk.

The latter also spent €100,000 on Made In Germany who showed considerable promise to finish second in a point at Largy last week.

A busy Bobby O'Ryan made several notable purchases and these included a pair of €95,000 lots. The first of these was the Leo Hayes-owned Thomond, a four-year-old son of Definite Article who made a winning debut at Killmallock earlier this month.

"I'm not sure where he is going to be trained but he's a horse of potential and we were glad to get him," commented O'Ryan before later giving the same amount forNina Carberry's Tipperary bumper third Ally Cascade.

At the end of the sale, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented: "We're delighted with the sale. We specifically kept the numbers tight to make it a select sale and vendorsthat supported us have been rewarded".

"There's been an exceptionally strong trade throughout and we would like to thank Punchestown for their partnership as well as ensuring that racing went ahead today which helped to make the sale such a success," he added.

 

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £11,596,660
Dark Angel £3,699,044
Dubawi £3,194,697
Frankel £2,707,058
Kodiac £2,229,292
Acclamation £2,089,105
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882