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Bleak start as majority of foals go unsold at Goffs

THE Goffs November Foal Sale got off to a bleak start yesterday with an opening session which witnessed a glaring lack of demand for horses occupying the lower echelons of the market.

Twelve months ago the opening day of this five-day sale also began very slowly; but with the current climate quite different to that which prevailed last year, and given the state of this end of the yearling market, the figures for the day finished well down as most of those offered struggled to capture the attention of pinhookers and others.

Of the 193 horses offered, 48 were sold for a poor clearance rate of 25 per cent. The turnover dropped from €660,300 to just over €300,000, the average fell from €8,923 to €6,267, while the median of €4,500 was down slightly from last year's €4,700.

A son of the Tetrarch Stakes hero Modigliani headed the opening session when bought by Bobby O'Ryan for €35,000. Offered by Gary Swift Sales, the colt is a half-brother to a winner out of a stakes-placed Night Shift mare fromthe same family as the Melbourne Cup hero Vintage Crop.

"I've bought him for a long established client and I would say that it's highly likely that he will be retained, so the first time he'll be seen again will be on a racecourse," commented O'Ryan. "He's a good foal and there was plenty to like about him. I'd be a big fan of the sire too."

Earlier in the day O'Ryan, acting on behalf of Rob Lloyd's Cloverdale Bloodstock, struck for a Tagula colt from Ringfort Stud who cost €14,000. He is a grandson of the capable Listed-placed sprinter Shallow Ground.

"He's been bought for Rob Lloyd and he's going to be reoffered next year," stated the agent. "He too was quite a nice horse and I bought his half-brother by Le Vie Dei Colori here as a foal last year. He is now in training with Richard Hannon."

Later in the day Willie Browne had to go to €34,000 to fight off Eddie O'Leary for a Kheleyf colt who was consigned by Clonbonny Stud on behalf of Thomas Claffey. His family goes back to that of the American champion Pleasant Tap and the Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin.

"He was the only foal that I wanted to buy today," reflected Browne. "He's a strong foal and a good individual, I felt he was worth the money. The sire has done well this year and he looks to be well on his way."

The early pace was set by Flash Conroy for a daughter of Alhaarth from Brooklyn Stud who cost €30,000. She is a half-sister to this season's very capable Listed-placed juvenile Nubar Lady and is out of a half-sister to the crack sprinter Almaty.

"She's just a nice filly and she'll be reoffered next autumn," reported Conroy. "Her half-sister has some very decent form, she was beaten less than two lengths in the Queen Mary and ran Bushranger to a neck at Tipperary one day as well."

 

 

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