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Indian Pace: his dam, Blend Of Pace, topped the Goffs NH December Sale when selling for €40,000

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 


Dam of Indian Pace star of Goffs NH December

Goffs NH December Sale comparative figures (€)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  248  224  124  775,000  6,250  3,500
 2008  547  371  126  684,100  5,429  3,900

THE one day Goffs December National Hunt Sale brought to an end the year at Kildare Paddocks which saw a vastly reduced number of horses passing through the ring give rise to an annual turnover that contracted markedly on the corresponding figure from 2008.

Reduced from two sessions to one, yesterday's sale produced an improved set of results. The turnover progressed from €684,100 to €775,000 while the average came in at €6250 as opposed to €5429. The median did drop from €3,900 to €3,500 but the clearance improved from 34 to 55 percent.

Reflecting on the day's trade Goffs chief Executive Henry Beeby commented: "Today's sale has followed recent trends with those most commercial types proving hardest to buy. Again a focus on quality rather than quantity has achieved our goal of providing what the buyers want in a condensed format."

"This has led to an improved clearance rate and average price whilst it is certainly noteworthy that turnover is 13 percent ahead of last year despite cataloguing less than half the numbers."

The top lot at the sale was the Sadler's Wells mare Blend Of Pace who came under the hammer in foal to Presenting and was sold to Tom Meagher for €40,000. An own-sister to the Ladbroke Hurdle winner Archive Footage, the Castlefield Stud offering is already the dam of John Kiely's Galway Hurdle winner Indian Pace.

For much of the day the pace was set by a €28,000 son of Old Vic. Many of the usual national hunt pinhookers were in attendance in their quest to secure stock for the coming years but it was Adrian Keatley, assistant trainer to Oliver McKiernan, who won the battle for the Old Vic whose family contains several luminaries from the McKiernan yard.

The colt's half-brother, Quietly Fancied, won a maiden hurdle and was placed in the Grade 2 Monksfield Hurdle for McKiernan last month while the latter also has charge of his talented Grade 2-winning relation Whatuthink.

"He's a good foal with a good page and obviously we know the family very well," said Keatley. "Quietly Fancied is a promising horse and that was a good run at Navan considering it was effectively his second start over hurdles. We'll have to wait a while for this fellow and hopefully he'll be worth it."

As expected there was no shortage of competition for the Presenting foals that were on offer and among these was a colt from Walshtown Stables who cost Richard Rohan €26,000. He is out of a half-sister to the triple Grade 1-placed Gentle Buck.

"He's a nice foal and comes from a good, tough family. He won't be coming back for resale, he's been bought for an English client, Nigel Collison," stated Rohan.

Another €26,000 son of Presenting came in the shape of a colt offered by Galbertstown Studwho came the way of Hugh Bleahen. His dam is a half-sister to a trio of black type placed jumpers including the dam of this season's Grade 2-winning hurdler The Hurl.

Among the yearlings to come under the hammer was a popular son of High Chaparral, who has enjoyed a fine year on the flat. The Paddy Behan-owned colt was snapped up by Anna Ross for €22,000. He is out of a useful hurdler in Monte Solaro and comes from the family of the Triumph Hurdle runner-up Moorish.

"He's a smart looking yearling by a sire who has had a good year and we've actually bought three High Chaparral yearlings at Goffs this year," reflected Mrs Ross. "This colt is out of a good racemare too and it's possible that hecould be reoffered at a later stage but we'll just have to see."

Later in the day Landscape Stud struck for a €24,000 colt foal by Flemensfirth whose dam is the Listed-winning juvenile hurdler Calomeria.




King's Theatre £948,417
Presenting £889,316
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £711,606
Westerner £562,432
Flemensfirth £516,588
Kayf Tara £470,195
Stowaway £400,859
Midnight Legend £396,669