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Gains at Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale

IT WAS a quiet day in the sales ring but the Goffs November Breeding Stock sale ended on Saturday night with an improved set of results to bring a good week at Kildare Paddocks to a close.

The two-day auction produced turnover of over €8.1 million, which was an improvement of 17 per cent on last year. The average of €27,829 was up by almost six per cent, the €11,000 median improved by ten per cent and the clearance rate grew from 66 to 74 per cent, thus allowing the auction to make good gains on the substantial increases it recorded last year.

“Last year we proved some massive points at this sale, none more so than with Europe’s highest-priced filly Banimpire. Her sale allowed us to promote our Breeding Stock sale on a different basis and attract a significantly better catalogue of mares that we could promote to a global audience,” said chief executive Henry Beeby.

“Several major Irish breeders stepped up to the mark with some excellent drafts and we are just so pleased that their faith in Goffs has been richly rewarded. 

“That is best illustrated by the number of six-figure lots, which rose from six to 17. That those 17 lots were spread across 12 different buyers points to the wide diversification of buyers who were attracted to the sale by the ongoing efforts of the Goffs marketing team, working side by side with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.

“At the start of the week it may have been hard to foresee building on a sale that was so impressive last year with the highlights of Banimpire and the highest priced foals in Europe. 

“While those individual highs have not been matched, the 2012 renewal of the Goffs November sale has made more significant advances, especially at the top and middle of the market,” concluded Beeby.

The top lot on the final day was Darley’s Charmstone, who is heading to India after selling for €29,000. The daughter of Dynaformer was sold in foal to Cape Cross and comes from a good American family. Darley also offered Hay Point, a useful three-year-old for John Oxx this season, and she cost John Clarke €24,000.

There was just one mare in foal to Dark Angel on offer yesterday and the winning daughter of Invincible Spirit was snapped up by Stuart Hudson for €26,000.

 

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