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Rogers joins the board
of Robert J Goff and Co

SONIA ROGERS, owner of Airlie Stud in Maynooth, has joined the board of the Robert J Goff and Co, the company which owns Goffs and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, and also holds a 31 per cent share in Arqana, the French bloodstock sales company.

Rogers, a major shareholder in the company, was involved in the development of the Goffs facility at Kill in 197os with her late husband Captain Tim Rogers.

Eimear Mulhern, chairman of Robert J Goff & Co, said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sonia Rogers to the Board of Robert J Goff and Co. plc.  Sonia's appointment underlines the absolute commitment of our shareholders. 

"Airlie Stud, together with our other major shareholders including His Highness The Aga Khan, Moyglare Stud Farm and Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms are wonderful supporters of the company and its work on behalf of the industry. 

"Sonia herself has been involved in many aspects of Goffs over the years and we look forward to benefiting further from her extensive knowledge and experience of the industry". 

Goffs has brought in a numer of new developments this spring. In March it announced that it is to axe its two Goffs Million sales races, worth a total of €3.2 million, for 2010 and thisyear's Goffs Million Sale is to be replaced by the Goffs Orby sale. The two Goffs Million sale races for 2009 will be run without sponsor.  

In a further change to its sales, the company announced in April that its new Open Yearling Sale, which is due to held on October 23 , will charge an entry fee of €350 that vendors need to be pay before printing of the catalogue. The vendor will be paid his sale's price once that payment has been received. The company will not charge commission at the sale.

The company has also recently branched out into country property sales, developing a wing to its business called Goffs Country, operated in association with Nolan and Brophy Auctioneers.

Airlie Stud is one of Ireland's leading stud farms and has produced many top-class racehorses including last season's Dewhurst Stakes winner Intense Focus, and Zafisio, who was successful in the Criterium International.

The farm alsobred the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Bachelor Duke, Margarula, who won the Irish Oaks, and the three-time Group 1 winner Petrushka.





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