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Goffs considers later date for Kempton Breeze-Up

GOFFS is considering whether to stage its Kempton Breeze-Up at a later date in the sales season, even after last week's sale showed improved figures on 2009.

An improved clearance rate of 67 per cent and a 30 per cent rise in turnover - albeit from a larger catalogue - ensured a positive start to the first sale this year to be included in the RacingPost Breeze-Up Bonus.


Henry Beeby: "positive feedback"

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But Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said there had been some early feedback that this year's sale came too early, even though it is billed as a ‘ready to run' auction and aims to offer buyers the earliest possible chance to target the breeze-up bonus pot of up to £500,000.

"We will have to talk to Kempton about this because the sales have to fit in around their racing programme," Beeby said. "We had a lot of positive feedback about Kempton as a sales venue, and the sale also offers people a chance to land a breeze-up bonus before the other sales have even taken place, but whether it should be staged this early is another matter. It might be that we stage it a couple of weeks later."

There was also some concern that the 90-minute gap between the 81 lots breezing and theauction commencing was too tight. Some consignors felt that the 90-minute gap did not give them enough time to show horses to interested buyers "There is a balance between asking people to hang around for too long and not giving them enough time between the two, and we didn't get that right this year," Beeby said.

Meanwhile Leyburn trainer Ann Swinbank reported a positive response to her offer - revealed in the Racing Post - to train horses bought at this year's breeze-ups for a half-price £600 a month, excluding normal racing costs. "It certainly got people talking," she said. "A few owner/breeders have said that if they don't sell their horses in the coming breeze-up sales, they would like to take the offer up so that is very encouraging. So far my numbers have increased by four."





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