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Kempton - 26.12.08

Kempton Park: the Sunbury track is the venue for Goffs' breeze-up sale

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Kempton breeze-up switch gets thumbs up

GOFFS' decision to move next year's Kempton breeze-up sale back three weeks from its traditional date of the second Friday in March has been warmly received by vendors and buyers.

The 2011 Goffs Ready-To-Run Sale at Kempton will be held on Tuesday March 29, after the Cheltenham and Dubai World Cup Festivals.

Such a switch was mooted by Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby immediately following this year's renewal, at which the aggregate leapt 30 per cent, and was yesterday confirmed in a statement.

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Henry Beeby: "listened to vendors"

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"We have listened to our vendors and made the decision to push back the Kempton breeze-up by three weeks, which we believe will allow us to produce an even stronger sale next year," said Beeby. "Staging the sale after two of the world's biggest racing festivals also offers more time and opportunities for promoting the catalogue."

Agent Stephen Hillen welcomed the move. He said: "It's going to give the horses that little bit more time to develop. They have to be pushed quite hard to get to the sale and maybe there will be fewer sore shins as a result. It's always a good sale and we're happy to support it."

Hillen was also happy to see the sale staged after the Cheltenham Festival, at a time when more people are likely to be focused on the Flat.

That view was echoed by Willie Browne of Mocklershill Stables, the vendor of the Listed-placed Moonlit Garden at this year's sale, who said: "The old date didn't bother me but I suppose the problem was with purchasers getting their heads around buying early and looking towards the Flat.

"The switch won't inconvenience our sales preparation. I would just like to see them hold the sale over two days – perhaps breeze in the afternoon and sell the next day. Doing both in one day can be very rushed and spacing it out would give buyers and sellers more time.

"But the sale is a great source of winners. If there's a chance this move will attract extra buyers, then it's worth a try."

Con Marnane of Bansha House Stables, who sold Wednesday's Listed Roses Stakes winner New Planet at Kempton this year, was also enthusiastic.

He said: "It's the best idea I've heard in a long time. Last year's winter was unbelievably hard for us to get horses ready - our gallops were frozen for three weeks - and the extra time should help us."

 

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