A sister to tough sprinter Iver Bridge Lad (above) is one of 100 juveniles catalogued to the Goffs Ready To Run Sale at Kempton on April 3PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Goffs release Kempton Ready to Run catalogue
GOFFS has catalogued 100 two-year-olds for the opening breeze-up auction of the year, the Ready To Run Sale at Kempton Park on April 3.
The sale, which is being held in April for the first time in its six-year history, contains 12 more horses than last year's renewal, from which the Norfolk Stakes winner Bapak Chinta and Listed scorer Caledonian Spring graduated.
Listed-placed Pearl In The Sand was another high-profile graduate of last year's sale and hopes will be high that lighting strikes twice in the form of her brother, a son of Footstepsinthesand who is catalogued as lot 78.
Hawthorn Villa Stud consigns the only juvenile by leading American sire Tapit catalogued, a colt out of the Grade 1-placedBaroness Thatcher. Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables sends through a sister to tough sprinter Iver Bridge Lad, by Avonbridge, and a Thousand Words half-sister to Listed scorer New Planet.
Holy Roman Emperor is the sire of a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Diamond Tycoon while the only son of Invincible Spirit entered is a half-brother to high-class miler Hurricane Alan.
Last year's renewal was topped by a son of Medaglia d'Oro, who was knocked down to Maurice Sines for a sale record of £130,000. According to Weatherbys' records, the colt is still unnamed but in training with Jeremy Noseda.
Of the 82 horses offered, 64 found new homes at a total of £1,600,500 and average of £25,008, which represented a major increase of 54 per cent from 2010.
Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: "This is the sale for owners keen to get racing and get winning. Kempton's 2011 graduates enjoyed great success right from the beginning of last season through to the end, and there is undoubtedly much more of this to come for the horses on offer this year.
"Vendors have rewarded the record-breaking success of last year's Breeze Up with an even stronger selection of ready to run two year olds for Kempton this April, the most impressive catalogue to date for Goffs' London Sale.
"Our focus is on the horse but also very much on the buyer experience. The purchase of a racehorse is the first step of ownership, and we believe a sale should be an enjoyable and social occasion, akin to day at the races.
"There is no better opportunity than at Kempton for buyers to mix the business of buying horses with the enjoyment of a truly unique occasion in top class surroundings."