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Paul Flynn, Michael Browne and Tim Easter at Goffs Sales 30.09.09

Paul Flynn, Michael Brown and Tim Easterby at the Goffs Orby sale

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Satisfaction as figures hold up at Orby sale

GOFFS ORBY YEARLING SALE DAY THREE FIGURES, compared with 2008 Goffs sportsman's sale (€)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 241 225 173 2,632,600 15,217 10,000
2008 297 272 198 2,377,300 12,007 7,500
GOFFS ORBY YEARLING SALE all three days, compared with 2008 goffs million and sportsman's sale combined (€)
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 666 610 499 24,784,600 49,669 28,000
2008 954 864 642 34,730.300 54,097 27,000

AS THE curtain came down on the latest edition of the Goffs Orby Sale, vendors, purchasers and the company were all expressing their satisfaction with the results posted by the streamlined sale.

Viewed in the context of the prevailing economic climate, the sale held up well to keep pace with last year's returns. Last year's edition of the Million was a tough one for vendors but the market has contracted markedly since then and it was with this in mind that those in attendance felt that this year's sale performed well.

This was also the first time since 2004 that the company's flagship sale was held without the incentive of a million euro sales race.

A smaller catalogue undoubtedly helped proceedings and the figures for the firsttwo sessions produced an improved median from last year and an average that came in just seven percent below that from 2008. In addition the clearance rate was good and this followed into yesterday's concluding session which Goffs were comparing to last year's Sportsman's Sale.

The average for yesterday was up by 15 percent to €15,217, the median climbed by a third to €10,0000 and the turnover of over €2.6m finished ahead of last year's €2.3337m aggregate.

"The Goffs Orby Sale is the showcase for the best bred yearlings in Irelandand Irish breeders certainly answered our call this year rewarding us with a catalogue of depth, diversity and quality," commentedGoffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby. "In particular, days one and two represented all that is best about Irish breds and it was most gratifying to hear so many favourable comments about the catalogue.

"Given the current economic climate and the results of other recent sales we are perfectly satisfied with the last three days. Kildare Paddocks have never been busier with many vendors reporting more shows than ever which is surely the consequence of the truly excellent racetrackresults of recent Goffs graduates."

"The declines endured by this sale last year were certainly painful and there is no doubt that it has not been plain sailing this week but to have halted the slide where others have not been able is certainly a relief and we must thank the Irish breeders who have supported Goffs so resolutely with such a fine collection of wonderful yearlings.

"We are also indebted to our international group of buyers who have travelled from all over the world, attracted in no small part by the enthusiastic approach of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, to buy the very best Irish yearlings on the market.

"We have welcomed buying groups from 19 different countries this year with a particularly high number of UKtrainers and agents who recognise the value, quality and diversity at Goffs in Ireland. Cutting the numbers inevitably results in a turnover drop for us but that decision has allowed us to focus on real quality from start to finish.

"Goffs exists to serve the Irish breeder and we do that best when supported with the kind of quality we have offered over these three days as our sales have always been about exporting quality Irish bloodstock around the globe. On the evidence of the 2009 Orby Sale both those goals have been achieved in part and we will continue to strive to meet them still further in 2010 and beyond.

Jim Bolger held sway on the final day by buying the three most expensive lots which were headed by a €100,000 filly from the first crop of the Arc winner Hurricane Run. The Ennistown Stud-consigned filly is a half-sister to the smart Bolger-trained two-year-old Puncher Clynch.

Towards the beginning of the session Bolger spent €95,000 for a son of Holy Roman Emperor while he matched this price for a Cooneen Stud-consigned Indian Haven filly from a family littered with top class runners.

"I sent a few mares to Hurricane Run and the filly is a half-sister to a good two-year-old of mine," said Bolger. "The Indian Haven was just a gorgeous filly from a very good family. Holy Roman Emperor was the best horse not to win the Dewhurst Stakesin the last 25 years."

International purchasers continued to make their mark and Scandinavian agent Lars Kelp was on hand to give €56,000 for a son of Aussie Rules from Airlie Stud who is destined to begin his career in Norwaywith trainer Rune Haugen.

 "He's just a serious yearling," commented Haugen, who was a leading rider in his homeland and was crowned champion flat and national hunt trainer in Norway on three consecutive occasions. "We'll bring him back home and see what happens but you could see him back in Englandat some stage.

"We've gone close to having a good winner in Britainalready with the likes of Sagittarius who was second to Nayef in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes and also second in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester. We've got a Norwegian Derby winner out of the horses that we bought here before."

A €50,000 son of Le Vie Dei Colorifrom Ballyhampshire Stud became the fourth and final purchase of the week for the Hong Kong Jockey Club after the hammer came down in favour of Mark Player.

 "He's a smashing type," stated Player. "He's a really good, athletic walker by a sire who has made a very promising start at stud. We've bought about the usual number of horses here this week and we've found it hard to buy the nice ones. It's been a strong sale and a good sale and full credit should go to Goffs and ITM for their efforts."

Clive Cox, who recently landed the Ayr Gold Cup with Jimmy Styles, went to €40,000 to secure a Fasliyev colt related to that horse. The Prosperous Stud offering is also a half-brother to the Molecomb Stakes winner InyaLake.

"I'm delighted to be training a close relation to Jimmy Styles and hopefully he'll be as lucky for us. He certainly looks a nice horse," commented Cox, who also gave €40,000 for an Azamour colt out of a Stakes-winning mare.

Late in the day Blandford Bloodstock spent €80,000 for an Alhaarth colt related to the very smart Glass Harmonium while Rabbah Bloodstock struck for a €42,000 daughter of Desert Style and a €30,000 Iffraaj colt.






Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882