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Clearance rate just
19 per cent at Goffs

FIGURES DAY ONE: GOFFS DECEMBER nh SALE
YEAR CAT OFF SOLD % AGG AV MED
2008 244 155 29 19 67,000 2,310 1,400
THE Goffs December National Hunt Sale got off to a grim beginning yesterday with an extremely low key session where turnoverfor the entire day failed to reach six figures.

Unfortunately the trend at all thoroughbred sales in recent months has been a glaring lack of interest in horses occupying the lowest reaches of the market and this paucity of demand for bottom tier individuals, for which no resale market exists, was illustrated in no uncertain terms.

Of the 155 horses offered just 29 were sold. The turnover came in at €67,000, the average was €2,310 and the median was €1,400. With the sale being reduced from four days last year to two this time around there could be no direct comparison with 2007 but the figures told the story of the unfortunate reality of a market place that has no interest in horses that fail to meet expectations either physically or in terms of pedigree.

The top price of the day came when Toryview Stables signed for a €6,500 yearling son of Indian River - the sire of David Pipe's Hennessy hero MadisonDu Berlais - who was consigned by Rathmore Farm on behalf of Hazel Hatton. The gelding is a half-brother to two winners including the Listed-winning chaser Strawberry.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470