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Wootton Bassett: Con Marnane purchased a close relation to the Group 1-winning juvenile, Annie The Doc, for €55,000 at Goffs on Saturday

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International activity boosts Goffs Mares Sale

AFTER a quiet closing session, the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale ended on Saturday night with a set of final figures that couldn't quite keep pace with those from last year's two day sale, although the cumulative figures for the entire week at Goffs did make advances in several areas.

The turnover for the breeding stock section came in at just over €5 million as against the €5.4million that was taken in here last year. The average dropped from €17,955 to €16,230 and the median also fell from €10,000 to €9,000. The clearance rate for this section of the sale was 62 per cent as against 72 per cent twelve months ago.

As ever, through the extensive efforts of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, the sale benefitted hugely from a very diverseand active international buying base who made their mark at all levels throughout the two days.

Again domestic involvement was decidedly subdued and yesterday's session illustrated the lack of demand for those at the lower end of the market - a trend which was also in evidence on the opening day of the foal sale here on Tuesday and illustrates the struggle faced by those individuals in the prevailing climate.

"As has become the norm the last two days have beendominated by overseas buyers and we must again pay tribute to the efforts of ITM. Michael O'Hagan and his team work tirelessly to attract buyers to Ireland for this sales and provide a superb service to each visitor," commented Goffs chief executiveHenry Beeby.

"As with the foals earlier in the week it is fair to say that the market has proved highly selective especially on the first and last day of the week but there has been real competition for better bred stock, yet again illustrating that Goffs provides a truly global market for Irish breeders.

"I make no apology for repeating the mantra that Irish breeders may have no fear of sending their best to Goffs as we can and will achieve the very bestprices on their behalf," he added.

The closing day was headed by a €55,000 daughter of Nayef who was knocked down to Con Marnane. Named Annie The Doc, she had enjoyed a terrific boost to her pedigree in recent months as she is a half-sister to the dam of Richard Fahey's top class juvenile Wootton Bassett and is also closely related to last month's Rockingham Stakes scorer Katla.

"She's from a very, very current and good family," said Marnane. "John Grogan's filly (Katla) isn't even on the page so she's there just below Wootton Bassett. She's a nice, young mare with plenty going for her and I've bought her for a client. We may look at going to Iffraaj with her in the new year."

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