John Oxx: his Currabeg Stables often tops Goffs' Horses in Training salePICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Oxx consignment headlines Goffs sale
A RESHUFFLE to this year's sales calendar at Goffs sees its Horses in Training Sale and Bonus Yearling Sale run in tandem as a two-day event for the first time since 2003.
The sale starts tomorrow, and first through the ring will be the older horses. In recent years, horses formerly trained by John Oxx have bolstered the top end of the market, with his Currabeg Stables providing no fewer than six of the top ten lots in each of the last fiverenewals of this sale.
This year's draft from Currabeg Stables consists of 11 three-year-olds, including Timari (134), a son of Dalakhani and Champion Stakes heroine Timaridawho won a 1m2f maiden earlier this month; Dawal (133), a Polish Precedent colt from the family of Darshaan and Daliapour who finished second on his second start in September; and 1m4f winner Tarvini (135), whose pedigree suggests he could prosper over jumps, being a son of reigning Champion Hurdler Katchit's sire Kalanisi and a half-brother to two winners over hurdles.
Two other intriguing entriesfrom Currabeg are 1m2f winner Ebadiyan (131) and Erzen (137), who are both very closely related to Ebaziyan, who topped this sale in 2005 when knocked down for €150,000 and later won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Offerings from Moyglare Stud Farm have also proved popular at this sale, and this year it consigns a seven-strong draft, the pick of which could be Designated Decoy (120), a three-year-old Danzig colt who has finished second on each of his last four starts, Award Ceremony (123), a three-year-old gelding by Green Desert who won two races by an aggregate of 12 lengths this summer, and Going Public (124), a son of Night Shift who finished third to Curtain Call in the 2007 Beresford Stakes.
Other standouts of the horses-in-training session are Red Moloney (145), a triple Listed race-winning son of Sahm who also finished third in this year's Irish St. Leger, and Shinkansen (52), a Trans Island gelding who has won hislast two starts for trainer David Myerscough.
The focus shifts to yearlings on Friday, with Barathea, Cadeaux Genereux, Elusive City, Kheleyf and Tiger Hill among the stallions represented.
On paper at least, highlights include the Intikhab half-sister to this year's Railway Stakes runner-up Alhaban (374) consigned by Abbeville & Meadow Court Studs, Ringfort Stud's High Chaparral half-brother to 11 winners including Meld Stakes hero Muakaad (458), and Hollow Lodge Stud's Hawk Wing half-sister to four winners including Richard Hannon's good handicapper The Snatcher (292).