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The Goffs February sale started with an improved clearance rate

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Lamb goes to €74,000 for latest Goffs top lot

3.15pm Now taking centre stage is the five-year-old Hawk Wing mare Pure Perfection, who cost Jill Lamb €74,000. Pure Perfection, who is in foal to Dylan Thomas, is a half-sister to the Group 1-winning sprinter King's Apostle and she is also an full-sister to the Lincoln contender Kalk Bay.

The mare was bought for an existing owner breeder who was delighted to get into a family of this quality, Lamb said.

2.18pm The onset of the Darley draft has seen a marked improvement in prices with the pace now being set by the winning Nayef mare Shraayef ,who sold to Peter Henley for €55,000, the highest price of the two days.

The six-year-old, who was sold with a coveted Shamardal covering, is a half-sister to Mick Channon's Group 1Premio Roma winner Imperial Dancer.

English purchaser Charlie Masonhas picked up several lots over the course of the day and these are headed by Passionate Girl, who made €40,000. The stakes placed daughter of Grand Lodge was sold in foal to Dylan Thomas and is a half-sister to the Royal Whip Stakes winner Chancellor.

Earlier, Con Marnane went to €30,000 to secure the Darley owned mare Dubai Tower. Marnane was acting on behalf of Malih Al Basti ,who owns Dubai Tower's unbeaten brother Vanguard Dream.

At this salelast year, Marnane paid €145,000 for Dark Angel's dam Midnight Angel on the same owner's behalf.

12.45am The concluding day of the sale remains a low-key affair although the top price on the day has improved to €15,000 after Joe Keappock secured Tinnakill House Stud’s Chantilly Pearl.

The winning daughter of Smart Strike is a sister to a stakes-placed runner in America while she is a half-sister to the Listed-winning Lemon Chiffon.

Earlier Bobby O’Ryan spent €6,000 on the unraced Majestic Thunder who was offered from Jim Bolger’s Glebe House Stud. The unraced colt is is out of a Thunder Gulch half-sister to theAmerican Grade 2 scorer Mr Bluebird.

11.30am The second and final session of the Goffs February Sale, which is largely given over to breeding stock, has got off to a low key start and setting the early pace at €10,000 is the winning Key Of Luck filly Tartufo Dolce.

She was bought by Peter Kelly’s Emerald Bloodstock and is a half-sister to the Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Crazee Mental, who is herself the dam of the multiple Group 2 winner Premio Loco.

An active first session saw a pleasing increase in the clearance rate of 65 per cent from 47 per cent in 2010. Overall, 113 horses sold from 173 offered for an aggregate of €926,100 at an average of €8,196 (down by 11 per cent on 2010) and a median of €4,600 (up by 15 per cent from 2010).

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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