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Median increases at Goffs Orby Part 1

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  421  385  326 
 85  22,152,000  67,951 (-7%)  50,000
 2008  657  592  444  75  32,353,000  72,867  45,000

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  209  193  167  87  10,881,000  65,156  48,000

A €320,000 colt by leading sire Pivotal consigned by one of the country most eminent breeding operations in Moyglare Stud Farm headed proceedings at the penultimate session of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale on Wednesday.

Compared with the three days of last year's Million Sale, the new look Orby posted a set of returns which were heartening. From one session less the turnover went from over €32m to over €22m. The median was eleven percent up from €45,000 to €50,000 while the average dropped by seven percent to €67,951 from €72,867. The clearance rate came in at 85 percent.

Twelve months ago the Million Sale's results dropped down sharply from those in 2007 andmade for a very tough edition of this sale but viewed against the powerful external economic factors which have had such an impact on the industry over the last year these results came in ahead of the expectations that many held for this sale over the last few weeks.


Darley's Joe Osborne, who was acting on behalf of John Ferguson, signed for the Moyglare offering. The only colt in the catalogue by his sire, he is from a successful and very current family being closely related to this year's Gladness Stakes heroine Mad About You and Dermot Weld's Melbourne Cup contender Profound Beauty.


Much earlier in the day Osborne brought the session to life when going to €220,000 for a Dalakhani filly from Middlelane Farm. She is a half-sister to a smart juvenile from last season in Khor Dubai.

 "Obviously the Pivotal is from an excellent family," said Osborne. "He was a very good colt and we've been lucky with Moyglare before. Also we're very fond of the sire who gets a lot of very good winners over a variety of distances."

"The Dalakhani was a lovely filly from a very good home which has produced a number of high class horses already, among them Bachir," he added.

There were a host of interested onlookers for a fine Galileo filly from Croom House Stud, who has the distinction of being the first foal out of Richard Hannon's Cherry Hinton Stakes heroine Jewel In The Sand. At €310,000 the hammer came down in favour of the BBA Ireland's Adrian Nicoll.

 "I've bought her on behalf of a partnership being put together by Ben Sangster which is going to buy several top fillies. She's going to be trained by David Wachman," reported Nicoll.

"This filly was a really good sort out of a very good racemare and by a top class stallion. I thought that she was quite reasonable value too. I've bought Ben two Galileo fillies here in the past - Dress Rehearsal and Paris Winds - and both of them have gone on make up into Stakes winners."

The closing stages of the session produced a flurry of big prices with Goffs auctioneer Clive Gardiner going to €280,000 for a Galileo filly from the family of Lycius and Citywest Inc Ltd forking out €210,000 for a Pivotal own-brother to Saoire - the dam of Tuesday's session topper.

A Hawthorn Villa Stud-consigned Oasis Dream colt who made 80,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale provided his connections with a terrific dividend on that investment when he was snapped up by Grant Pritchard Gordon for €220,000. He is out of an American Grade 3 winner.

Coming in at just below this mark on €210,000 was a son of the high class French racemare Luna Wells whose career highlight came when she landed the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary. The son of Danehill Dancer, who hailed from Mark Dwyer's Oaks Farm Stables, was bought by Vidal Sylvain.

Holy Roman Emperor's first crop remained in demand and Blandford Bloodstock'sTom Goff had to go to €170,000 to secure a son of the dual Group 1-winning juvenile from Ashtown House Stud. The colt is a half-brother to a trio of smart stakes winners, among them Bonus and Georgebernardshaw.

 "He's an absolutely belting yearling. He's a fabulous walker with a tremendous attitude and looks a cracking prospect for next year. He'll be staying in Ireland," stated Goff.

Tracey Collins will take charge of a Mr Greeley half-sister to the Group 3-winning duo Liscanna and The Bogberry after the filly was knocked down to David Redvers at €160,000.

 "I thought she was a miller of a yearling and she is a very exciting one to look forwardto. She comes from a good farm too," commented Redvers.

Jim Bolger's spending took in a pair of €150,000 lots. The first of these was a Galileo three-parts sister to his Lancashire Oaks runner-up Ezima. Bolger's other €150,000 purchase came in the shape of a colt, from the family of Marling by the recently euthanized and very eminent sire Gone West.

"The Galileo has been bought for the usual suspects," remarked Bolger. "She's a lovely filly and her three-parts sister was a classy filly. I've bought the Gone West for a new client. I have one by the sire at the moment and I've trained plenty of his grandchildren through Mr Greeley. He's a good colt."

Demi O'Byrne's spending included a €150,000 daughter of Galileo out of a half-sister to the Irish 2000 Guineasscorer Bachelor Duke and he gave €140,000 for a Holy Roman Emperor half-sister to Aidan O'Brien's Ebor Handicap runner-up Changingoftheguard.

Elsewhere Michael Dods spent €150,000 on a Danehill Dancer colt related to Observatory and Cheveley Park Stud went to €140,000 for a Croom House Stud consigned daughter of Galileo. Shadwell again made their presence felt late on, paying €130,000 for a Dalakhani colt and a daughter of Medicean.





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