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low key Goffs December

THE year at Goffs drew to a low key close on Wednesday with the rescheduled December National Hunt Sale which was headed by a €35,000 son of Presenting and produced a set of figures that finished adrift of those from last year.

Of the 214 horses to come under the hammer 92 were sold which produced a turnover of €535,300 which felt short of the €775,000 taken in at this sale last year. The average of €5,818 was down on the corresponding figure's €6,250 while the median also dropped slightly going from €3,500 to €3,200.

The sale, which took place a week later than scheduled owing to poor weather, got off to a very quiet start before picking up somewhat when foals by some of the elite jumping stallions came under the hammer. However, it was a trying day for the majority of vendors with the clearance rate dropping from 55 percent to 42 per cent yesterday. Again the auction illustrated the struggle facing those occupying the lower reaches of the national hunt market.

Centre stage went to an immediate relation of the Gold Cup and dual Hennessy Gold Cup hero Denman as the Ballyhampshire Stud-consigned son of Presenting was knocked down to Dick Frisby for €35,000.

"He's a very well bred horse and he looked like reasonable value," commented Frisby whose purchase is also related to Silverburn and the very smart Far Horizon. "He's closely related to Denman, is a really good mover and has a lot going for him. He'll be coming back for resale in a few years' time."

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King's Theatre £928,943
Presenting £854,809
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £673,067
Oscar £656,070
Westerner £543,568
Flemensfirth £465,623
Kayf Tara £421,559
Stowaway £372,236
Midnight Legend £361,335