Increased Goffs Kempton catalogue released
GOFFS' decision to suspend their Breeze-Up Sale at Dundalk appears to have benefitted the sale's sister auction at Kempton on March 12.
Last week, Goffs' chief executive Henry Beeby said that by axeing Dundalk from the company's sale calendar, Goffs officials would be able to spend more time enhancing their Breeze-Up Sale at Kempton.
This year's catalogue is stronger at least numerically than the 2009 renewal with 94 horses catalogued compared to 76 a year ago.
Among the stand-outs on paper is a Street Cry colt out of Canadian Listed winner Inspired Kiss from Oak Tree Farm, a Holy Roman Emperor filly out of Listed winner Queen Of Palms from Harefield Lodge Stables and a Majestic Missile half-brother to a pair of stakes winners from Ballyhane.
Last year's renewal was topped by a £58,000 son of Danehill Dancer, who was sold to the Kern/Lillingston Association. Later named Barzan, the colt went on to win at Brighton for Tom Dascombe.
All told, 36 horses - 63 per cent of those offered - changed hands for a total of £663,100. The average dropped 39 per cent to £18,419 while the median fell 40 per cent to £15,000.
Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: "Prize money remains the key issue for racehorse owners and as the first Breeze-up of the season, Kempton buyers are at a real advantage to benefit from not just one but two Bonus schemes.
"The combination of a top quality catalogue, excellent facilities, a location close to Heathrow and London, together with the Bonus schemes, makes our Kempton Breeze-up Sale an absolute must for purchasers looking for their next winner."