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February Goffs Sale
was 'respectable'

comparable figures: goffs february sale
2009 538 397 188 47 1,628,300 8,661 3,500
2008 1009 703 371 53 4,559,800 12,291 5,500

THE two-day Goffs February Sale came to a close last nightwith a set of figures that were down on 2008  but had the company reflecting on a trade that was selective but respectable given the current economic backdrop.

Cut back from four days to two, the auction saw 306 less horses come under the hammer to produce a turnover of over €1.6m as against one of over €4.5 last year. The average of €8,661 was down on the €12,291 (29 per cent) taken 12 months ago, whilethe median fell from €5,500 to €3,500 (36 per cent).  Clearance rate was 48 per cent.

Veneration makes €115,000
Heading the concluding session was the unracedthree-year-old Veneration, part of a popular draft from Darley, who cost Louis Walshe €115,000. The Dalakhani filly is out of Homage and so is a half-sister to the brilliant miler and 1996 English 2000 Guineas hero Mark Of Esteem.

 "She was expensive and I probably gave more than I wanted to for her but she is a nice filly and in previous years I wouldn't have been able to get into a pedigree like this," stated Walshe.
Shortly afterwards RossDoyle forked out €70,000 for the Listed-placed Danehill Dancer filly Aleagueoftheirown. The Seskin Stud-consigned three-year-old is out of a sister to a Coronation Stakes winner, Golden Opinion.

Merry continues to buy breeding stock for foreign clients
Hugo Merry, who purchased in excess of 50 mares and fillies at the November Sale here, was once again in action for a variety of international interests. Foremost amongst his purchases was the former Firth Of Clyde Stakes runner-up Gallery Girl, for whom he gave €36,000. He also spent €26,000 on Oak Lodge Stud's Tight Circle who is carrying to Aragorn.

 "Both of these mares will go to India," he reported. "Gallery Girl will come back to me and will be covered before being sent to India. She's a nice filly with a good race record and didn't look bad value.

"I've also beenbuying a few mares to go out to Beirut. They are for existing racehorse owners who would like to bring in some fresh blood out there."

Emerald step up to buy Linamix filly
Towards the end of the sale Emerald Bloodstock spent €48,000 on the unraced Linamix four-year-old Netrebko. Offered by Gilbinstown Stud, she is a sister to a French Group 3 winner and a half-sister to the American Group 2 hero Pinfloron out of Pinafore.

Darley draft in demand
Popular members of the Darley draft included the King's Best filly Hijab - a daughter of Hi Dubai, a Group 1-placed own-sister to Fantastic Light - who cost Shane O'Sullivan €41,000 and a sister to the Nassau Stakes heroine Favourable Terms who was knocked down to Tullamaine Castle Stud at €46,000.

BBA Ireland buy Centrepiece
Prior to this Eamon Reilly of the BBA Ireland, who was among those that tried to secure Veneration, spent €38,000 on Darley's Centrepiece who is a Pivotal half-sister to a stakes winner in Dubai.

 "She's a very nice filly from quite a goodfamily and I've bought her on behalf of established Irish clients," said Reilly.

Post-sale statement
In his end of sale statement Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: “ ‘There’s nothing wrong with this trade when a good one comes in’ – that kind of comment has been the story of the last two days.

“Trade over the two days has been competitive and selective and it is difficult to argue with that approach given the prevailing worldwide economic instability. It is incredibly hard to take punt with so much uncertainty about so we are full of admiration for those who continue to speculate and we are committed toassisting them in any way we can."




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