Goffs Breeding Stock Sale Suffers Setbacks

The Goffs November breeding stock sale ended its two-day run Nov. 20 in Ireland with decreases in gross, average price, and median price from the previous year. Goffs’ chief executive, Henry Beeby, said the market was “highly selective,” but that “there has been real competition for the better bred stock.”

The results included a gross of €5,031,500 ($6,873,630) for the 310 horses sold. The average price was €16,230 ($22,172) and the median price was €9,000 ($12,295). In 2009, the 304 horses sold grossed €5,458,500 and averaged €17,955. The median was €10,000.

The clearance rate was 62.4% this year compared with 72.2% last year.

Annie The Doc, a 5-year-old daughter of Nayef and the winning Chief's Crown mare Susquehanna Days, brought the top price of €55,000 ($75,137) on the second and final day of the auction. Con Marnane purchased her from Morristown Lattin Stud.

Annie The Doc finished third twice in 15 career races. She is a half sister to the stakes-placed winner Balladonia (by Primo Dominie), who is the dam of 2010 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium (Fr-I) winner Wootton Bassett (by Iffraaj).

The results for Goffs’ breeding stock and foal sales combined included a gross of €15,166,400 ($20,719,100) for the 709 horses sold. The average was €21,391 ($29,223), up 4% from a year ago, and the median was €12,000 ($16,393), up 4.3%.

In 2009, the 778 horses that were sold grossed €16,009,700 and averaged €20,578. The median was €11,500.

The clearance rate was 65.5% this year compared with 68.3% last year.



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