Entries Reduced for Goffs' Million & Sportsman's Sales

Goffs Bloodstock Sales has just released its catalogs for the Million and Sportsman’s Yearling Sales catalogues, which have been collectively scaled down to 610 entries from 663 in 2006.

“I believe it represents real quality,” said Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby about both sales. “We have resisted the temptation to go for numbers and limited the total to 610 hand-picked individuals. We think the pedigrees and the physical specimens illustrate our commitment to quality and that every buyer will be well catered for as the price range will be wide.”

Only graduates of these yearling sales are eligible to compete for a potential prize fund of €5,300,000.

“Our potential prize fund is something unique and the Million dream is very attainable,” Beeby said. “Couple that with the undeniable value of the Sportsman’s Sale and I think Goffs provides potential purchasers with five extraordinary days of future champions. A look at the cover of both catalogues clearly makes the point.”

Two horses, a colt and a filly in the Goffs Million catalogue are guaranteed to each win €1,000,000 in The Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Millions 2008 and with the new Goffs Guineas Bonus, they stand to win a further €1,000,000 each should they also win the 2009 Irish Guineas.  Graduates of the Sportsman’s Sale, meanwhile, can contest the €100,000 Goffs Sportsman’s Challenge at the Curragh on Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Millions Day 2008.

Goffs Million Sale takes place Oct. 1-3, followed by the two-day Sportsman’s Sale starting Oct. 4.  Each sale is cataloged alphabetically by dam.  Horses will be available for inspection for a minimum of two days before the sale, with all Million Sale horses to be on the Goffs complex for the weekend before the sale.

The average price at last year’s Goffs Million Sale was €115,996 (£78,403) and the median was €70,000 (£47,315), with horses ranging from €10,000 to €2 million. Average at the Sportsman’s Sale was €17,050 (£11,522), and median was €12,000 (£8,106).

The catalogs are now available online at www.goffs.com

Dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo heads the list of top-class 3-year-olds from the inaugural Million Sale, which also counts Miss Beatrix, Arch Swing, Regime and Theann among its alumni.  The 2006 sale has produced winners of more than 45 juvenile races this season, among them Elletelle, winner of the group II Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot; group II Debutante Stakes winner Campfire Glow; group III winners Albabilia and New Approach; and Listed winners Lisvale, Triskel and Sweepstake. 

Fleeting Spirit, winner of the group III Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, was purchased for just €35,000 at the Sportsman’s Sale.

All major consignors are represented, including Moyglare Stud, which will offer a yearling draft for the first time.  World-class sires represented include Cape Cross, Danehill Dancer, Elusive Quality  , Galileo, Indian Ridge, Invincible Spirit, Kingmambo, Montjeu, Pivotal, Rahy, Red Ransom, Sadlers Wells and Storm Cat.

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