Numbers Down as Goffs Concludes Sportsman's Sale

A Danetime yearling colt topped the second and final day of the Sportsman’s Sale at Goffs in Ireland on Oct. 5.
 
He was bought by agent Bobby O’Ryan for 40,000 euros ($56,544).
 
The day saw 278 lots cataloged, with 247 offered and just 154 selling for 1,173,700 euros ($1,659,138) at an average of 7,621 euros ($10,775).
 
The day’s trading failed to stem the fall in business seen during the Sportsman’s Sale this year as against 2006. The aggregate, average, median and clearance rate were all significantly down for the two days of selling.
 
Nonetheless, Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said the sales company was “perfectly content with the lively trade for the two-day Sportsman’s Sale from a wide domestic and international buyer base.”

He pointed to the new Sportsman’s Sale record price of 240,000 euros ($339,304) set this year.
 
"All in all, we are very happy with the week’s trade at Goffs,” said Beeby. He noted that record prices were set in both the Million and Sportsman’s sales, topped by the highest-priced yearling in Europe for five years at 2,400,000 euros ($3,392,926).

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