Goffs Closes Successful Week of Trading
Lacking the previous day's fireworks on the acquisition of Irish record-priced filly Chicquita, a more subdued second session Nov. 23 closed a successful week for the Goffs November sales.
Excluding Paul Makin's Paulyn dispersal, from which Chicquita was bought for €6 million ($8,128,284), the two-day breeding stock session saw robust gains across the board.
The aggregate of €13,011,600 ($17,639,498 in United States funds) for 324 horses sold during the two-day auction soared 59.6% over last year's figures.
The average price of €40,159 ($54,442) ballooned 44.3% and the median of €14,500 ($19,657) grew 31.8%.
Overall, six days of November sales trading, including weanling and yearling sales earlier in the week but excluding the Paulyn dispersal, amounted to €31,316,300 ($42,454,720) on 1,025 horses sold, up 35.2% from last year when 874 horses sold.
"There were nine lots over €500,000 ($677,837) and a massive 49 six-figure lots which compares most favorably with the 17 at last year's sale," Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said after the week long sale. "And even without the Paulyn lots, there were 31 at €100,000 ($135,567) or over, which clearly illustrates the massive strides that this sale continues to make year after year."
Bloodstock agents Peter and Ross Doyle acquired 2013 Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Chicquita out of the Paulyn dispersal on the first day of the breeding stock sale, Nov. 22.
The 3-year-old Montjeu filly out of French stakes winner Prudenzia, by Dansili, was bought for an unnamed client and could remain in training. She was offered by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of Makin, who was dispersing his entire bloodstock holdings under the Paulyn banner.
All 24 horses offered in the Paulyn dispersal were sold, bringing in total receipts of €12,734,000 ($17,263,163), an average of €530,583 ($719,298) and median of €220,000 ($298,248).
"The Paulyn dispersal proved the catalyst for the strongest November breeding stock catalog in living memory and we are, of course, indebted to Paul and Lyndall Makin for entrusting us with their beautiful collection of Thoroughbreds, especially as it is common knowledge that they received several private offers in the lead up to the sale," Beeby said. "I think it is also right to commend The Castlebridge Consignment, who put on some show and presented the draft immaculately.
"However, the sale had great depth even without the Paulyn draft and I want to extend another huge thank you to every vendor of every lot. We strive to provide a superior service to the Irish breeder and their faith in us is increasingly evident as we are making strides in every category.
"Yes, this has been a most successful week, not just for Goffs but for the Irish Bloodstock industry."
Two-time winner Vastitas brought the highest price on closing day at €90,000 ($122,010). The half sister to group I-placed Queen Catrine was offered in foal to Intense Focus and sold to S.M. Bloodstock out of Jim Bolger's Glebe House Stable consignment. The 5-year-old Green Desert mare is out of the King's Best mare Kahira, a half sister to 1998 European champion sprinter Tamarisk. She from the extended family of Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Treve.
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