A daughter of New Approach topped the opening session of the Goffs Orby yearling sale, bringing €775,000 ($1,000,600 in U.S. funds) Oct. 3 in Ireland. Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock purchased the bay filly from trainer Jim Bolger's Redmondstown Stud.
Bolger bred the yearling in Ireland. Produced from the Phone Trick mare Hymn of the Dawn, she is a full sister to Dawn Approach, who won the Sept. 15 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-I). Dawn Approach's other 2012 efforts include victories in the Coventry (Eng-II) and Alfred Nobel Rochestown stakes.
The results for the opening session included a gross of €13,553,500 ($17,500,000) for the 152 yearlings that were sold. The average price was €89,168 ($115,132) and the median price was €55,000 ($71,015). Compared to last year, when 175 horses were sold, the gross rose 26.8%. The average and median increased 46% and 31%, respectively.
The clearance rate rose to 84.4% from 83.7% in 2011.