New Approach Filly Leads Way at Goffs

An Arch filly is the second-highest-priced yearling sold Sept. 28 in Ireland.

Three horses brought prices of €300,000 ($406,722 in U.S. funds) or more during the second session of the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland Sept. 28. All three were fillies.

Topping the session was a daughter of New Approach that commanded €350,000 ($474,509), which was the auction’s most expensive price so far. Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai purchased the chestnut yearling in the name of his Shadwell Estate Co. from The Castlebridge Consignment.

Produced from the unraced Indian Ridge mare Posterity, the filly is a half sister to Future Generation (by Hurricane Run), who captured this year’s Desmond Stakes (Ire-III) and also finished second in the Minstrel Stakes (Ire-III). Posterity is a half sister to 2001 Prix de Meautry Royal Barriere (Fr-III) winner Do The Honours (by Highest Honour) and Seba (by Alzao), a stakes winner in England and the third-place finisher in the 2002 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I).

Sheikh Hamdan also bought a €340,000 ($460,952) Arch – Princess Kris filly from Airlie Stud. Sir Robert Ogden purchased a €300,000 ($406,722) Galileo – Altitude filly from Staffordstown.

According to Goffs, the results for the second session included a gross of €9,928,500 ($13,460,500) for the 164 yearlings that were sold. The average was €60,539 ($82,075) and the median was €42,000 ($56,941).

The clearance rate was 80%.