Goffs Orby Sale Ends on Positive Note

Hurricane Run filly fetches 100,000 euros on final day

(Edited release)

Goffs Orby Sale for vendors and purchasers alike drew to a close this evening with a strong third day's trade that saw an increase in average price of 27% over the corresponding day last year. Figures held up well for the entire three day sale resulting in a median increase and an impressive 82% clearance rate.

Jim Bolger signed for the top three lots on the final day of selling, a day that saw a large international contingent once again at Goffs. These were headed by an athletic daughter of Hurricane Run from Ennistown Stud (Lot 550) purchased for 100,000 euros. The filly's 2-year old half-brother won twice since the catalogue was printed and she hails from the close family of multiple stakes winner Self Defense.

One lot earlier Bolger went to 95,000 euros for an Indian Haven half-sister to stakes winner Dancing Master and is out of an own sister to group III winner Dancing Bloom. Lot 549 was consigned by Cooneen Stud. While the trainer, who has enjoyed incredible success with Goffs graduates including New Approach, Lush Lashes, Intense Focus and Finsceal Beo, also paid 95,000 euros for another filly, Lot 447, a Holy Roman Emperor out of an own sister to two group performers.

This year's total average of 49,669 euros for 499 lots sold compared to last year's average of 54,097 euros for 642 lots sold was down 8%.

Commenting at the conclusion of the Orby Sale, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
"Goffs Orby Sale is the showcase for the best bred yearlings in Ireland and Irish breeders certainly answered our call this year rewarding us with a catalogue of depth, diversity and quality. In particular, Days 1 and 2 represented all that is best about Irish breds and it was most gratifying to hear so many favourable comments about the catalogue.

“Given the current economic climate and the results of other recent sales we are perfectly satisfied with the last three days. Kildare Paddocks have never been busier with many vendors reporting more shows than ever which is surely the consequence of the truly excellent racetrack results of recent Goffs graduates."

Comparative Figures
3 Day Million Sale  2008 vs. 2009  Orby Sale  Days 1 and 2
Year  Offered Sold   Aggregate  €  Average  €  Median €
2008  592  444  (75%)  32,353,000  72,867  45,000
2009  385  326  (85%)  22,152,000  67,951 (-7%)  50,000 (+11)

Sportsman's Sale 2008 vs. Orby 2009 Day 3
Year  Offered  Sold  Aggregate  € Average  € Median €
2008  272   198 (73%)   2,377,300  12,007  7,500
2009  225   173 (77%)   2,632,600  15,217  (+27%)  10,000  (+33%)

Total Sale
Year  Offered Sold Turnover € Average € Median €
2008  864  642 (74%)  34,730,000  54,097  27,000
2009  610  499 (82%)  24,784,600  49,669 (-8%)  28,000 (+4%)