Rayina Shines as Goffs Sale Ends

Rayina, a 3-year-old winning Irish-bred daughter of Sinndar, brought the most expensive price of 100,000 guineas during the second and final session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale in Ireland. Spratstown Stud purchased her from the Aga Khan Studs Nov. 23.

Produced from the 10-year-old winning Rainbow Quest mare Rayyana, Rayina is a half-sister to 2008 Killavullan Stakes (Ire-III) winner Rayeni (by Indian Ridge).

The final figures for the auction were 312 horses sold (from 498 offered), a gross of 7,740,000 euros, and an average price of 24,808 euros. Last year, when the sale had three sessions, the 431 horses sold grossed 12,488,600 euros and averaged 28,976 euros.

“ ‘We can’t get near the good ones!’ – so said a noted buyer on Saturday (Nov. 22), and the theme of real competition for quality, established at the end of last week for our foals, certainly spilled over into the mare session,” said Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby. “We are very satisfied with the trade for breeding stock over the last two days. Our friends from India and Turkey have been particularly active, and we are so grateful for their patronage. Our ability to achieve the very best prices for this category has been illustrated again with a top price of 620,000 euros – more than double last year’s high – for His Highness The Aga Khan’s Four Sins (during the opening session), and thanks again to his team as well as the many other mare vendors who helped us put together a catalog of real strength and depth.

“On Friday (Nov. 21), I said that we were disappointed with the results as, from Goffs’ point of view, we have taken a big hit this week,” Beeby continued. “But we are in the same position as countless others in the industry and will work our way out of this current downturn by sticking to what we do best, which is selling quality bloodstock to the widest audience.”