Goffs Million Sale Tests Irish Market

Ireland’s flagship yearling auction, the Goffs Million sale, gets under way at Kill in Co. Kildare Sept. 29. There are  657 lots in the catalog, 49 less than last year.

After a disappointing yearling sale at nearby Tattersalls Ireland last week and following market drops at Keeneland and Doncaster this year, many vendors are resigned to a decline in figures at Goffs.

Pat O’Kelly’s Kilcarn Stud has long made a big impact at this sale, and its offerings this year include lot 265, a first-crop Oratorio colt out of Spirit of Tara, a mare whose progeny have made huge sums in recent years at Goffs.

Lot 370, consigned from Kirsten Rausing’s Staffordstown Stud, is a Selkirk half-brother to last year’s 2.4-million euros sale-topping filly Jane Eyre. They are out of the outstanding mare Albanova.

Standout fillies include lot 276, a daughter of Danehill Dancer who is a full-sister to this season’s group I-winning juvenile Mastercraftsman and a three-parts sister to American grade III  winner Genuine Devotion. She is consigned from Paul Shanahan’s Ashtown House Stud.

Those who already have expensive price tags include lot 516, a Sadler’s Wells filly that made 210,000 guineas at Tattersalls last December and is re-offered by  Ballincurrig House Stud.

Lot 458, a son of Galileo, is a 280,000-euro foal and is consigned from Eugene McDermott’s Kennycourt Stud. Lot 528, a Rock of Gibraltar colt, was bought for 240,000 euros as a foal by Paul Shanahan.

Meanwhile, lot 365, a daughter of Dubawi, is offered from Goffs chairman Eimear Mulhern’s Abbeville and Meadowcourt Studs after  having been bought for 160,000 guineas by Dick O’Gorman as a foal at Tattersalls.

The Goffs Million Sale runs through Oct. 1 and is followed by the two-day Sportsman’s sale.