Demand Strong for Mares and Foals at Goffs

Ireland's Goffs November sale, Nov. 13-19, saw buoyant trade with strong demand for both foals and mares during the seven-day event.

During the first five days, 778 foals (710 in 2005) sold for an aggregate of 23,371,000 euros (up 32% on the 2005 figure of 17,711,200 euros), an average of 30,040 euros (up 20% on the 2005 figure of 24,945 euros) and a median of 20,000 euros (up 48% on the 2005 figure of 13,500 euros).

Top lot among the foals was a 320,000-euro Tiger Hill colt out of Four Roses, which went to Newmarket, England-based Dick O'Gorman Bloodstock on behalf of Darley. It was a good sale for the vendors of the top lot, Abbeville & Meadow Court Studs, as they also ended the foal sale as leading overall vendor, selling eight foals for a total of 685,000 euros (average 85,625 euros). Agent Bobby O'Ryan was the top purchaser, securing 24 lots for a total of 963,500 euros (average 40,146 euros).

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, saw 376 (391 in 2005) mares & fillies change hands for 13,218,000 euros (up 13% on the 2005 figure of 11,723,900 euros), with an average of 35,154 euros (up 17% on the 2005 figure of 29,984 euros) and a median of 30,000 euros (up 87% on the 2005 figure of 16,000 euros).

Darley and the Aga Khan Studs were the most popular vendors. Among the Darley contingent was the Listed-placed Nellie Nolan (by Storm Cat), who chased home Six Perfections as a juvenile. She went to Grangemore Stud for 280,000 euros. Top lot of the mares sale was Alasana (by Darshaan). Offered by the Aga Khan Studs, the 15-year-old mare is the dam of the 2002 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) runner-up and Listed winner Alasha plus four other winners. She was sold to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock for 430,000 euros.

Darley ended the broodmare sale as top overall seller, with 34 lots going for a total of 2,086,000 euros (average 61,353 euros) while Halim Aydin Omer from Turkey was the leading purchaser, acquiring 19 lots for 938,500 euros (average 49,395 euros).

Matt Mitchell, Goffs managing director, commented: "It has been a fantastic sale -- the outstanding foal trade was followed by a very solid market for mares at all levels.

"Demand for mares from the domestic market was very strong and the presence of buyers from France, Italy, UK, Turkey and India contributed to a very successful sale."