Key Numbers Down At Goffs Orby Select Sessions

Sheikh Mohammed struck early at the second of two select sessions at the Goffs' Orby Sale at Kill, Co Kildare, Ireland, Tuesday, but the overall figures for the select part of the sale were down.

His agent, John Ferguson, paid 550,000 euros (about $676,000), the highest price of the day, for a first-crop representative of Darley sire Fantastic Light out of Sabaah, a mare represented by a string of six-figure lots over the years at this fixture including 1997 Irish Derby (Ire-I) and Irish 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I) winner Desert King.

A May 9 foal, the yearling filly was consigned by her breeder, the Irish National Stud, and will join Godolphin.

Ferguson also paid 340,000 euros for a Royal Applause colt out of the Group I-placed filly Yara bred by Tony and Chryss O'Reilly.

Demi O'Byrne bid up to 520,000 euros for a second-crop Montjeu colt out of Sallanches consigned from Paul Shanahan's Ashtown House Stud. Shanahan turned over a huge profit on the transaction, having purchased the February-born colt for 82,000 euros from breeder Kilcarn Stud in the same ring as a foal in November.

O'Byrne later signed the ticket for a 310,000 euros colt by Montjeu's record-breaking sire Sadler's Wells consigned locally from Sonia Rogers' Airlie Stud. The bay is out of the Habitat mare Copper Creek, a mare who has produced nine winners from 11 runners to date, including group II Temple Stakes scorer Tipsy Creek and the yearling's full-brother, Monaser, who scored at Clonmel earlier this month.

Tuesday, 214 yearlings were catalogued, with 190 being offered of which 172 sold for 14,035,000 euros at an average of 81,599 euros.

The two select sessions of Ireland's premier yearling sale combined saw 314 catalogued, 284 offered, 251 sold for 21,701,000 euros, an average of 86,458 euros and median of 65,000 euros.

Last year when the format was slightly different, 400 were catalogued for the select sessions, with 365 offered, 331 selling for 31,591,000 euros at an average of 95,441 euros though the median was the same at 65,000 euros.

Nick Nugent of Goffs commented: "Overall we have had lower
results with the average down though the median was the same and we still have three days of the Orby sale to go.

"We had hoped to improve the quality at the select sessions by reducing the number catalogued but that has not happened which is disappointing.

"A number of people have chosen not to sell their best yearlings in Ireland and we need to work hard to persuade them they should."