Goffs Foal, Mare Sales Record Increases

Officials of Goffs Ireland were delighted with the results of their foal and mare sales. The six-day run of auctions ended on Sunday with increases all round in turnover (+11.%), average (+8.4%), and median (+10%), though there were still plenty who failed to sell.

This year saw 1,488 catalogued, with 1,303 offered and 951 sold for a total of 18,152,000 euros (approximately $18,217,529), an average of 19,088 euros ($19,157), and a median of 11,000 euros ($11,040).

Last year there were 1,439 catalogued, with 1,258 offered and 926 selling for 16,296,000 euros, an average of 17,597 euros, and median of 10,000 euros.

The two days of mares over the weekend saw some significant purchases, notably Ardenode Stud's private deal to buy three-year-old Ebaraya, consigned by the Aga Khan Studs, for 925,000 euros ($928,339), after she was led out of the ring unsold for 800,000 euros ($802,888).

The price was the second biggest ever for a filly at Goffs and the daughter of Sadler's Wells, who won a handicap race at Rosecommon in September, is the full sister to the 1997 Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Ebadiyla and half-sister to Enzeli and Edabiya.

The top lot on Sunday was also from the Aga Khan Studs as the 16-year-old Darshaan mare Anaza, covered by Muhtarram, went to the 200,000 euros ($200,722) bid from David Nagle of Barronstown Stud. Anaza has produced eight winners.

The demand for foals was steady until picking up strongly on November 22, the final day, when two were snapped up for Sheikh Mohammed.

The first foal by Kings Best to be sold at public auction, a colt who was consigned by Nanallac Stud, went to John Ferguson for 250,000 euros ($250,903).

Ferguson, who buys principally for Godolphin, commented: "Kings Best has produced some very good colts from his first crop and this was a particularly good example. I thought he was a real athlete."

The top price of the Goffs November foal sale was achieved by the Green Desert filly that is a half sister to Canadian grade III winner Alexis. Consigned by Cloncahir House Stud, on behalf of Dr. Peter Harms, she was knocked down to agent Richard O'Gorman for 300,000 euros ($301,083).

The four days of foal selling saw 863 offered from the 976 catalogued, with 613 selling for 10,503,000 euros (9,407,000), 11.3% up, with the average increasing 3.2% to 17,133 euros and the median reaching 10,000 euros. In 2001, 791 were offered from the 910 catalogued, with 568 selling for a gross of 9,407,000 euros. The average was 16,000 euros, and the median was 9,500 euros.