Goffs' Orby Yearling Sale Declines

Trading at Goffs' flagship yearling auction, the Orby Sale, fell just behind the 2001 fixture when the two-day event finished at Kill, Co Kildare, in Ireland on Wednesday evening.

Of the 375 lots offered, 350 were sold for a total of 35,978,000 euros (US$ 35,614,620), down 9% on 2001, with the 102,794 euros (US$101,756) average down by 3%. The 62,000 euros ($61,374) median was up by 7% on 12 months ago.

Thursday's top-priced lot was a 770,000 euros ($762,223) Danehill colt out of the Silver Deputy mare Born Beautiful consigned from Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud in Co Westmeath on behalf of his brother Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud.

Johnny McKeever, standing with trainer Brian Meehan, made much of the running for the January-born colt but it was Adrian Nicoll of BBA Ireland, standing alongside John Magnier and the Coolmore party, who provided the main opposition to the eventual buyer, Anthony Stroud of the BBA, acting for unidentified overseas clients.

Born Beautiful is out a half-sister to the dam of group 1 winners Pas De Reponse and Green Tune and is from the close family of Storm Bird.

Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud enjoyed a fantastic pinhooking coup when reoffering a Grand Lodge colt he had bought as a foal for IRĀ£29,000 in the same ring 11 months ago. Since then the colt's half-sister Irresistible Jewel has scored in group II company and the youngster's value had risen to 480,000 euros ($475,152) by the time Coolmore principal John Magnier signaled the successful bid.

The colt, signed for by Demi O'Byrne, is set to be trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle for Magnier and Michael Tabor. The same team paid 825,000 euros ($816,668) on Tuesday night for the Sadler's Wells colt out of Puck's Castle which topped the sale.

Business at Goffs continues today with the one-day Challenge Sale at which 254 lots are catalogued.

Results, catalog, from Goffs