A colt by last year's leading European freshman sire, Lope de Vega, secured the spotlight during the third session of the Goffs November foal sale Nov. 18 in County Kildare, Ireland.
Luke Barry of Manister House Stud went to €105,000 (US$112,203) to land the Lope de Vega colt, who was consigned by Kellsgrange Stud. The colt, out of the winning Nureyev mare Charmgoer, was bred in Ireland by J. Dwan and Lope de Vega syndicate. Kentucky-bred Charmgoer is a half sister to U.S. grade I winners Dare and Go and Go Deputy.
Lope de Vega, an 8-year-old son of Shamardal, was paced last year by group I winner and European champion Belardo. He'll stand the 2016 season for €45,000 (US$48,008) at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
The day's highes-priced filly was a daughter of Intikhab out of the six-time winner and multiple stakes-placed mare Mid Mon Lady. Consigned by Nafferty Stud, she was purchased by Peter Kavanagh and Michael Downey for €87,000 (US$92,968).
With five sessions at this year's Goffs November compared with four sessions last year, it's difficult to compare sessions, but this year's third session saw numbers fall across the board as gross sales were down 52% (not considering exchange rates) to €3,509,000 (US$3,749,717), average fell 43% to €20,283 (US$21,674), and median was off 55% to €16,000 (US$17,098).
The sale continues Nov. 19-20 with its final two sessions.