|The Aga Khan Studs’ Siyouni filly Sheranda (Lot 513 - pictured), a four year old half-sister to dual Group 2 Blandford Stakes winner Shamreen as well as the Group 3 winner Shahroze out of a Group 3 winning dam, topped the Goffs February Sale when purchased today by BBA Ireland for €220,000.
BBA Ireland accounted for the top three lots of the sale, having struck earlier for Grange Hill Stud’s Group placed Motivator mare Hergame (Lot 450), a sister to a Group 3 winner who made €200,000, as well as another top class prospect from the Aga Khan draft in Hazakiyra (Lot 430) bought for €150,000. A winning daughter of Camelot, Hazakiyra is a half-sister to the multiple Group winner Hazapour and out of a Listed winning sister to dual Derby winner Harzand.
Baroda Stud provided another of today’s six figure highlights when their outstanding Dark Angel mare Vrai (Lot 521) sold to John Walsh Bloodstock for €130,000. Vrai is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Lilbourne Lad and is in foal to Le Havre.
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Reflecting on the 2020 February Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
“Goffs February is the preferred option for so many breeders at this time of year as it combines the largest selection of weanlings with an eclectic mix of mares and fillies with breeding potential. In the main it reacts to the previous autumn’s trade both in terms of entries and trade.
As such it follows a superb edition of the Goffs November Sale which returned a stunning trade for the cream of the foal crop and exceeded expectations for the breeding stock catalogued.
Yesterday’s weanlings enjoyed a vibrant trade for the most part with keen competition for those that a large group of buyers, mostly made up of pinhookers, felt would hold most appeal at the first choice 2020 yearling sales. Of course the knock-on effect is a trade that can be unforgiving for those less obvious picks although it was gratifying to see the clearance rate improve by three points; that said 65% is not a statistic that leads to much celebration but is a stark illustration of the unforgiving nature of the market.
Today’s Breeding Stock and mixed session has performed well with the top two prices of €220,000 and €200,000 both more than double last year’s high. We have been delighted to welcome a truly international group of buyers from across Europe and the Gulf Region whilst the home team has also been very active although, once again, selectivity has been the key word reflecting the market everywhere at present.
For now we extend our thanks to each vendor and every purchaser for their support as we are nothing without them”.