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Superb Year For Goffs National Hunt Ends With Vibrant December Sale
A memorable 2019 sales year at Goffs concluded with the second session of the December National Hunt Sale that saw vibrant trade throughout for foals and breeding stock and led to significant rises in the sale’s turnover and median as well as an increase in the foal average.

Today’s foal trade was headed by a son of Walk In The Park out of the Grade 1 hurdle winner La Segnora (Lot 394 - pictured) that was consigned by Ashwood Stud on behalf of Gary Adams and sold to Prospect Stables for €64,000.  

White Bloodstock’s colt by Blue Bresil out of a sister to Grade 2 winning hurdler Askanna and Grade 1 winning chaser Abolitionist (Lot 472) was the next highest priced foal of Day 2 when knocked down to Kevin Ross Bloodstock and Killeen Glebe for €56,000.  Another stand out was the Flemensfirth colt foal (Lot 531) out of multiple Grade 1 winning mare Petite Parisienne who herself topped the sale here in 2016 selling for €130,000.  Consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud on behalf of Coolmara Stables, he was bought by Willie Bryan for €54,000.

Don Poli’s half-sister topped the breeding stock section of the sale as the Listed placed Kayf Tara mare Alighting (Lot 580 - pictured) sold from the Gigginstown House Stud draft to Babbinswood Ltd for €58,000.  She is in foal to Diamond Boy.  Another well related mare was Rathmore Stud’s Presenting seven year old Simone, a half-sister to the multiple Grade 1 winning Simonsig, and she sold in foal to Getaway to Cottage Bloodstock for €50,000.

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Reflecting on the two day December National Hunt Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“The December NH Sale has been part of the Goffs NH success story of recent years and we have been delighted to return such a vibrant trade over the last two days with increases in the foal average and median and a very agreeable clearance rate of 71%. A ring turnover of well over €5 million for the first time is also very pleasing and a clear indication of the growing reputation of the sale especially since it should be remembered that 2018 was topped by a record breaking €230,000 mare.

Competition has been fierce for foals as buyers from home and the UK battled it out for the superbly bred youngsters entrusted to us by so many leading NH breeders. This sale follows a record breaking renewal of the Land Rover Sale that returned the highest single day ring turnover and median price of any store sale in history so confirming its recent elevation to the first choice Store Sale for increasing numbers of the best three year olds on the market.

As ever we are indebted to our vendors as we are nothing without their wonderful horses and express our supreme appreciation to every buyer. Hopefully many of the foals will return to Goffs sales rings as three year olds in 2022…”

Comparative Figures – FOALS ONLY

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€)
2018 401 290 (72%) 4,040,850 13,934 10,000
2019 492 347 (71%) 4,904,200 (+21%) 14,133 (+1.4%) 10,500 (+5%)


Comparative Figures – WHOLE SALE

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€)
2018 453 319 (70%) 4,635,650 14,532 9,000
2019 524 367 (70%) 5,287,200 (+14%) 14,407 (-0.8%) 11,500 (+17%)


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fonte : Goffs



By John Berry

The careers of Dubawi (Ire) (Dubai Millennium {GB}) and Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) have run side by side all the way through. Both were Maktoum-owned Group 1 “winning juveniles in 2004 and then “Guineas’ winners for Godolphin in 2005. Both then joined the Darley roster, initially as dual-hemisphere shuttlers before being restricted to the Northern Hemisphere; and their stud careers have both blossomed ever since.

For much of that time, Dubawi’s status has arguably been higher (witness that in 2015, the last time that Shamardal’sfee was specified rather than being described as>private’, Dubawi was covering for ,125,000 while Shamardal was more affordable at i70,000). Shamardal, however, is currently riding on such a crest of a wave that one would now be hard pressed to name a first among equals. While I am second to none in my respect for Dubawi’s ability to instil toughness and durability as well as classinto his stock, I have to admit to a totally subjective bias in Shamardal’s favour simply because I’ve admired him from the outset. Admittedly, I didn’t notice him when the late Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud Management, after consultation with that great judge-of-a-bargain Mark Johnston, bought him at Tattersallsfor the ludicrously small sum of 50,000gns as a yearling in October 2003.

https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/pdf/tdn/tdn191213e.pdf   (Shamardal video)