08/08/2020. Goffs Land Rover Goes Ahead As Planned / View Catalogue


Goffs confirmed today that its Land Rover Sale will proceed next week on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August despite confirmation that, due to the current situation with Covid 19 in Ireland, overseas buyers will not be able to attend unless they have travelled from a “Green List” country or have quarantined in Ireland for 14 days prior to the sale.
Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland had worked with Horse Racing Ireland and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing to make a joint submission to Government to allow a limited number of key overseas buyers to attend both Irish store sales in a way that was compliant with current Irish Government directives. HRI made the submission to the Minister of Agriculture Food and the Marine on 13 July and Goffs issued provisional invitations to a select number of UK buyers who planned to attend. The submission sought to respect the quarantine requirements but, following consultation with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and in consideration of the deteriorating Covid 19 situation nationally, the current quarantine guidance regarding international travellers will apply for next week’s sale.

Commenting on the news, Goffs Group Chief Executive, Henry Beeby said:

“Naturally we are disappointed that our submission cannot be implemented at this time as we had worked with HRI on a proposal that was workable but respected current Government policy. However we recognise the increasing challenge facing the country and appreciate the difficult decisions facing the Government as the country battles this pandemic. On behalf of Goffs, I apologise to all our clients who are affected, first and foremost those UK buyers who had accepted the invitation, and our vendors who have supported us with such an outstanding group of horses.

“As we have stated the sale will proceed with detailed social distancing protocols in place. The Goffs team are continuing to proactively promote the sale and will provide as much assistance as possible to any buyer unable to attend by linking them with Irish agents, highlighting those entries that can be viewed online and encouraging the use of Goffs Online to bid. We will publish a list of Agents who confirm their attendance and are available to act as an inspector whilst we are also available to take phone bids from any potential purchaser.  

“As to future sales, we will continue to monitor the situation and look at any and all options as matters evolve but we would reiterate that the modern day Goffs was set up to provide a world class sales facility in Ireland and to serve the Irish breeder. At the same time we have a superb sales complex in the UK so we have options to serve the industry on both sides of The Irish Sea. However we feel it would be imprudent to rush in to any finite decisions beyond next week at this stage and we would ask for calm heads and the continued support of our loyal clients as by working together we can deliver the best results for the world class Irish horses so sought after around the world.

“For now we look forward to next week as we have a superb group of horses to offer and we should remember that recent editions of the Land Rover Sale have welcomed over 350 Irish buyers whilst modern technology can allow others to participate. It’s not ideal but nothing is at the moment and the health of the nation must be the priority”

Brian Kavanagh, HRI Chief Executive added:

“Like many other sectors, Covid 19 is having a serious impact on all aspects of our business and the international travel consequences are becoming ever more complicated.  I wish Goffs well with what will be the first public sale to be held in Ireland since February. While some visitors may not be able to attend in person, the current situation requires us to be as creative as possible and through Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Horse Racing Ireland will assist Goffs and their international buyers in any way we can.” 

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Goffs Land Rover Sale: One Week To Go

Goffs Land Rover Sale will get underway in exactly one week’s time, taking place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August at Kildare Paddocks.

As the sale approaches, Goffs wish to update and remind all attendees and participants of important information in relation to COVID-19 protocols and overseas attendance that have been put in place to ensure a successful sale for all.  Please see the questions & answers below.

Does the latest Irish Government announcement delaying the move to Phase 4 of their reopening plan impact the sale?
No. Goffs is a business and, like marts, shopping centres etc., can deliver social distancing protocols in full compliance with current Government guidelines.

However, as at other sales held in UK and France recently, attendance at the Land Rover Sale will be restricted to those directly involved in the sale.  Goffs’ overall capacity is not limited to a certain number as it has been demonstrated that social-distancing can be safely enforced throughout our large outdoor site and spacious indoor facility at Kildare Paddocks. So, whilst certain indoor areas will be strictly controlled to deliver social-distancing, Kildare Paddocks can conduct business and accommodate the numbers required to hold a successful sale.

What COVID-19 protocols are in place at Goffs?
In consultation with Horse Racing Ireland and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland have drawn up detailed protocols to ensure a safe and compliant environment in which to conduct sales in Ireland, starting with the Land Rover Sale.

The following measures will be strictly enforced by Goffs and our stewards to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees:

  • Attendees must complete a COVID-19 specific medical questionnaire in advance. Click here.
  • Photo ID is required on arrival and will be cross-checked with medical questionnaires. Please note this may result in short delays to access the complex. Goffs therefore advise all attendees to allow additional time on arrival.
  • Temperature checks will be carried out at all entry points.
  • Goffs strongly advise all attendees at the sale to download and use the Irish Government’s COVID-19 tracking app throughout their time at Goffs.
  • Wristbands will be issued to all attendees given access to the complex.
  • A second wristband allowing access to the sales pavilion will be issued to approved vendors and purchasers only.
  • A one-way system will operate throughout the main building and stables. As a result we advise attendees to leave extra time to move from area to area.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres will be enforced.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available throughout the complex.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times when indoors, except when availing of refreshments.
  • Goffs will not have any cash on site. All payments (including catering) must be made by card whilst Grooms Fees, Inward Buyer Subsidies etc. will all be paid electronically.

Who can attend the sale?
Like other recent sales, attendance at the Land Rover will be restricted to the following categories directly involved in the sale only, namely:

  • Buyers
  • Vendors
  • Consignors
  • Grooms
  • Veterinary surgeons and their assistants
  • Shipping agents
  • Medical personnel
  • Caterers
  • Limited numbers of Press (on application)
  • Goffs personnel

Can buyers from outside Ireland attend?
Yes.  The sale will be run in accordance with Irish Government guidance regarding COVID-19 at the time, which is liable to change depending on the national situation with the Pandemic. As restrictions currently apply to travel from a number of countries, Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland, following consultation with Horse Racing Ireland and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), have drawn up a specific set of protocols and measures to ensure that a limited number of overseas buyers can safely attend the Land Rover Sale. 

These protocols have been communicated to a target list of overseas buyers and any enquiries should be directed to:

It is important to state that any overseas buyers must contact Goffs (Joey) or ITM (Eimear) if they wish to attend under the specific protocols above.

When can vendors bring their horses on site?
Horses can arrive from 9am on Saturday 8th August.  No horse will be allowed onto the complex prior to that time.  Vendors – please note that there may be short delays on arrival at Goffs in order to facilitate ID and temperature checks so please be patient and allow extra time.

What equipment will Goffs provide?

  • PPE – All attendees must bring and use their own PPE including face masks (this includes instructing all staff accordingly).
  • Equipment – vendors must supply their own equipment inc. forks, brooms, rakes etc. to ensure no cross contamination. Hay and straw is provided by Goffs; all other feed must be provided by the vendor.

When will vetting take place?
Vetting will take place on Sunday 9th and Monday 10th August with strict social distancing protocols in place.

When will horses be ready for inspection?
Inspections will begin on Monday 10th August.

Who can enter the main building and auditorium?
Entrance to the main building and sales auditorium will be restricted to buyers, vendors who need to access the sales office or to see their horse selling, and shipping agents.

The sales auditorium will be a limited combination of designated socially distanced seating and standing areas, with a one-way system in place.  It will not be possible to stand in the horse entrance or exit areas.  Signage and stewards will clearly indicate the entrance and exit routes to the sales auditorium.

If necessary, an external bidding area with a dedicated bid spotter will be available to allow bidding from the parade ring.

Can I purchase at the Land Rover Sale without being there?
Yes. Goffs’ new live internet bidding platform, www.GoffsOnline.com, will be available for the Land Rover Sale. Registrations are now open, and must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of the sale. When a registration has been processed, the user will be notified by Goffs prior to the start of the sale. To learn more about the Goffs Online bidding service, click here.

Phone bidding via one of the Goffs team can also be arranged in advance by contacting Rae Lawless, Goffs Financial Director raelawless@goffs.ie.

Goffs can also provide a list of bloodstock agents who will be in attendance should you wish to have someone inspect a horse on your behalf.

If I purchase at the Land Rover Sale, how long do I have to ship the horse?
Purchasers (and vendors of unsold lots) are asked to remove their horses as soon as possible after their sale and no later than 5pm on Friday 14th August.

Are local hotels open?
Hotels in Kildare and surrounding areas including Dublin will be open and operating as normal. However please note there may be some restrictions relation to COVID-19.
Goffs have a preferential rate at some of these hotels and bookings can be made by contacting Barbara Bashford at Goffs (barbarabashford@goffs.ie / 0035345886600) or directly with the hotel.  Details of hotels in the locality are available here on the Goffs website.
Will restaurants be open at Goffs?
The following catering outlets will be open during the Land Rover Sale with strict social distancing, limited seating, one-way systems and Perspex screens in place:

  • Ground floor: Peter Bark’s Café Fresca and the self-service café
  • Yard: Goffs Kitchen and an outdoor food van at the back gate

Contactless card payments are required in all catering outlets.

Will things change in the lead up to the sale?
All protocols will be reviewed and updated as necessary to react to the ever-changing environment around COVID-19 and we have contingencies in place should the situation dictate.

Whatever happens, Goffs will communicate regularly and quickly to our vendors and potential purchasers in an effort to keep you fully updated.


Medical Questionnaire:

Anyone directly participating in the Land Rover Sale must register to attend in advance by completing the online Covid-19 medical questionnaire. 
Click here to complete the form on the Goffs website.

Online Bidding:

Goffs’ new live internet bidding platform will be available for the Land Rover Sale and registrations are now open. 

Accessed via www.GoffsOnline.com, registrations to bid online must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of the sale. When a registration has been processed, the user will be notified by Goffs prior to the start of the sale. To learn more about the Goffs Online bidding service, click here.

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