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2018 GOFFS FEBRUARY SALE REPORT

09 February 2018

The three day Goffs February Sale, which took place from Tuesday to Thursday, enjoyed vibrant trade and gained considerable increases across the board. The average of €14,414 improved by 11% and the median progressed by 18% to €6,500. The clearance rate also improved slightly by 2% to 66%. 

Tuesday’s session got off to a strong start and demand for weanlings was evident as a daughter of record-breaking sire Kodiac topped the day. Lot 145 consigned by Jockey Hall Stud was knocked down to Timmy Hyde for €130,000, a price almost double the equivalent on last year’s opening day. 

Trade for weanlings continued in similarly strong fashion on Wednesday as a trio of six-figure lots went under the hammer. Lot 397, the only son of Dark Angel (IRE) in the sale, was offered by The Premier Consignment and the March-born colt went the way of Daniel Creighton of C and S Bloodstock for €140,000. The colt is out of the Listed winning race mare Mary Boleyn (IRE) and is a half-brother to the Listed performer Clotilde. 

The final day of Goffs February Sale was devoted exclusively to mares and the five-year-old mare Glamorous Approach (IRE) proved to be the highlight. Offered as Lot 578, she was a dual Listed winner and placed at Group 3 level twice for her breeder and trainer Jim Bolger. Ultimately, it was Ballylinch Stud who purchased the mare for €280,000. 

John O’Connor, managing director of Ballylinch Stud said “She is a lovely active mare from one of Jim’s very good families, a family that can produce champions and that is what we are after. Her pedigree suits us as she is a good cross for a number of our stallions.” 

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