19 October 2017

Goffs premier foal sale is five days long and takes place in two parts with 1110 foals offered. Part I of the sale will begin on Monday 20th November with what were traditionally “Day 3” foals, building to a climax on Wednesday 22nd November when the top tier foals will be offered.  Part II of the foal sale will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November with the breeding stock sale taking place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November.  All foals are catalogued together with a separate catalogue for breeding stock.

Goffs will be the only auction house in the world to offer foals by Galileo (IRE) this year. A trio by the world champion sire headline another world class selection of foals. Irish vendors have chosen to send so many of their best to Goffs which has once again resulted in a catalogue of outstanding quality and depth.

Galileo’s three foals will be offered by The Castlebridge Consignment and includeLot 541, a daughter of Galileo (IRE), an own sister to both Group 1 winner Johannes Vermeer (IRE) and Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes winner Elizabeth Browning (IRE). 

Another headliner is Lot 569, a colt by Galileo (IRE) out of the dual Group 1 winning race mare Melito and he is a half-brother to a Group 3 performer.

The Galileo (IRE) trio is completed by Lot 732, a filly out of a multiple Group winner from the family of Group 1 South African Derby runner-up Galileo Destiny.

The diverse sire profile also includes foals by Acclamation, Australia, Dark Angel (IRE), Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Invincible Spirit (IRE), Kodiac, Lope De Vega (IRE), Sea The Stars (IRE), Society Rock (IRE), Teofilo (IRE) and many more.  Those most strongly represented include Dandy Man (IRE) (41), Camacho (33), Elzaam (30), Epaulette (31) No Nay Never (28), Zebedee (28), and War Command (27). 

Among the first season sires featured are Gleneagles (IRE) (9), Night of Thunder (IRE) (21) Free Eagle (IRE) (25) and Make Believe (23), while significant numbers by Gutaifan (IRE) (44), Anjaal (37), Hallowed Crown (33), and Ivawood (IRE) (32) are also on offer.

Goffs November Sale proved to be a leading source of pinhook profit once again at the 2017 yearling sales.

Edie Murray-Hayden achieved a remarkable pinhooking success when she purchased a foal at the Goffs November Foal Sale in 2016 for €56,000. The yearling sold to Sackville Donald at Goffs Orby Sale for €500,000.

Bloodstock agent Margaret O’Toole signed for a colt by Coolmore’s No Nay Never for €46,000 at the November Foal Sale last year. Eddie and Wendy O’Leary’s Lynn Lodge Stud sold the colt at the Orby Sale this year for €325,000.

Guy O’Callaghan of Grangemore Stud also had a notable pinhooking success when he purchased an Invincible Spirit (IRE) colt foal and resold him at Goffs Orby for €300,000.

On the racecourse the calibre of foals at the November Foal Sale was in evidence throughout 2017. Four-time Group 1 winner Ribchester (IRE) was sold at the November Foal Sale in 2013 for €78,000.

Rajasinghe (IRE), the Group 2 Coventry Stakes winner was purchased for €65,000 in 2015. Barraquero (IRE) was bought the same year for €40,000 and has gone on to win two of his three starts including the Group 2 Richmond Stakes.

Fighting Irish (IRE) won a Group 2 in France last week and Group 3 Autumn Stakes winner and Classic contender Ghaiyyath (IRE) was Europe’s highest price colt foal in 2015 when selling for €1.1 million.

Commenting on the launch of the 2017 Foal Sale catalogue, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: 

Goffs November Sale is a sale that goes from strength to strength each year, with the last three renewals providing the top priced foals in Europe, and to be the only sale in the world to offer Galileo foals is a wonderful endorsement of the quality associated with the November Sale.  We have received incredible support from Irish breeders once again which has resulted in a catalogue of great strength and depth packed with potential at every level, be it for end users or those looking to buy to re-sell.”

The catalogue can be viewed online here.

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