INTERNATIONAL BUYING BENCH AT GOFFS NOVEMBER
27 November 2017
undergoing a changed format for 2017, the Goffs November Sale experienced
strong trade throughout the week. The Foal Sale saw turnover increase by 35% to
€27,137,000, while the average and the median shot up by 29% and 33%
respectively. The clearance progressed from 67% to a healthy 77%.
top price was €1,100,000 in comparison to €775,000 in 2016, and was paid for Lot
541; a full-sister to Group 1 winner Johannes
Vermeer (IRE) and Group 2 winner Elizabeth Browning (IRE). Consigned by the
Castlebridge Consignment, the daughter of Galileo (IRE) was bought by Hugo
Lascelles on behalf of American interests.
three Galileo (IRE) foals catalogued were among the four most expensive lots of
the week, while the super stallion’s half-brother Sea The Stars (IRE) sired the
other member of the top quartet.
It was no surprise that after her latest foal topped her respective
season, that broodmare Inca Princess (IRE) top the Breeding Stock session.
Carrying a full sibling to her racecourse and sales ring superstars, she
sparked a bidding duel, which was eventually won by French bloodstock agent
Laurent Benoit at €1.9million.
Benoit had to settle for the role of underbidder on the next
most expensive broodmare; dual Group 1 winner Melito, sold in foal to the great
Galileo (IRE). Victorious buyer Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm went to
€950,000 for the mare, which was the same price Barronstown Stud paid for
Muravka (IRE) just moments earlier. The daughter of High Chaparral (IRE) is best-known
as the dam of Group 1 Prix Morny victor The Wow Signal (IRE).
taken place between Part I and Part II of the November Foal Sale, the two-day
Breeding Stock Sale returned turnover of
€14,924,450 and an average of €43,259. They are both difficult to compare to
last year’s figures, given that Goffs staged the prestigious Wildenstein
Dispersal in 2016, but the median held steady at €15,000.