27 November 2017

After 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%.

The 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.

The 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).

Having 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.

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