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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