05 October 2018

Goffs Orby 2018 - Lot 318 - Galileo x Green Room BLOG


The 2018 Goffs Orby Sale will live long in the memory, with record prices having been registered over an explosive two-day session. A clearance rate of 89% is testament to the quality on offer, while major increases in both average (€132,948, +22%) and median (€80,000, +23%) signalled strong market confidence. The sale was boosted by the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was visiting Goffs for the first time in 13 years, as well as a wide array of other international and domestic buyers.

Top price went to Lot 318, an exquisitely bred daughter of Galileo (IRE) out of blue hen mare Green Room. Consigned by Ballylinch Stud on behalf of breeders Vimal and Gillian Khosla, she was knocked down for €3,200,000 to Phoenix Thoroughbreds, a growing global power in thoroughbred racing and breeding. This was an all-time record price for a yearling filly at Goffs and a world record for a yearling in 2018. As a full sister to 2018 Investec Oaks winner Forever Together (IRE) and 2014 Group 1 Fillies’ Mile winner Together Forever (IRE), this filly will contribute considerable substance to the burgeoning Phoenix Thoroughbreds roster.

Another highly notable purchase for Phoenix Thoroughbreds was Lot 165, a Galileo (IRE) filly out of Aleagueoftheirown (IRE). As a full sister to multiple Group 1 winner Alice Springs (IRE), she was always likely to attract a raft of suitors and duly went for €2,000,000 in the ring, where the Phoenix team of Amer Abdulaziz, Dermot Farrington, and Tom Ludt made the decisive bid. A great result for consignors Glenvale Stud, who consigned three of the top 10 lots of the Sale.

Mountarmstrong Stud registered a notable success when selling Lot 166 for €850,000, the highest price for a colt at this year’s Orby Sale. Out of a half-sister to Ballyhane Stud stallion Dandy Man (IRE), this strong individual was knocked down to David Redvers.

Redvers again made an impact at the top of the market when going to €550,000 for Lot 397, a Galileo (IRE) filly out of dual Group 3 winner Maureen (IRE) consigned by Baroda & Colbinstown Stud. Baroda will surely not forget the 2018 Goffs Orby Sale in a hurry, with their draft having made over €2,500,000 across the two days of the Sale.

Sea The Stars (IRE) has rapidly established himself as an elite sire and regularly rewards breeders who avail of his services with serious returns in the sales ring. This was again demonstrated at the Orby when Lot 140, a filly out of Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) mare Valais Girl, went for €750,000 in selling to Godolphin from Mount Coote Stud.

As Ireland’s foremost yearling sale, the Goffs Orby showcases some of the best of Irish stock and is a shop window for the Irish industry. This year’s results and the calibre of the buyers present are a tribute to the dedication and ambition of contributors throughout the Irish industry and underline Ireland’s position as a global leader in thoroughbred breeding and sales.

ITM would like to thank all buyers, consignors, and breeders for their contribution to a record-breaking sale. Great plaudits must also go to Goffs for bringing together such an outstanding group of yearlings and orchestrating the sale so successfully.

Alex Cairns
Marketing Executive
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