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Nativehill Tops Strong Goffs UK Aintree Sale

The sixth edition of the Goffs UK Aintree Sale was held this evening in Aintree’s iconic winners’ enclosure at the Grand National Festival and saw 24 Irish and UK pointers sold to a large crowd of buyers.  

The Aintree Sale has produced five Grade 1 winners from the five previous sales and it looks to have produced another notable performer with Dysart Enos, a graduate of last year’s sale, taking the final race on the Aintree card before today’s sale, the Grade 2 Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper. 

The action in the ring immediately following was topped by Loughanmore Farms’ Irish pointer Nativehill (Lot 4) who was the impressive winner of his most recent point-to-point at Loughanmore. By Flemensfirth, the 5YO is a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Bellshill and was purchased by Ian Ferguson for £260,000.

A total of 19 horses sold for six-figure sums in this evening’s sale and others to feature were D B Cooper (Lot 17), a 4YO who won his debut PTP for Sean Doyle of Monbeg Stables, and sold to Joey Logan and Andy & Gemma Brown for £225,000, and Jeu Des Champs (Lot 8), a son of Joshua Tree who placed second on his debut PTP for Harley Dunne Racing, which was purchased by JP McGrath Bloodstock for £180,000.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:

"Today has been another historic day for the Goffs Point to Point Sales. It started with Goffs P2P graduate Constitution Hill winning the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle shortly after Ahoy Senor finished second in the Grade 1 Aintree Bowl and all this before Dysart Enos won the Grade 2 Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper just 12 months after selling for £95,000 at this sale last year.

"The day finished with another successful Aintree sale which saw a total of 19 horses sell for six-figure sums, five more than we achieved in what was a record sale last year. This was matched by an 89% clearance rate and a Median that was 15% ahead of last year and clearly demonstrates the consistent level of trade from start to finish. The genuine nature of today’s market is another highlight of tonight’s sale and, as ever, we would like to extend our thanks to the Aintree Executive for their support of the sale. We must also thank our vendors who have once again supported us with their very best horses and we wish all buyers the very best of luck with their new purchases."

Offered: 27
Sold: 24 (89%)
Aggregate: £2,945,000 (-19%)
Average: £122,708 (-9%)
Median: £110,000 (+16%)