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Pointer Rockstown Native Tops Final Day of Doncaster January Sale

The 2023 Goffs UK January Sale came to a close at Doncaster today with the horses-in-training session seeing 57 lots offered and topped by the Irish pointer Rockstown Native.

Today’s top lots all came from the sale’s new £100,000 January Bonus Session which will pay £100,000 to the connections of the first eligible horse who wins any race at the 2023 or 2024 Cheltenham Festival. Today’s sale topper, the Rathmore Stud offered Rockstown Native (Lot 295), will be aiming for the new bonus having been purchased from the session by Stroud Coleman and Jonjo O'Neill for £82,000 following his smart victory at Turtulla earlier this month.

A total of three horses will be eligible to win the £100,000 bonus, the others being the bumper placed filly Fashionelle (Lot 293) who was purchased by Fergal O'Brien from the Jamie Railton Sale Agency for £42,000, and the winning UK pointer Taita Hills (Lot 296) who was offered by Dalmer Lodge Stables and knocked down to Gary Moore Racing for £35,000.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:

“A £75,000 record price for a NH foal is a fantastic way to start the new sales year and we’re delighted with the results that have been achieved at the top of end of the market including The Glancing Queen selling for £150,000 and Rockstown Native realising £82,000. These were the obvious highlights and they proved yet again that when we’re given the best horses, we can achieve the best prices in any category, and we will continue to work with British Breeders to encourage them to offer their very best for sale in the UK.

“Having said all that, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the selective nature of the foal market which was very similar to that shown at the same sales in Ireland last year. The difference between the UK and Ireland was the greater number of Irish animals by stallions deemed to be ‘in fashion’ which can present a different picture to that shown in the UK.  We will obviously work with the TBA and breeders to try and address a challenge which applies to us all rather than being specific to one side of the Irish Sea.

“We will start our inspections for the Spring Store Sale over the coming weeks and our Aintree Sale is just around the corner so it gives us plenty of opportunity to discuss the market with breeders and enable us to react in a positive manner to ensure that we continue to offer the best service to breeders at all levels of the market.”

Goffs will be offering another NH mare this week with the Grade 2 winner Ballyshannon Rose to be offered on Goffs Online on Friday with the sale closing from 1pm – to view the sale, click here

Day 2 Statistics
Offered: 57       
Sold: 43 (75%)
Aggregate: £434,500 (+4%)
Average: £10,105 (+26%)
Median: £5,500 (+16%)

Full Sale Statistics
Offered: 281     
Sold: 158 (56%)
Aggregate: £2,019,000 (+10%)
Average: £12,778 (+24%)
Median: £6,500 (-7%)