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Records Set on Opening Day of Doncaster Spring Sale

High demand for a top-class catalogue of NH Stores drew a record trade in today’s opening day of the Goffs UK Spring Sale at Doncaster with record figures set across the board. The sale also achieved the second highest price in its history with a son of Kayf Tara selling for £165,000.

Due to unprecedented demand from vendors for places in this year’s sale, the NH Store session extended to two-days so a final comparison on previous figures cannot be made until tomorrow. However, the figures undoubtedly showed trade reached new levels with the £31,960 average up 21% on 2019’s figure and up 12% on 2017’s record average of £28,476. Today’s £28,000 median also set a new record, up 17% on the £24,000 record set in 2018. 

Topping today’s opening session was George and Libby Snell’s Lulham Bloodstock whose Kayf Tara half-brother to the Gr.2 winner Silver Hallmark (Lot 101) sold to Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls for £165,000. The price was the second highest for a store sold at Doncaster, second only to the record price of 185,000gns for the half-brother to Best Mate in 2002.

Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls also secured the sale’s second highest lot when going to £150,000 to secure John Collins’ Brown Island Stables’ Mount Nelson half-brother to the Gr.2 winner Charbel (Lot 77). 

Other lots to feature included Ballincurrig House Stud’s Presenting filly out of a half-sister to Master Minded (Lot 81) which sold to Highflyer for £88,000 and Goldford Stud’s Walk In The Park filly out of a half-sister to J'Y Vole (Lot 27) which was purchased by Ross Doyle and Colin and Joe Tizzard for £80,000.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented on today’s buoyant trade:

“The Goffs UK Spring Sale has been billed as the first and last word in British NH sales which makes it particularly gratifying to have achieved a top price of £165,000 with a British-bred horse, by the Champion British based NH sire, offered by a relatively new British based vendor and sold to the Champion British NH trainer, with another leading British based NH trainer acting as underbidder.

“Today has been a great start to the annual Spring Sale and we have achieved some vibrant results at all levels of the market. We look forward to more of the same tomorrow when we continue with the second session of NH stores before two days of Horses in Training and Pointers on Wednesday and Thursday.”

The Goffs UK Spring Store Sale at Doncaster will continue tomorrow from 11am. It will be followed by the Spring HIT/P2P Sale on Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 May for which 64 supplementary entries have been taken. Goffs UK would like to remind everyone that the Spring HIT/P2P Sale will commence an hour later than published on Wednesday at the new time of 11am.

Statistics: Day 1 2021 vs. whole sale 2019
Offered: 138
Sold: 112 81%
Aggregate: £3,579,500 – one day to go.
Average: £31,960 (+21%)
Median: £28,000 (+33%)