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Spring Store Sale Sets New Records

Another strong day in the Doncaster ring saw the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale consolidate yesterday’s vibrant figures to set new records in its 60th year.

Today’s figures largely mimicked those achieved in yesterday’s opening session, with a particularly strong middle market holding the average in the absence of the star top lots sold yesterday. In total, 41 lots sold for £50,000+ across the two-days, a significant increase on 2019’s 22 lots. The final average of £32,105 represented an 21% increase on 2019’s figure and 13% above the former 2017 record. The median also posted a new record of £27,000.

Yesterday’s £165,000 Kayf Tara gelding (Lot 101) maintained its spot at the top of the market with today’s trade topped by a brace of six-figure sales headed by Peter Moloney’s Rathmore Stud’s Saint des Saints gelding out of the Listed placed mare Nomad Attitude (Lot 193), which sold to Aiden Murphy and Kim Bailey for £105,000.

Olly Murphy and Aiden Murphy also went to £100,000 late in the day to secure Richard and Sally Aston’s Goldford Stud’s Kayf Tara filly (Lot 295) out of the Listed winning mare Whoops A Daisy. Another to feature late in the day was Norman Williamson’s Oak Tree Farm’s Montmartre gelding (Lot 288) which sold to Ian Ferguson for £95,000.

Highflyer Bloodstock ended the sale as the leading buyers, acquiring 20 horses for a total of £740,000 and among their purchases today was Moanmore Stables’ Crillon gelding (Lot 157) which was knocked down for £80,000. The same price was achieved by Stephen Kemble’s Walk In The Park filly (Lot 172) which was bought by Simon Earle, Ballincurrig House Stud’s Blue Bresil filly (Lot 210) who was bought by Tom Malone and Trickledown Stud’s No Risk At All gelding (Lot 226) which was secured by Aiden Murphy. 

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

“Just last month, we were saying what an incredible business this is after the success of the Breeze Up Sale and it’s happened again this week. Following unprecedented vendor demand for places in this sale, which led to its expansion to two-days, we were hopeful of a successful sale and we marketed this catalogue as arguably our strongest ever. That pre-sale stance made for a nervous few weeks in the build up to this sale and it is wonderful to have delivered on that hype and produced the best set of statistics in the sale’s 60 year history.

“Full credit has to go to our vendors – they have backed this sale and sent us some outstanding horses. From the moment we went out on inspections, it was clear that this sale could be something special and we are delighted to have delivered a strong buying bench who embraced the marked increase in quality and drove the market back to its rightful position as one of the Premier NH Store Sales of the year. For many years, the very best stores were sold in Doncaster and its wonderful to be back at the top table where we belong.

“We would like to wish everyone all the very best with their purchases and we now turn our attention to tomorrow’s Spring HIT/P2P Sale. We have two top-class days of Horses-in-Training and Point-to-Pointers and we would like to remind everyone that, due to customer feedback, we are starting tomorrow’s sale an hour later at 11am.”

Statistics: 2021 vs. 2019
Offered: 271     
Sold: 224 (83%)
Aggregate: £7,191,500 (+52%)
Average: £32,105 (+21%)
Median: £27,000 (+29%)