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High Demand for NH Yearlings Drives Successful Doncaster August Sale


The two-day Goffs UK August Sale came to a successful close at Doncaster today with the sale’s traditional store session, along with the relocated NH yearling session, seeing high demand for the desired lots.

The sale’s NH yearling session, which is usually held as a weanling session at the January Sale but was moved this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, along with a larger catalogue of stores, meant a full day of NH young stock today which attracted a large buying bench from throughout the UK and Ireland. 

It was the sale’s NH yearling session that produced today’s top lot, with Trickledown Stud’s Blue Bresil colt out of the Midnight Legend mare Mary Eleanor (Lot 366), selling to R.B.S. Ltd for £44,000. Three other lots also made or surpassed the £40,000 mark today: Mill House Stud’s yearling Blue Bresil colt from the family of Dedigout (Lot 389) which was purchased by Pine Tree for £42,000, Trickledown Stud’s 3YO daughter of Authorized (Lot 261) which was sold to Highflyer Bloodstock for £42,000, and Apple Tree Stud’s Jack Hobbs yearling gelding out of the Listed winning mare The Pirate's Queen (Lot 397), which was knocked down to Brian Ellison for £40,000.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:

“Today has capped off a good two days of selling and it’s great to see a successful NH yearling session following all the issues we faced earlier in the year. We made the decision to hold the sale on the revised date after consultation with the UK breeders who had to hold onto these horses for a lot longer than planned, so we are very grateful that everyone has been so accommodating and helped to make today such a huge success.

“A big positive for everyone has been the ability to host a sale with limited COVID restrictions which is something that we have all been looking forward to for some time. The sale also hosted the Goffs UK sponsored TBA NH Breeders’ Awards last night, which was moved from its traditional May date, again due to COVID restrictions, and to be able to celebrate that with the largest audience in the event’s history was superb. The two-days have certainly felt far more ‘normal’ and bodes well for our Premier and Silver Yearling Sales which are now just under three weeks away.”

2021 Full Sale (no comparison)
Offered: 336
Sold: 260 (77%)
Aggregate: £2,495,150
Average: £9,597
Median: £6,000