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Strong Day 2 Sees Premier Sale End on High Note


The second and final day of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster saw trade take a marked step up on yesterday’s strong opening session, with prices continuing to build throughout the day to produce an impressive set of final results which show healthy rises on last year’s sale.

Demand for Premier Yearlings over the two-days has been high with today’s 91% clearance rate driving an overall clearance of 89% for the two days. The sale average and median both grew markedly compared to last year’s figures, up 20% and 19% respectively, while the total turnover of £13,334,000 was up 16% despite offering 37 less lots. 

Today’s sale saw two lots surpass the £200,000 mark, the first of which topped the sale, Houghton Bloodstock’s Harry Angel colt out of the Listed winning Exceed And Excel mare Red Box (Lot 296), which sold to Alex Elliott for £220,000. The colt was from the first crop of the Champion Sprinter Harry Angel who was sold at the 2015 Doncaster Premier Sale. The other yearling to surpass the mark was Tally Ho Stud’s Kodiac filly from the family of Buratino and Danehill Dancer (Lot 359) which was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock for £210,000.

A further six lots sold for six-figure sums today, taking the total to 13 yearlings over the two days. Others to feature in today’s session where Alice Fitzgerald’s Starspangledbanner filly (Lot 381) which sold to M.V. Magnier for £160,000, Redpender Stud’s Dandy Man filly (Lot 268) which sold to Peter & Ross Doyle for £130,000, Ballyhimikin Stud’s Ribchester colt (Lot 244) which was purchased by Richard Hughes for £125,000 and Whatton Manor Stud’s Ardad colt (Lot 282) which was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock for £100,000. 

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented on the 2021 sale:

“The Premier Sale is back on track! Last year’s sale endured its own Covid related challenges but, with the help of a very loyal band of vendors and purchasers, we’ve seen a remarkable trade over the two days and proved to everyone that 2020 was a one-year blip due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. The car park has been overflowing since Sunday morning and the footfall of genuine buyers has been incredible. There has been a real buzz around the Sales Complex over the last few days and it’s great that this has resulted in trade which started well yesterday, finished strong last night, and kicked on again today. 

“The impressive 89% clearance rate shows the demand for Premier Yearlings is as strong as ever. The fact that the 13 six-figure yearlings were purchased by 11 different buyers demonstrates the diversity of the buying bench associated with this sale whilst our policy of going ‘back to the future’ when selecting the traditional ‘Donny yearling’ has clearly proved popular with buyers.

"It’s also rewarding to see the sale topped by a son of Harry Angel – a brilliant sprinter who we sold at this sale in 2015. The Premier Sale has proven its ability to produce the very best, having also sold the likes of Dark Angel and Wootton Bassett, and to see them excel at stud is a great advert as to what can be found at this sale. 

“We’ve said this before but it is never more relevant than today; we simply cannot do with without our clients. Without them, we are nothing and we would like to thank all of our vendors for putting their faith in the Goffs UK team. We are absolutely delighted that this loyalty has been well rewarded, and we wish all purchasers the best of luck with their new racehorses. We are already looking forward to next year, when we will see the next star graduates emerge, and build again on two great days in Doncaster.”

Premier Sale – Day 2 Statistics
Offered: 162
Sold: 148 (91%)
Aggregate: £6,343,500 (+39%)
Average: £42,861 (+39%)
Median: £35,000 (+43%)

Premier Sale – Full Sale Statistics
Offered: 366
Sold: 326 (89%)
Aggregate: £13,334,000 (+16%)
Average: £40,902 (+20%)
Median: £32,000 (+19%)

The Goffs UK Silver Yearling Sale was also held today, following immediately on from the Premier Sale. The sale offered 69 yearlings with the top lot coming just four lots into the session with Sarah Fanning Sales’ Brazen Beau colt from the family of Classic winner Just The Judge (Lot 404), selling to the Italian buyer Scuderia Semeso for £30,000. The sale also saw Trickledown Stud’s colt from the first crop of Expert Eye (Lot 463) sell to William Easterby for £25,000.

Silver Sale Statistics
Offered: 69       
Sold: 46 (67%)
Aggregate: £407,000
Average: £8,848 (+9%)
Median: £7,500 (+36%)