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Superb Trade at Doncaster Premier Sale 


A strong start to today’s second and final day of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster ensured yesterday’s hot trade and healthy gains continued unabated with the final figures highlighting a very strong and memorable chapter in the sale’s history.

With what has been referred to by many over the two-days as one of the largest attendances seen at this sale, the packed Doncaster Sales Complex drove trade from the outset and pushed the clearance rate to a superb 89% over the two-days. It didn’t take long to match yesterday’s top price of £230,000 this morning with Whitsbury Manor Stud’s Havana Grey filly (Lot 234), a three-parts sister to the Premier graduate and Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes winner EL CABALLO, selling to the Highclere Agency just four lots into the session.

Today saw a further four yearlings make or exceed the £200,000 mark, taking the total to seven for the sale, and it was Tally Ho Stud who took top honours this year with their Night Of Thunder filly (Lot 278) topping the sale when selling to Blandford Bloodstock for £240,000. Tally Ho Stud had a highly successful two days with their 24 yearlings sold generating over £1.5 million in turnover.

Other lots to feature today were Grangemore Stud’s Dark Angel colt (Lot 251) which sold to Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock for £200,000, and Highclere Stud’s Frankel colt (Lot 269) which achieved the same figure when knocked down to Richard Hughes. Peter & Ross Doyle once again ended the sale as the leading buyers, purchasing 17 yearlings for a total of over £1.1 million.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:

“The last few days have been absolutely outstanding and, on behalf of the Goffs UK team, we must thank everyone that has made this sale such an incredible success. We were confident we had a good catalogue coming into this week but you can only hope that others agree and whilst one noted industry professional said that we ‘were not missing anyone’, another noted that there were ‘better horses here this year’. These comments are great to hear in the build up to any sale, but the level of the market can only really be measured in the sales ring and those comments certainly came to fruition with an outstanding trade from start to finish and a wonderful atmosphere throughout the Sales Complex. This helped to deliver 23 horses that sold for a six-figure sum whilst seven made £200,000 or more. This was matched by an impressive 89% clearance rate and a top price of £240,000.

“Our focus for this sale was quality, precocity and athleticism and the feedback from buyers is that we achieved exactly that. We had a complex full of the traditional ‘donny rockets’ which is very much true to the mantra on which this sale was founded and has thrived. To our vendors, we want to extend a huge thanks for their support. They got the brief, delivered the goods and we are delighted to have been able to produce a strong sale which has generated some sizable gains in the key figures.

“To our buyers, it was a huge turnout from everyone involved, it made for a brilliant atmosphere. We have had countless positive comments on the quality of the catalogue and the type of horse here, and that the sale is back where it belongs, praise that means a lot to the Goffs team. We extend our sincere thanks and we look forward to seeing our athletes tearing up the tracks as 2YOs next year.”

Full Sale Statistics
Offered: 406     
Sold: 363 (89%)
Aggregate: £15,987,500 (+20%)
Average: £44,043 (+8%)
Median: £35,000 (+9%)

Day 2 Statistics 
Offered: 188    
Sold: 163 (87%)
Aggregate: £7,003,000 (+11%)
Average: £42,963 (+0.5%)
Median: £32,000 (-4%)