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93% Clearance Rate Ends a Wonderful Four Days in Doncaster

The 2021 Goffs UK Spring Sale came to a successful end in Doncaster today with the two-day Spring HIT/P2P Sale concluding with a record set of final figures headlined by a 93% clearance rate.

Yesterday’s strong trade continued unabated in the ring today, headlined by another superb clearance rate, and was topped by Mick Channon’s Grade 2 placed chaser Hold The Note (Lot 632) which sold to Brian Jordan for £130,000. Mick Channon also produced the Grade 2 winning chaser Mister Whitaker (Lot 633) which sold to Donald McCain for £70,000 and Glen Forsa (Lot 634), another Grade 2 winning chaser, which was purchased by Charlie Longsdon for £52,000. 

Another lot to feature was Godolphin’s Group 3 winner Moonlight Spirit (Lot 584) which sold to James Moffatt and V.V. Brooks for £75,000. In total, 36 horses sold for £50,000+ over the two days, which is an increase on the 35 horses who sold for this figure at the vibrant 2019 sale.

Unlike the last three days which witnessed record results, this year’s much smaller day two catalogue meant today’s figures did not surpass those records achieved on the equivalent day in 2019 – a day which featured the Grech & Parkin Dispersal and sold NH horses-in-training to a world record £620,000. However, the final figures for the two-day sale did manage to post a new record average and median. 

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:

“It has been a remarkable four days of sales in the Doncaster ring. The incredible demand that we witnessed for the NH Stores has continued with the Horses in Training and we are delighted by the record figures that we achieved yesterday, whilst the superb two-day clearance rate of 93% is a graphic illustration of the insatiable demand for horses at all levels of the market.

“We were certainly hopeful of a healthy Spring Sale, especially following the significant issues faced last year and, like many others, we have been blown away by the level of demand for horses and it’s another very positive sign for the Bloodstock Industry following the record-breaking results achieved in the same sales ring just four weeks ago at the Breeze Up Sale. This is something that we can all enjoy and bodes extremely well for all future sales.

“As ever, a huge thank you must be extended to everyone who has taken part in this sale throughout the four days. Not only have we returned some record figures and outstanding clearance rates, but the electric atmosphere around the Sales Complex has been something else for us all to celebrate and makes us believe that we are all some way closer to getting back to ‘normal’. We strongly feel that this sale marks a turning point in the history of our NH Sales and we are delighted to have returned the Goffs UK Spring Sale back to the top table – which is exactly where it belongs.”
Statistics (day 2 2021 vs day 2 2019)
Offered: 140
Sold: 129 (92%)
Aggregate: £1,742,300 (-61%)
Average: £13,506 (-28%)
Median: £9,000 (no change)

Statistics (whole sale 2021 vs 2019)
Offered: 296     
Sold: 274 (93%)
Aggregate: £6,348,200 (-31%)
Average: £23,169 (+2%)
Median: £12,250 (+23%)