Figures Up At Goffs UK January Opener

Sale-topping Blue Bresil colt | Sarah Farnsworth

National Hunt mares and short yearlings took to the ring at Doncaster on Tuesday for the first of two sessions of the Goffs UK January Sale. The session returned increases across the board, with the average up 22% to £11,551 and the median soaring 42% to £8,500. The clearance rate for the 108 horses sold was 68%. The 82 yearlings sold returned the second-highest average ever for the sale at £12,560.

Taking top billing was Mill House Stud's yearling colt by Blue Bresil (Fr) (lot 71), who was picked up by B.A.A. Bloodstock for £55,000. He is from the family of Morley Street (GB) and Granville Again (GB). The top in-foal mare, the six-time winner Rattlin (GB) (Bollin Eric {GB}) (lot 141), was sold in foal to Blue Bresil for £25,000 to Brendan Bashford.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent said, “We are delighted with the level of trade shown throughout the day today. We had very positive feedback following the publication of the catalogue and a lot of vendors reported that they were far busier yesterday than at the same stage last year. This was complemented with more buyers arriving this morning which has resulted in a buoyant trade with increases across the board.

“We would like to thank the National Hunt breeders for their continued support of the UK's only NH foal [short yearling] sale and we look forward to offering a day of horses-in-training [on Wednesday]. This features some outstanding young form horses which have also generated a significant amount of interest in recent weeks.”

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