Goffs UK Spring Sale Ends On A High

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Hold The Note leads the way as the Spring Sale concludes | Sarah Farnsworth

Four days of National Hunt trade came to an end in Doncaster on Thursday with an encouraging 93% clearance rate for the the two-day Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale, following a record-breaking Spring Store Sale conducted earlier in the week.

The final session was led by the Grade 2-placed steeplechaser Hold The Note (Lot 632), who was sold from Mick Channon's West Ilsley stable to Brian Jordan for £130,000.

When the sale was last held in this slot in 2019, the Grech & Parkin Dispersal led to a world record price of £620,000 for a National Hunt horse in training.  Set against that, this year's trade was more modest, but nevertheless included a new record for both average and median.

“It has been a remarkable four days of sales in the Doncaster ring,” said Goffs UK managing director Tim Kent. “The incredible demand that we witnessed for the National Hunt 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.”

He added, “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.”

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