Just days after launching The Goffs Million, a €1-million race for 2-year-old graduates of the Orby Sale to be held at The Curragh on Sept. 24, 2022, Goffs announced on Wednesday that the Goffs Sportsman's Challenge, worth a minimum €100,000, will be staged at Naas going six furlongs on Sept. 15, 2022.
Like The Goffs Million, the continent's richest 2-year-old race, the Goffs Sportsman's Challenge will pay out to tenth place. It is open exclusively to graduates of the Goffs Sportsman's Sale, which will take place at Kildare Paddocks this year from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
Goffs, additionally, renews its sponsorship of Naas's G3 Lacken S. on Royal Ascot Trials Day on May 16.
Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “Goffs Sportsman's Sale is an integral part of Ireland's biggest yearling sales week, coming immediately after the two-day Orby, Ireland's National Yearling Sale. A real trainer's sale, the Sportsman's is a leading producer of 2-year-old winners and we anticipate that the addition of this valuable sales race will see demand increase even further from agents and trainers in Ireland, the UK and right across Europe.
“With the yearling sale inspections commencing we are delighted to announce these two sales races to provide a lift to the industry following the challenges of the past year. Back in Kildare Paddocks this year, we look forward to offering two catalogues of relative superior quality with the additional bonus that every yearling buyer at Goffs, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, will be in with a chance to win some major prize money.
“Our two new sales races further bolster Goffs' burgeoning sponsorship portfolio, which from next season will see three high-profile race days throughout September leading right up to the start of Goffs yearling sales with the G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S., Goffs Sportsman's Challenge and Goffs Million worth a combined total of €1.5-million.”
Eamonn McEvoy, General Manager of Naas Racecourse said, “We are delighted at Naas Racecourse to have been approached by Goffs to stage the inaugural Goffs Sportsman's Challenge Race. Races like this are a great addition to the calendar and provide owners with excellent opportunity to win a fantastic purse. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Goffs and great credit is due to them for their recent initiatives.”