Grand National-Bound Balko Des Flos Tops Goffs March

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Grade 1 winner Balko Des Flos (Fr) (Balko {Fr}), who holds an entry for the Randox Health Grand National on April 5, topped the Goffs Online March Sale with a bid of €110,000 from Peter Molony.

Acting on behalf of racehorseclub.com, Molony indicated that the former Gigginstown House Stud campaigner, who won the G1 Ryanair Chase at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, would remain in training with Henry de  Bromhead.

He said, “Balkos Des Flos is being aimed at the National. He has been bought for an exciting new venture about which there will be further news announced in the coming weeks.”

Molony added, “I found the Goffs Online site and timed auction format extremely user-friendly. I bid on my phone while halfway up a mountain in the middle of Land Rover Sale inspections.”

Held as a timed online auction, the session featured young jumping stock, breeding stock and horses in training, with 32 horses sold for a total of £557,600 and an average of £17,425.

At the conclusion of the day's trade, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “This was Goffs' second timed online auction, following the Doncaster January Sale which was moved online, and to see both sales topped by six figure sales— £110,000 and £300,000 respectively—is a great endorsement of the role Goffs Online now plays in our overall offering. This method is never the first choice, but time after time since the Covid 19 pandemic began a year ago, Goffs Online has proven to be an invaluable vehicle for our clients with over €8.6 million of business successfully conducted so far.”

He added, “Following the January Sale we reviewed the timed format with vendors and purchasers, and launched a number of improvements to the site prior to today's sale. Since the catalogue was released, over 4000 unique viewers visited the online catalogue, and we accepted 197 bids from buyers in Ireland, the UK and France whilst feedback from clients was overwhelmingly positive in relation to usability and the opportunity to trade that the sale provided.”

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