Hollymount Tops Goffs UK January Sale

Hollymount | Carlisle Racecourse

Debut bumper winner Hollymount (Ire) (Jet Away {GB}) (lot 52) commanded the top price of £300,000 during the Goffs UK January Sale timed online auction on Tuesday when sold to Bective Stud. The 5-year-old Hollymount is a half-sister to Grade 2-placed winners Windsor Avenue (Ire) (Winged Love {Ire}) and Ravenhill Road (Ire) (Exit To Nowhere).

Hollymount was sold on behalf of Peter and Alan Buchanan who said after the sale, “it was a nerve-wracking and exhilarating experience watching the auction countdown, we were kept on the edge of our seats as the bids kept coming in. Goffs did a great job, they have proven their online system can sell these elite horses and we are delighted with the result. We wish the Morans and Gordon the best of luck on the racecourse and hope that she helps to further enhance the pedigree before enjoying a long career in the breeding shed with Apple's Jade.”

The sale saw three horses sold for six figures, with 36 horses (51%) selling altogether for £1,138,100.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent said after Goffs's first timed online auction, “This was very much about breaking new ground for Goffs and we were delighted with the first attempt. Having to sell online was obviously not our first choice but given the current circumstances we had no other options and we felt it was worth offering an outlet for their horses. We were thrilled with the support that we received from our vendors and we are delighted with the outcome.

“A top price of £300,000 is fantastic for any sale and three six-figure prices is a great advert for these online sales. We are not going to pretend that trade was strong at all levels of the market but that reflects the current market and there is every chance that we would have seen the same outcome if these horses were sold in a traditional format. We will now review the sale and get feedback from vendors and purchasers. There are always improvements that can be made with any sale and whilst lockdowns continue in the UK and Ireland, we will look at other options for the Goffs Online platform in the coming months.”

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