New Dubai World Cup Breeze-Up Sale to Be Conducted By Goffs

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The new sale marks the first breeze-up sale in the Gulf and Middle East region | Goffs

The new Dubai World Cup Breeze-Up Sale in association with Goffs will be conducted by the Irish sales company on Mar. 24, 2022, the Dubai Racing Club (DRC) announced on Sunday.

Held during Dubai World Cup week, the sale will have a maximum size of 69 2-year-olds that will be sourced from vendors by Goffs which will appeal to both local and international buyers. All lots will undergo a full veterinary examination prior to departure to ensure full transparency and buyer confidence.

Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club said, “The UAE, Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have long been great supporters of the sport. Therefore, we are excited to host the Middle East's first breeze-up sale, and also the first ever online sale to be conducted in the Gulf and Middle East region to enhance our owners' exposure to high quality horses. We are partnering with a world-renowned auction house and together we are taking steps towards creating a bright future for the sport in the UAE.

“As far as the potential horses are concerned, they look like a very exciting bunch of young horses who will hopefully bring plenty of success for their new owners. In addition, Dubai World Cup week is a meeting point for leading owners and bloodstock professionals from Europe, the USA, Australasia and Asia and as such we are hoping for strong trade at the inaugural Dubai World Cup Breeze-up Sale.”

Added Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby, “We are extremely grateful to the Dubai Racing Club for the confidence they have shown in the Goffs service by entrusting this prestigious sale to us. We look forward to working with Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook, the Chairman of Dubai Racing Club and his team to deliver a world class event a day before the eve of the world's most prestigious race. We have a long and successful track record in the breeze-up sphere having held Europe's first breeze-up sale at Doncaster back in 1977 which also proved the source of the first European Classic winner from a breeze-up in Speciosa (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) who won the English 1000 Guineas. It will be a privilege to conduct a sale of this stature in Dubai at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.”

All of the juveniles will undergo quarantine in Dubai prior to the sale and gallop on the dirt track at Meydan on Mar. 23, 2022. There will be no official times for 2-year-olds, but instead they will be galloped on the bridle. Nominations for the sale will be open in due course, with stable visits taking place following the yearling sales season. The visits will be led by Nick Nugent and Tom Taaffe, the latter of whom brokered the deal on behalf of Goffs.

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