Following the news that the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale would be rescheduled for Jan. 12-13 as a result of the tightening COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, there is now an online option to sell these yearlings, Goffs announced on Tuesday. The online auction is slated for Nov. 17-18, as the January dates were not preferred by many vendors. Any Goffs lots that are sold or bought in “under the hammer” in this way will still be qualified for auction races in Ireland or the UK, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) confirmed. Any vendors interested in this new online option must confirm to [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 regarding their participation and to submit any specific questions. The catalogue for the sale will be finalised next week, and Goffs will confirm whether the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale would be a timed online sale or a live auction. Each lot will retain its original lot number. For more information, please visit www.goffs.com.
Please note the following must be provided to Goffs:
- A copy of the passport of each lot to show the lot's information, markings and vaccinations
- Conformation video footage of each lot
- Veterinary Certificate (dated not earlier than 14 days prior to the Sale) for each lot
- Any Condition/ Vice/ Wind Operation not in the catalogue which could otherwise result in the cancellation of the Sale by the Purchaser under the Goffs Condition of Sale
“The ever-evolving 2020 landscape prompted us to review the options for our Autumn Yearling vendors again after a number of vendors voiced concerns about the rescheduled January 2021 dates,” said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby. “Online bloodstock sales are still in their infancy worldwide, but we have been hugely encouraged by the online participation at all Goffs sales this year, starting with the breeze up and right throughout the yearling sales, so we believe this is the best available option at the current time in Ireland.
“While we cannot guarantee how buyers will respond to an online inspection platform for yearlings, we will market this online offering with renewed determination and hope that this low cost platform will be seen as an attempt by Goffs to offer a viable marketplace when so many factors are conspiring against us.”