Shattered Love Anchors Goffs December Day 3

Shattered Love topped the sale | Goffs

Grade 1 winner Shattered Love (Ire) (Yeats {Ire}) (lot 723) brought a sale-topping €260,000 from MA Bloodstock during Thursday's final session of the Goffs December NH Sale. A winner of the G1 Neville Hotels Fort Leney Novice Chase, the 10-year-old is carrying to Walk in the Park (Ire) and was offered by Gigginstown House Stud.

Another daughter of Yeats from the Gigginstown House draft, Tintangle (Ire) (lot 726), was snapped up by Coolmara Stables in foal to Crystal Ocean (GB). Knocked down for €190,000, the 8-year-old won a listed bumper and was third in the G1 Paddy Power Future Champions Nov. Hurdle.

Gigginstown House also offered the third highest lot of the day-Surin (Fr) (Authorized {Ire}). Newtown Anner/Ballylinch bought the bay for €115,000. Lot 725, a Grade 3 winner over hurdles and Grade 1 placed, visited Poet's Word (Ire) this spring.

From the foal portion of the sale, 408 (68%) sold of 596 offered for a gross of €6,003,800. The average moved up two points to €14,715 and the median was €9,500 (-5%). The entire sale grossed €7,164,300 for 44 sold from 667 offered (66%). The median was unchanged at €10,000 and the average improved to €16,136 (+1%).

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “It's always good to break a record but there is special satisfaction in smashing the six-figure glass ceiling in relation to a NH Foal at Goffs. Indeed a top price of €100,000 sits very high on the scoreboard for the category and was another clear demonstration that Goffs December is now competing for market leading status.

“National Hunt Sales at Goffs have made a meteoric rise in recent years and we are so grateful to all those breeders who now choose Goffs as their first choice in increasing numbers. That so many of the best now come to Kildare Paddocks in June and December is testament to our NH team and expanding to a three-day sale this week was simply down to vendor demand which is quite something when one considers this was a one day, 200 lot sale just 10 years ago.

“As ever we are indebted to every vendor for the trust they place in us with each entry and simply delighted to have returned such a vibrant trade to vindicate that faith in the Goffs service. We wish every buyer the very best of luck and look forward to reoffering many of this week's stand outs back at the Goffs Land Rover and Doncaster Spring Sales in 2024.

“It was also very pleasing to round off the sale with another strong selection of classy broodmares and we are especially appreciative of the ongoing support of Michael and Eddie O'Leary who sold another mighty draft of mares under their Gigginstown banner.

“For now we wish all Goffs clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year when we hope that the dreaded pandemic will be fully defeated so that we can all focus on the many positives of the this wonderful bloodstock world.”

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