Henry Beeby

Goffs Unveils €100,000 Sportsman's Race

Just days after launching The Goffs Million, a €1-million race for 2-year-old graduates of the Orby Sale to be held at The Curragh on Sept. 24, 2022, Goffs announced on Wednesday that the Goffs Sportsman's Challenge, worth a minimum €100,000, will be staged at Naas going six furlongs on Sept. 15, 2022. Like The Goffs Million, the continent's richest 2-year-old race, the Goffs Sportsman's Challenge will pay out to tenth place. It is open exclusively to graduates of the Goffs Sportsman's Sale, which will take place at Kildare Paddocks this...

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Amanda Zetterholm Appointed Goffs New French Agent

Goffs appointed Amanda Zetterholm to the role of French Agent. Since 2012, Zetterholm served in client relations, nominations and, most recently, as assistant racing manager with H.H. Aga Khan Studs in France. She also previously worked with leading jumps trainer David Cottin in Chantilly and is a former assistant to trainer Mike De Kock. Zetterholm will commence her new role May 1. "Her experience and network of clients further strengthens our roster of international agents and follows the recent appointments of Jacob West and Mark Richards as U.S. and British...

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Goffs Looks To “Rebuild” In 2021

One year on from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, each and every individual in the racing and bloodstock realms has been faced with decisions they never wanted to, or dreamed they would have to, make. Those sentiments certainly ring true for the board and management team at Goffs. Faced with enduring national lockdowns and quarantine measures far more strict than those experienced by its competitors and clientele across borders, the Irish auction house found itself constantly returning to the drawing board throughout 2020 and into 2021. A measure of...

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Goffs February Sale Concludes Online As Lockdown Continues

The delayed Goffs February Sale concluded on Thursday with Part 2, a session of 84 short yearlings. The difficulties presented by offering young stock in an online format were highlighted by a large number of withdrawals from the original catalogue of 228, and a clearance rate of 42%. The 35 horses to have found a buyer returned an average price of €10,311 and median of €8,000, and they added €360,900 to the overall tally for the sale which had to undergo both date and format changes. "Selling weanlings in March...

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Goffs February Sale Part II Perseveres

Holding a Thoroughbred auction during the COVID-19 pandemic has not been without its challenges, and the Goffs February Sale has faced more than most. First, the sale was split into two parts, and the Mar. 2 Part II was re-scheduled for Mar. 11, but as Irish coronavirus restrictions were extended, Goffs had no choice but to move Part II online. Goffs and vendors alike can take heart from the fact that the live online format has achieved some notable results this season, and there are 84 National Hunt and Flat...

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Goffs To Hold Online Sale On Mar. 24

Following on from the Goffs UK Online January Sale, which sold horses for up to £300,000 in the timed online format, Goffs will host a new Online March Sale on Mar. 24 in the same fashion. The sale will largely focus on horses in training but will also be open to breeding stock, and entries can be made through the Goffs UK website. The sale will be conducted in pounds sterling. Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, "The Goffs Online platform has proved a key addition to our service...

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Australasian Flavour To Goffs February Sale

It took until the final lot of the Goffs February Sale for the six-figure mark to be reached and it was a round €100,000 for the top lot of the two days, Rubira (Aus), a young southern hemisphere-bred daughter of Lope De Vega (Ire) in foal for the first time to New Bay (GB). The 6-year-old mare was formerly trained in by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman in New Zealand where she won the listed Diamond Lodge Gt North Champagne S. She was bought from the Baroda Stud draft by...

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Goffs to Ride Online Momentum

Goffs kicks off its 2021 sales season on Tuesday and Wednesday with Part I of its February Sale. Prevailing unprecedented circumstances mean that the mixed sale of yearlings, 2-year-old, fillies and mares and horses in training will take place as a live online auction, with no horses, vendors or purchasers on the grounds at Kildare Paddocks. COVID-19 safety measures late last year meant that Goffs staged its Autumn Horses-In-Training and Yearling sales in the live online format, and the positive results spoke to the resilience of the bloodstock market as...

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Goffs London Sale To Return In 2021

After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goffs will stage its London Sale on June 14, on the eve of Royal Ascot. A format and location for the boutique horses-in-training and breeding stock sale will be announced early in the flat season. "Our intention is to hold the London Sale on its scheduled date at the start of Royal Ascot week," said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby. "Covid restrictions look set to continue further into 2021, and while it is hoped that the vaccine rollout and...

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Goffs Weanling Session Rescheduled For Mar. 11

A further change has been announced to Part 2 of the Goffs February Sale, which will now take place on Thursday, Mar. 11 at Kildare Paddocks. The session of Flat weanlings had originally been rescheduled to Mar. 2 but has now been delayed by a week following the decision of the Irish government to extend lockdown restrictions across the country to March 5. Part 1 of the February Sale, which is comprised of broodmares, older horses in training and 2-year-olds, will go ahead in its original time slot of Feb....

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Goffs Releases February Catalogues

The catalogues for Parts 1 and 2 of the Goffs February Sale are online. Part 1 of the sale will take place as a virtual live auction on Feb. 9 and 10, with 253 lots catalogued. The first day of the sale comprises 89 2-year-olds by the likes of Australia (GB), Belardo (Ire), Churchill (Ire), Dandy Man (Ire), Decorated Knight (GB), Footstepsinthesand (GB), Make Believe (GB), Mehmas (Ire), New Bay (GB), Oasis Dream (GB), Starspangledbanner (Aus), and Zoffany (Ire), followed by a draft of older horses, including entries from the...

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Solid Mare Trade at Goffs

KILDARE, Ireland--The final instalment of the rescheduled Goffs November Sale was devoted to breeding stock and again some high end withdrawals robbed the sale of some potential headline makers. Despite this, trade for mares that were deemed commercially desirable was strong with no shortage of suitors for the right types and it was the proven producer Zain Art (Ire) (Excellent Art {GB}) who held sway when selling for €390,000 to Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud. One feature from Monday's sale was the healthy 87% clearance rate and this coupled with...

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