Tim Kent

Pointers Lead Goffs UK Autumn Sale

Point-to-pointers proved popular during the one-day Goffs UK Autumn Sale on Thursday, with trade topped by Music Drive (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}) (lot 129). Offered by Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables, the 4-year-old Music Drive won a point-to-point at Monksgrange on Sept. 26, and was picked up by Aidan O'Ryan and Gordon Elliott for £90,000. At the close of trade, 113 horses sold (66%) from 170 offered for an aggregate of £1,014,800 that was up 29% on last year. The average jumped 83% to £8,981, while the median climbed 67% to £5,000....

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Goffs UK Autumn Catalogue Online

The single-session Goffs UK Autumn Sale catalogue is now online. A total of 223 lots, consisting of yearlings, horses-in-training and pointers, have been entered for the Oct. 21 sale at Doncaster, which begins at 10 a.m. There have been several celebrated graduates of the sale including Group 1 winner Dream of Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead), dual group winners Zain Claudette (Fr) (No Nay Never) and The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince of Lir {Ire})) and G2 Mill Reef S. winner Wings of War (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Among the 52 yearlings...

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Premier Sale Ends On A High

DONCASTER, UK--Any fears that a reduced catalogue and lack of high-end Maktoum participation could lead to a soft market at the Goffs UK Premier Sale were firmly quashed as the auction came to a close on Wednesday in Doncaster with a set of results that compared favourably with the pre-Covid era. At 366 lots, Goffs UK compiled a catalogue that was 8.5% smaller than last year. Yet in a testament to the quality of horse on offer, not to mention the appetite of buyers on the ground, the sale returned...

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Power-Packed Premier Sale Kicks Off

The opening hour of last week's Yorkshire Oaks card was about as good as it gets for a sales firm just days out from its flagship stand. Thirty-five minutes before Goffs UK was firmly in the spotlight with the running of its time-honoured Premier Yearling S., Premier Yearling Sale graduate Zain Claudette (Ire) (No Nay Never) provided a welcome introduction with victory in the G2 Lowther S. Bought for what now feels like a staggering bargain (£20,000) last summer, Zain Claudette has won three of her first four starts including...

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Goffs UK Spring Sale Ends On A High

Four days of National Hunt trade came to an end in Doncaster on Thursday with an encouraging 93% clearance rate for the the two-day Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale, following a record-breaking Spring Store Sale conducted earlier in the week. The final session was led by the Grade 2-placed steeplechaser Hold The Note (Lot 632), who was sold from Mick Channon's West Ilsley stable to Brian Jordan for £130,000. When the sale was last held in this slot in 2019, the Grech & Parkin Dispersal led to a world record...

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Breezes Available to View on Goffs UK Website

The Goffs UK Doncaster Breeze Up Sale breezes, which took place at Doncaster Racecourse on Tuesday, are now available to view at on each horse's pedigree page at www.goffsuk.com. Inspections will take place today (Wednesday), with the sale starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 22. There are 177 juveniles catalogued for the sale, which features a Caravaggio half-brother to Group 1 winner Chachamaidee (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) (lot 25) among others.

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Sibling To Sizing John Heads Goffs UK Stores

A Telescope (Ire) half-brother to the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John (GB) (Midnight Legend {GB}) is among the 301 entries for the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale. The 3-year-old gelding, who is being offered as lot 138 by Elms Bloodstock, is also closely related to recent G2 Jane Seymour Mares' Hurdle winner Abythingforlove (GB), who is by Black Sam Bellamy (Ire), the late brother to Telescope's sire Galileo (Ire). Also included in the two-day sale, which takes place in Doncaster on May 17 and 18, is a 3-year-old Dunaden...

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Yearling Vendors Start Counting the Cost

DONCASTER, UK--Having put on a brave enough face on the opening day, the first auction of an improvised European yearling sales calendar hastened to its conclusion on Wednesday as though downing a necessary but deeply unpleasant medicine. Horses were ushered through the ring at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale with a briskness that spoke of a pragmatic willingness, among vendors, to clarify the extent of the damage. The clearance rate for the session was duly maintained at 84% across the two days. Albeit trading a marginally smaller catalogue, it...

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Doncaster To Offer Early Market Clues

The start of the racing season, and in fact the yearling sales season itself, may have been badly impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn't stop Goffs UK's Premier Yearling Sale graduates from getting off to a flying start once things finally did get underway. One of the fastest from the gate was The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince Of Lir {Ire}), whose debut victory three days after racing's resumption on June 3 led to a private deal with Qatar Racing and a subsequent victory in the G2 Norfolk S....

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Goffs UK Unveils Premier Sale Catalogue

Goffs UK has released the catalogue for its Doncaster Premier Sale, with 423 yearlings set to go under the hammer on Sept. 1 and 2. The sale has already enjoyed a fruitful 2020, with Golden Horde (GB) (Lethal Force {Ire}) following on from fellow sale graduate Advertise (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) in winning the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince of Lir {Ire}) making it back-to-back wins for the sale in the G2 Norfolk S., with A'Ali (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) having taken that prize...

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Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes Revised

Following consultation with York Racecourse and the Horsemen's Group, York's application to revise the conditions of the Goffs Premier Yearling S. has been approved, the British Horseracing Authority announced on Tuesday. Slated for Aug. 20 during the second day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, the race's prize money has been reduced to £180,000, with the third and fourth stages of the race now notpayable. There will also be a partial refund made to owners of the first (£120) and second (£240) stage entrants. The remaining conditions of the...

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All for one and one for all

DONCASTER, UK—There aren't many bloodstock sales companies that can boast of an Irish auctioneer who can speak French with a Yorkshire accent but if you happen to walk in to the Goffs UK sales ring at Doncaster on Wednesday while Nick Nugent is on the rostrum that is what you're likely to find. In the spirit of COVID-encouraged entente cordiale, the breeze-up sector finds itself in a situation few would have imagined at the start of this year, with British sales house Goffs UK and French-based Arqana holding their respective...

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