Tim Kent

Goffs Yorton Sale Suspended For One Year Until 2025

The Goffs Yorton Sale will not take place in 2024, and will instead return on Sept. 4, 2025, Goffs and Yorton's David Futter confirmed on Wednesday. The decision was made by Futter, who felt that although the quality of horses at Yorton was up to its usual high standard, the quantity did not justify the sale taking place this year. Yorton's aim is to assemble roughly 50 quality lots in time for the 2025 edition. Futter said, "It has not been an easy decision to suspend the sale for 2024...

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Coral Gold Cup Sale At Newbury Launched By Goffs

The first Coral Gold Cup Sale, featuring select point-to-pointers at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, Dec. 2, was launched by Goffs on Thursday. Held after racing on Coral Gold Cup Day in the Newbury winner's enclosure, the sale is the latest offering by the sales company that also conducts point-to-point sales at Aintree, Punchestown, Sandown and Yorton among other locales. In the past, Newbury also featured on that list, and a sale there set a world-record price for a National Hunt horse-in-training at public auction when Un Temps Pour Tout (Ire)...

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New Record Top Price Set For No Risk At All Gelding At Goffs UK Yorton Sale

The fifth edition of the Goffs UK Yorton Sale featured a new record top price, with 2-year-old Brisky Dancer (Fr) selling to Ian Ferguson and Dai Walters for £165,000 on Thursday. The sale celebrated it's first Grade 1 alumi this year with Inthepocket (GB) (Blue Bresil {Fr}), who scored at Aintree's Grand National Festival. Consigned as lot 5, the gelded son of No Risk At All (Fr) is a half-brother to Grade 3 winners Al Dancer (Fr) (Al Namix {Fr}) and Tzar's Dancer (Fr) (Tzar Rodney {Fr}). The previous record...

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Goffs UK August Sale Catalogues 148

A total of 148 lots consisting of horses-in-training, stores, NH mares and young stock have been catalogued for the Goffs UK August Sale, set to be held on Aug. 9 at Doncaster beginning at 10 a.m. This year's sale will host two partial dispersals from owners Mike and Eileen Newbould and Gigginstown House Stud. The Newboulds are selling 13 head, including dual Grade 2 winner Third Time Lucki (Ire) (Arcadia {Ger}) (lot 85) and three-time winner West Cork (GB) (Midnight Legend {GB}) (lot 84), who finished second in the G2...

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'A Complex Full of the Famous Donny Rockets' – 450 Yearlings in Premier

The catalogue for the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale, which boasts 450 yearlings set to sell at Doncaster on Aug. 29 and 30, can now be viewed online. All yearlings sold through the auction will be eligible for the Harry's Half Million, currently known as the Goffs Harry Beeby Premier Yearling S. and re-branded for 2024 in honour of Goffs UK's late Chairman Harry Beeby. Next year's race will still be held at York with a guaranteed prize fund of £500,000. "The 2023 Premier Sale catalogue remains true to the central...

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Goffs British NH Breeders Showcase Sale to Honour Aston, Chugg

The new Goffs British NH Breeders Showcase Sale for selected NH Foals, to be held at Doncaster on Friday Nov. 3, will feature a pre-sale NH Foal Show that will honour two figures from the British NH breeding world. The NH Colts class will pay tribute to Richard Aston from Goldford Stud, who passed away in April. Aston ran the Cheshire stud alongside his wife Sally and was a breeder and consignor who regularly topped the NH Foal and NH Store Sales at Doncaster. The NH Fillies class will honour...

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New Select NH Foal Sale to Be Held by Goffs UK in November

A select NH Foal Sale at Doncaster on Nov. 4 and 5 was announced by Goffs UK on Friday. The precise format of the sale will be announced over the coming weeks after further discussions with the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association and leading NH breeders. This new sale will also complement the existing NH Foal section of the January Sale. "The recent renewal of the NH Foal sales presented many challenges for breeders, and we can't keep offering the same sales and expect a different result," Goffs UK Managing Director Tim...

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Grade 1-Winning Owner Bartlett Lands Top Lot at Aintree Sale

On a day when Ronnie Bartlett's Banbridge landed a Grade 1 over fences, the leading owner snapped up the £260,000 Nativehill (Ire) at the Goffs UK Aintree Sale after racing. Nativehill, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Bellshill, was knocked down to Ian Ferguson on behalf of Bartlett for £260,000. The Flemensfirth gelding, who was a late addition to the catalogue, bolted up in a point-to-point at Loughanmore on Easter Saturday for Colin McKeever. A total of 19 horses sold for six-figure sums and others to feature were D...

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Fowler Joins Goffs UK

Following 23 years with the Tattersalls group, including a stint as director of sales at Tattersalls Ireland, Harry Fowler joins Goffs UK has bloodstock manager. Fowler also runs Rahinston Farm & Stud in Co. Meath with his wife Lorna, and will be based there. Fowler will join the Goffs inspection team and attend all Goffs sales as well as traveling to other sales and race meetings across the country to interact with new and existing clients. Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent said, "Harry brings a wealth of industry knowledge,...

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Jerry McGrath Appointed Goffs UK Bloodstock Manager

Jerry McGrath has been named the new Goffs UK Bloodstock Manager. Formerly a jumps jockey before his career ended in a fall at Lingfield a year ago, he will begin his role on Feb. 7. During his riding days, he was part of Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows team since 2008, and won over 200 races total, including a pair at the Cheltenham Festival. During the summer months, McGrath worked with Clive Cox and was part of the team that selected Group 1 winner Supremacy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) at the Goffs...

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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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