The 2021 Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale concluded on Saturday, with more strong demand for mares and fillies that was topped by Loyal, a daughter of Galileo (Sadler's Wells) from Baroda Stud.
The daughter of the late Champion sire and broodmare sire (Lot 1406) is out of a Listed winning mare Chartreuse (Lawman), who was also placed in three Group Three contests. The mare was bought for €280,000 by John O'Connor of Ballylinch Stud, the highest price achieved on the second day of the Breeding Stock Sale for 15 years.
"Her dam is a lovely young mare and everybody knows how good Galileo is as a broodmare sire and some of his daughters who didn't perform on the track have gone on to be good broodmares," remarked O'Connor. "It could all still happen for her in the next few years and we will observe with interest what happens around the family."
Overall during the Breeding Stock sale 371 lots sold for €16,219,300, up from last year's figures when 174 lots sold for €5,490,600. The average was up 38 per cent to €43,718 while the median rose 26 per cent to €17,000. The top price was €825,000 which was paid for Group One producing mare Plying (Hard Spun) on Friday by Zhang Yusheng's Yulong Investments.
Two of three most expensive fillies during Saturday's session were from the Aga Khan's draft and one of them, Lot 1349, will be visiting Rathbarry Stud's exciting young sire Kodi Bear (Kodiac) next year.
Richie Fitzsimons of BBA Ireland went to €80,000 on behalf of a client to secure the unraced three-year-old half-sister to the Group 3-placed Ridenza (Sea The Stars) out of the Group Two winner Raydara (Rock Of Gibraltar).
"Mystery Angel, who was second in the Oaks this year, is out of a Dark Angel mare so the cross is an exciting one. She is a nice filly and the mare has already produced a GroupThree placed filly rated 96 with her first runner," Fitzsimons said.
Tally Ho Stud, who purchased six mares during the first session, added a seventh on the second day when going to €68,000 for Lot 1351, a daughter of Zoffany (Dansili) from the family of champion Sinndar (Grand Lodge).
The second part of the Derrinstown draft at the 2021 Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale proved popular with purchasers once more. The only mare in foal to Group One winner Mohaather (Showcasing), who stands at Shadwell's Nunnery Stud, to be offered for sale in Ireland this year headed today's draft of ten fillies and mares from the late Sheikh Hamdan's Irish base.
Lot 1338 is Shaaqaaf, a winning daughter of Sepoy (Elusive Quality) and out of Listed winner Burke's Rock (Cape Cross), and she made €60,000 to Tipper House. Her yearling filly by Iffraaj (Zafonic) was a member of the Derrinstown Stud draft at the recent Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale and was sold for €35,000 to Wokingham Investments.
Reflecting on a wonderful week at Kildare Paddocks, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: "Thank you.
"It's no secret that Ireland, Irish bloodstock and, by association, Goffs have endured a torrid time over the last while, and so it has been most uplifting to host a sale of such vibrancy, strength, depth and consistency over the last six days. For that we firstly have our vendors to thank and, as ever, we are indebted to each one of them for their support of our sale.
"We commented on a superb Foal Sale on Thursday but even that amazing trade almost paled into insignificance when compared to the electric atmosphere of our Breeding Stock Sale, most especially yesterday although today's top price is the highest for the session in 15 years. We knew that we had assembled the best catalogue for many years as so many major breeding entities had drafts of note but the tempo, enthusiasm and hunger to buy was just breath taking as a huge cast of international buyers, both in person and online, battled for mare after mare to highlight the enduring attraction of the best Irish bloodlines. The class of 2021 will disperse around the globe as international breeders tap into the class and quality that was offered whilst it was also heartening to see so many local stud farms investing in the future.
"Goffs November has long held a significant place in the calendar and the last week has only underlined its importance to Irish breeders, who sell with us safe in the knowledge that they will always get that little bit more, as well as international buyers who are attracted to Ireland by the quality on offer, together with the unique welcome they receive from the Goffs team and our colleagues at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. Indeed, a trip to Goffs is of course for business but our teams always go out of their way to make it enjoyable at the same time.
"So our thanks to everyone who has walked through our famous gates this week. Nothing is possible without their patronage and we truly value every lot and each bid."