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Galileo Filly Tops Strong Opening Day At Goffs Orby Sale

A huge number of buyers from around the world were in action at Goffs today as the Orby Sale opened with a strong set of results that saw increases in average, turnover and median compared with the first day last year.  The clearance rate was 84%.  

Ballylinch Stud’s beautiful Galileo filly (Lot 74 - pictured), an own-sister to Group 1 Fillies Mile winner Together Forever and half-sister to Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Lord Shanakill, took top billing when selling to MV Magnier for €900,000.  A Frankel brother to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and European Champion 2 and 3 year old Bago as well as dual Group 1 winner Maxios from Camas Park Stud (Lot 168) was another stand out lot on Day 1, selling for €750,000 to BBA Ireland – the leading purchasers at the end of the first day. 

The €750,000 mark was matched by an Invincible Spirit brother to multiple Group winner Cable Bay from the Irish National Stud (Lot 240).  The colt was purchased by Shadwell Estate Company who also secured an own brother to Harbour Watch (Lot 71) from Riversfield Stud for €600,000.  Meanwhile another son of Invincible Spirit from the Irish National Stud (Lot 123), a brother to  Promising who finished a close second in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes last month, sold for €500,000 to John Ferguson.

Click here to view Orby Sale results.

Offered:  222
Sold:  187 (84%)
Aggregate:  €20,547,000 (+5%)
Average:  €109,877 (+8%)
Median:  €70,000 (+8%)

The Orby Sale continues tomorrow at 10am and includes the yearlings from the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal Sale (Lots 455 – 472).  Immediately following the Orby Sale tomorrow the horses in training from the Wildenstein Dispersal will be offered.


Vibrant Orby Topped By €1.4 million Dubawi Colt From Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal

John Ferguson’s purchase of the Dubawi colt out of Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Beauty Parlour from the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal (Lot 472) for €1.4 million topped a vibrant renewal of the Goffs Orby Sale that saw increases in turnover, average and median and a clearance rate of 84% across the two days.  

An early highlight of today’s trade was the New Approach sister to Group 1 performers Cuis Ghaire and Scintillula from Jim Bolger’s Redmondstown Stud (Lot 250) purchased by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock for €675,000.  Mountarmstrong Stud’s Shamardal filly out of the five time Group 1 winning champion race mare Alexander Goldrun (Lot 358) was another stand-out, selling to Japanese owner Koji Maeda for €600,000.  First time visitor to Goffs Justin Zayat meanwhile purchased four at the Orby  headed by a son of Declaration Of War out of a Listed winning daughter of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime (Lot 272) from The Castlebridge Consignment for €475,000.   

For more results from the Orby Sale please click here.  

At the conclusion the Orby Sale, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented:

“Twelve months ago we were reflecting on a remarkable Orby Sale with no less than four yearlings realising over €1 million. That we have made proper advances in both average and median this year with a single millionaire is testament to the depth of the trade over the two days which is also highlighted by a very good 84% clearance rate.

The most notable aspect of Orby 16 has been the depth of the buying bench with our regular supporters from Ireland, Britain, across Europe and further afield finding strong, top of the market competition from a number of new investors from USA, the Far East and Australia following concerted and proactive marketing campaigns by our international agents and the team at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. As we worked to attract them we did so safe in the knowledge that the catalogue had advanced again as vendors continue to send us a greater share of their best and those that did so reaped the reward of a truly international sale. As ever we are indebted to each and every one for entrusting us with their yearlings and will only redouble our efforts on their behalf with every sale to repay their faith in the Goffs service.

Of course today had an added dimension with the first part of the Wildenstein Stables Ltd Dispersal and we would like to again record our thanks to David Wildenstein for choosing Goffs. We do not underestimate the significance of our appointment and are delighted to have generated so much interest in the iconic pedigrees that came under the Goffs hammer today headed, of course, by the sales top price of €1.4 million and then some very lively bidding for the older horses that finished the day. We look forward to Part 2 in November with a truly mouthwatering collection of broodmares, fillies and foals; rarely is such a superior selection of thoroughbreds offered for sale at public auction and the Goffs Team is incredibly proud to do so in our 150th Year”.