Quevega's Daughter Takes Centre Stage At Goffs February

The great Quevega’s winning daughter Princess Vega was the star attraction on the final day of Goffs February Sale 2024.  Carrying a Walk In The Park foal, the sister to the multiple Grade 1 winning Facile Vega was offered as Lot 431G from the Irish National Stud and was knocked down to Gerry Hogan Bloodstock for €150,000 on behalf of Liz Lucas of Swanbridge Bloodstock in England.   



Kildare Paddocks was also the setting for the highest priced Flat and National Hunt weanlings of the February Sales season once again, and, emulating Day 1, it was another Havana Grey weanling who headed today’s second session when a daughter of the in-demand sire offered by The Castlebridge Consignment (Lot 291) sold to JB Bloodstock for €90,000.

Full results can be viewed here.

Commenting at the conclusion of the February Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

As ever Goffs February has been dominated by weanlings and once again has delivered the highest priced flat and NH weanling of the February sales season by some margin. That is the strength of the sale and what sets it apart as, like November and December, Kildare Paddocks was awash with pinhookers finalising their 2024 yearling drafts and adding to their 3YO stores of two years’ time which led to several lively bidding duels for those youngsters adjudged to be the most commercial.  

Of course, a clearance rate of 65% is a clear mirror of the autumn sales season and those the market deemed less appealing were friendless in the ring. However, the familiar cry of “it’s hard to buy the good one” was as evident as ever and we are all having to adapt to the evolving nature of the market.

Trade for the breeding stock session mirrored the weanlings with keen competition for some headed by the €150,000 top price and less interest in others but we have welcomed a diverse overseas contingent over the two days who are enticed year after year by the undeniable quality of Irish bloodlines and the proactivity of ITM working alongside the Goffs Purchaser Attraction Team and our superb international agents. Indeed, buyers from
Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, UK and Zambia have all featured in the results and ensured a truly cosmopolitan feel to the sale.

So Goffs February confirms its market leading status again with two vibrant sessions and a big crowd from start to finish. As ever, we extend our thanks to each vendor and all our purchasers for we are nothing without them.


 

Comparative Figures

WHOLE SALE

 

Offered

Sold

Turnover (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

2023

424

273 (64%)

4,348,550

15,929

9,000

2024

370

239 (65%)

3,082,400 (-29%)

12,898 (-19%)

8,000 (-11%)

 

WEANLINGS

 

Offered

Sold

Turnover (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

2023

258

159 (62%)

2,585,850

16,263

10,000

2024

216

131 (61%)

1,833,600 (-29%)

13,997 (-14%)

10,000