Today’s fifth Goffs Yorton Sale in Wales saw the event achieve another milestone in 2023 with a new record top price of £165,000 and the turnover of £1.13 million finish within 1% of last year’s record figure.
Following on from Inthepocket becoming the sale’s first Grade 1 winner at April’s Aintree Grand National Festival, the sale saw a No Risk At All gelding achieve the new record top price. Offered early in the sale as Lot 5, the 2YO half-brother to the Grade 3 winners Al Dancer and Tzar’s Dancer saw a prolonged bidding dual between trainers Ben Pauling and Ian Ferguson, with the latter finishing the victor with a final price of £165,000 on behalf of owner Dai Walters. The price beat the previous record of £105,000, also set by a No Risk At All 2YO bought by Walters, at the inaugural sale in 2019.
No Risk At All was also the sire of the second top lot, a 2YO half-sister to the Listed winner Night Endeavour and out of the Listed winner Night Serenade (Lot 18), which sold to Jimmy & Susie Wenman for £58,000.
Other lots to feature were a Born To Sea 2YO gelding (Lot 23) who was purchased by BLM Bloodstock for £55,000 and gelding by Kapgarde (Lot 44), who topped the yearling session of the sale when knocked down to Finbar Kent Bloodstock for £44,000.
Yorton owner David Futter commented:
“This year marks the fifth year of this sale and it’s great to see so many returning clients, along with a number of new faces. We take great pleasure in hosting this sale and we can’t do it without the support of those who have attended and taken part in the auction – so to them we say a sincere thank you. We would also like to thank the Goffs team who have partnered with us since the launch of this sale in 2019. We now look forward to the coming season where our headline sale graduate Inthepocket returns to the track in search of further Grade 1 success.”
Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:
“We are delighted to break another record here at Yorton Farm and we are very proud to partner with David Futter and his team for this wonderfully unique event, where there were some lovely horses on offer today. We look forward to seeing them appear on the racecourse or in the sales ring for new connections and we hope to see another Grade 1 winner from this sale in the coming season.”
Sold: 36 (80%)
Aggregate: £1,136,000 (-1%)
Average: £31,556 (-1%)
Median: £28,000 (-7%)