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Concertista Tops A Phenomenal Week at Goffs December NH Sale

An incredible year of National Hunt Sales at Goffs drew to a close with today’s fourth and final session of the December National Hunt Sale that saw continued strong demand for foals and a breeding stock section topped by the Cheltenham Festival winning mare Concertista (Lot 786 - pictured).  Consigned by Rathmore Stud on behalf of owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, the eight-year-old Nathaniel mare is a Grade 2 winner over hurdles and fences and was sold to Dash Grange Stud for €220,000.

The Winning Ways Starlet Syndicate enjoyed another memorable day courtesy of their Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle winner Royal Kahala (Lot 772) who was knocked down at €180,000.  The Clonbonny Stud-consigned seven-year-old Flemensfirth mare is in foal to Crystal Ocean and was purchased by Robert McCarthy of The Beeches Stud for whom the story had come full circle having bred and sold Royal Kahala as a foal at the December National Hunt Sale in 2015.    

Another owners group to reap the rewards of the strong mare trade was Syndicates Racing who offered Grangee for sale through Tinnakill House (Lot 791).  The Grade 2 winner by Great Pretender tasted success at the Punchestown, Galway and Dublin Racing Festivals, as well as being placed in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham, and was purchased by Coolmara Stables for €120,000.  Coolmara Stables also signed for another star of the session in Crackle (Lot 785).  Consigned by Stephen Kemble Bloodstock the five-year-old daughter of Sholokhov out of Grade 2 winner Burn And Turn who is in foal to Nathaniel sold for €110,000.

Walk In The Park meanwhile continued to dominate the foal trade on Day 4, with Gerry Aherne securing another high class prospect in Monanore Stables’ half-brother to dual Grade 2 chase winner The Long Mile (Lot 691) for €88,000.

Full results for the December NH Sale are available here.

Reflecting on a record week at Goffs, Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

"The highest price of 2022 in the category is a fitting title for the first produce of Shattered Love, herself a Goffs December sales topper, and her €155,000 son of the mighty Walk In The Park is Ireland’s joint second highest priced NH colt foal of all time, comfortably eclipsing our own previous high of €100,000 set last year.

Such a record is testament to this sales’ incredible evolution in recent years as it has grown and developed into a clear market leader for so many major NH entities. Just two years ago this was a two-day affair having graduated from a single session in 2013 and there is no doubt that it is now the preferred choice for so many vendors and purchasers in very much the same way as the Land Rover Sale in June. For that we have our vendors to thank for the trust they place in us with each entry and we are just delighted to repay their faith with a sale of vibrancy and depth.

Buyers have flocked to Kildare Paddocks from far and wide including some major UK investors following another coordinated campaign by the Goffs Purchaser Attraction Team and ITM who work in harmony with such success for every category and at each sale. Our hope as we look forward is that we welcome back many of the week’s pick of the foals to the Goffs Land Rover or Doncaster Spring Sales in 2025 especially as they will benefit from the unique Goffs Customer Loyalty Scheme when they re-sell.

It was very gratifying to round off the sale with the now traditional strong selection of classy broodmares which was particularly well supported this year following such superb results in recent years. Another lively session saw bids coming thick and fast from all over and we wish their buyers the best of luck with the resulting progeny, many of whom will surely return to future Goffs sales.

For now we wish all Goffs clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming each and every one back to Kildare Paddocks in 2023 whilst thanking them again for their support, as we know we are nothing without it."