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Goffs Arkle Sale - A New Era


Goffs’ flagship National Hunt Sale is to be renamed in honour of history’s greatest chaser, Arkle, who was sold as a three-year-old at Goffs.  Goffs Arkle Sale, formerly Goffs Land Rover Sale, will continue the evolution of what has become the market leading sale in its category and in 2022 offered the largest share of the select store horse market - recording the most six figure prices and highest ever turnover at any store sale.  

Goffs Arkle Sale will be held in partnership with Defender and the vendor of the horse that wins the renamed €100,000 Goffs Defender Bumper at the Punchestown Festival will become the outright owner of an all-new Defender Hard Top, an incentive exclusive to Goffs vendors. 

Announcing details of the Goffs Arkle Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“So many household names in National Hunt racing have gone under the hammer at Goffs during the past century, with Arkle the most famous of all.  He was sold at Goffs as a three-year-old to trainer Tom Dreaper on behalf of his owner Anne, Duchess Of Westminster, and following a remarkable career that included three Cheltenham Gold Cups, he remains the yardstick by which all Champions are measured.  The type of store sold at Goffs today has evolved into a much bigger chasing type, while it has been the leading store sale at Cheltenham for the past decade, and we feel it is a fitting tribute to “Himself” and to our ambition for the Goffs Arkle Sale to give it a new title for a new era.

Ten years ago Goffs reaffirmed its commitment to National Hunt and stated our goal to become the number one choice for vendors of quality stores.
  We invested in our inspection team, in the facilities at Kildare Paddocks, in our support of Irish racing from grass roots to Grade 1 level, and in our buyer relations team.  The support from vendors has been phenomenal and hugely appreciated, as we are nothing without them, particularly since the expansion of Part 1 to a two day select sale that accommodates more of the best and achieved such record breaking figures last June.  This is a sale very much on the up and we look forward to exceeding the expectations of both vendors and buyers under the Arkle Sale banner.  

Our flagship National Hunt and Flat Sales are now both named after pivotal horses from Irish racing history in Arkle and Orby”.

Goffs Arkle Sale in partnership with Defender will take place from 13 - 14 June (Part 1) and 15 June 2023 (Part 2).  Nominations are open on Goffs.com.  Goffs is also proud to sponsor the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park and the Grade 1 Goffs Arkle Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival, both races won by Arkle himself, to mark the start of the Arkle Sale inspection period.