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Goffs Land Rover Bumper Winner Tops Record Returns At Punchestown Sale

Goffs Punchestown Sale returned to its traditional date and setting in superb style last evening as the leading Irish and UK buyers packed into the winners’ enclosure after racing on Day 3 of the Punchestown Festival to compete for a catalogue of 20 top quality pointers and form horses.

The sale reached new heights with a new record top price, a 90% clearance rate, as well as rises of 53% in turnover, 11% in average and 17% in median over the last live sale held at Punchestown in 2019.  

Tuesday’s Goffs Land Rover Bumper winner Absolute Notions (Lot 21) became the highest priced horse ever sold at the Punchestown Sale with a trade-topping €370,000 that capped an unforgettable week for owner Micheál Conaghan (pictured below with his father Michael).  The Gordon Elliott trained son of Milan who was so impressive winning the Bumper by 6 ½ lengths was purchased by Mags O’Toole. 

Jenny Wyse from Colin Bowe’s Milestone Stables was the top priced filly of the evening and, like the sale’s most famous graduate Honeysuckle, was offered as Lot 14.  The daughter of Flemensfirth gave one of the performances of the season last weekend at Monksgrange and was purchased by Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls for €360,000. 

A record number of horses fetched €200,000 and upwards, and among them was The Gooner (Lot 6), a highly impressive four-year-old winner at Curraghmore from Matty Flynn O’Connor’s Ballycrystal Stables.  The Flemensfirth gelding was knocked down to Jonjo O’Neill for €280,000.   

Another eye-catching filly on offer was Miss Agusta, a daughter of Well Chosen from Mags Mullins’ Canterbrook Stud (Lot 20) who was runner up to Absolute Notions in the Land Rover Bumper.  Having finished 5 ½ lengths ahead of the rest of the field on that debut, she sold to Gordon Elliott Racing for €235,000.  Highflyer Bloodstock meanwhile made two purchases on the night which were headed by €200,000 for Fortunate Soldier (Lot 8), an exciting four-year-old maiden winner at Oldcastle from Liam Kenny’s Ballydaragh Stables.

Click here to view the full results.

Reflecting on a remarkable evening’s trade, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented:
“The Original Festival Sale made a spectacular return at Punchestown and we are simply overjoyed with the record breaking results.  As ever it was all about the horses and we are indebted to those vendors who chose Goffs Punchestown Sale for 20 really classy individuals. 

The top price was particularly special given the back story and to see the unbridled joy on Michael Conaghan’s face for the second time in three days when his Goffs Land Rover Bumper winner Absolute Notions topped the sale was heartwarming to say the least.

We now look ahead to the Land Rover Sale at Kildare Paddocks in June, we have compiled a top class catalogue of stores which will be published online today”.
Comparative Figures
(Compared with 2019 as no live sale in 2020 or 2021)




Turnover (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

Top Price (€)



13 (76%)

1,877,000 (+7%)

144,385 (+15%)

115,000 (+5%)




18 (90%)

2,885,000 (+53%)

160,278 (+11%)

135,000 (+17%)