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Mehmas Colt Tops Final Day Of Strong November Foal Sale


Four days of robust trading at Kildare Paddocks for the 2021 November Foal Sale, that recorded increases in turnover, median and top price, concluded today with a strong closing session of spirited bidding topped by a son of Mehmas that sold for €70,000.  

Tally Ho Stud’s exciting young stallion was responsible for two of the three most expensive foals on the final day of the sale today, the top lot being Lot 813.  A brother to five winners, the sale of the chesnut colt by Meadagh Stud to Tally Ho was a poignant one for his breeder Terre McNamara.
 
“This foal is from the first crop I bred after my husband John passed away in January 2020,” she said. “We had Golden Vale Stud and I have continued breeding in a small way since.  I am delighted the colt is going to an excellent home at Tally Ho.”
 
The couple bred the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle winner Bimsey on their farm between Bruff and Kilmallock in County Limerick and on the Flat their successes span two continents and include Listed Prix du Ranelagh winner Diamond Max, Pelham who won the Listed Easter Stakes and Conectis, victorious in the Listed La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. 

Ringfort Stud’s Churchill colt (Lot 846) out of the winning Acclamation mare Mistime, the same family of Group 1 winners Soldier Of Fortune, Sholokhov, Skitter Scatter and Intense Focus, was was another highlight of today's trade when purchased for €68,000 by JR Bloodstock. 

Paula Flannery later purchased Vinesgrove Stud’s Mehmas colt out of Zambezi Queen for €56,000 (Lot 947).  From the family of Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Pipalong, the colt is from the same vendors that bred and sold the top lot, another son of Mehmas, on Day 1 of the Foal Sale. 

Ardrums House Stud’s three-parts brother to the Listed Bosra Sham Stakes winner Ventura Diamond (Lot 960) meanwhile was the subject of a spirited bidding battle won by Whiteoaks who went to €52,000 for the son of Dandy Man. 

Reflecting on trade across the four-day November Foal Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
 
“What an amazing business.
 
As we progress through this depressing pandemic it is so uplifting to be involved in an industry that is always looking forward with positivity. And there is no better example of planning for the future than buying foals so, once again, we salute all the mighty foal pinhookers who have driven a trade of strength, depth and vibrancy over the last four days as they look for the next touch.
 
The strong home team have been joined by a multitude of English and overseas speculators along with several end users, and the result has been intense competition and often frenzied bidding especially for those that stood out.
 
Of course they have flocked to Goffs as our vendors have provided us with the cream of the Irish foal crop and we thank every one of them for their ongoing support of the Irish National Foal Sale. As ever our mantra is proven – “we can’t do it without you” – and it is only with such a strong catalogue that we can deliver the kind of sustained demand that has clearly been in evidence from Lot 1 right through to the close of business today.
 
The top of the market proved robust with the new star Frankel leading the way for the second year in succession but bidding has been as keen on each day and at all levels to vindicate so many Irish breeders choice of Goffs for their best. Indeed, a clearance rate of 82%, up from 76% despite a far bigger catalogue, makes the point and we are so pleased to have received so much positive feedback from so many about so much.
 
We now turn our attention to our two day Breeding Stock catalogue which reads better than for many a year following yet more wonderful support from breeders”.

 

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

 

Offered

Sold

Turnover (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)

Top (€)

2020

637

476 (75%)

17,489,600

36,743

20,000

440,000

2021

893

731 (82%)

25,560,300 (+45%)

34,966 (-4%)

22,000 (+10%)

550,000

 
Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale gets underway at 10am each day, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November.