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Sioux Nation Filly Headlines Final Day Of Autumn Yearling Sale

Sustained demand from a huge number of international and domestic buyers at Kildare Paddocks saw the two-day Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale post its second-best set of figures to date - second only to 2021 when a significant dispersal of yearlings from Derrinstown Stud underpinned a record trade. 

The first lot into the ring this morning set the tone for a strong day’s bidding as Oghill House Stud’s Mehmas colt (Lot 481) fetched €70,000 selling to Bobby O’Ryan and Dermot Weld.  That price was equaled later in the day by Rathbarry Stud’s Acclamation filly (Lot 609), an own sister to a 2022 two-year-old winner in Karaoke and out of a sister to Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny, that was purchased by Jack Davison Racing.
Top spot today went to Mountarmstrong Stud’s daughter of Sioux Nation (Lot 663) out of the Exceed And Excel mare Emerald Isle that went the way of Bronson Racing for €72,000, while the overall top lot for the Autumn Yearling Sale was yesterday’s Dawn Approach own-brother to Group performer Strapped (Lot 458) sold by Boherguy Stud to Alex Elliott for €80,000. 
Full results for the Autumn Yearling Sale are available here.

At the conclusion of the Autumn Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
“You’re only as good as your last sale” is an oft used adage when analysing bloodstock sales and we are all guilty of only measuring against the immediate predecessor.
Twelve months ago the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale benefited from a large dispersal from Derrinstown Stud following the sad passing of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum who was such a valued and revered supporter of Goffs. That draft accounted for a quarter of the turnover with eight of the top 10 prices and propelled the sale to record breaking levels headed by a top price of €180,000.
Those lofty heights were always going to be out of reach and so it is that the statistics from the last two days are well behind 2021. However we are far from despondent when reviewing this year’s renewal as it has finished ahead of every other incarnation of the Open/Autumn Yearling Sale since its inception in 2010 with a second best turnover, average and median flowing from a reasonable clearance rate of 77%. Whilst some of these figures do not necessarily point to massive returns for breeders, they do demonstrate a vibrancy to the proceedings and those that appealed most had plenty of admirers.

Demand over the two days has been driven by a truly international buying bench with a flood of overseas buyers headed by a large group from Italy who accounted for nigh on 100 yearlings and another strong contingent from Eastern Europe who bought over 50 with a further 20 plus heading for China. There were also significant parties from Scandinavia, Germany, the Gulf Region, Libya, USA and France taking on spirited bidders from the UK and Ireland. All of these international visitors were attracted to Kildare Paddocks by the reputation of Irish breeders and their world class bloodlines which allow our passionate Purchaser Attraction Team, working in tandem with our network of international agents and the team at Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, to trumpet their attributes on the global stage. How lucky we are to have the assistance of the latter group as they provide an invaluable and unique service to those who choose to sell here whilst the superb IRE Incentive is a real plus for sellers in Ireland.
As the sale closes we can reflect on vibrant, strong and positive renewals of all three parts of the Irish National Yearling Sale, each of which graphically makes our case that Irish breeders can sell, and sell extremely well, to the world at Goffs as highlighted by the Orby sale topper of €2.6M which proved to be the world’s top priced yearling filly of 2022 and a high of €300,000 at Sportsman’s, the highest priced yearling ever sold in Ireland outside the Orby Sale.
We now turn our attention to our market leading November Sale which features the cream of the Irish foal crop and some mouthwatering prospects”.

Comparative Figures




Turnover (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)



431 (92%)






394 (77%)

3,705,400 (-39%)

9,405 (-33%)

5,500 (-39%)