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Zinc White Tops Virtual Goffs London Sale

Buyers from Australia, France and Britain were to the fore at today’s Goffs London Sale, held this year as an online sale broadcast live from Kildare Paddocks and London. 

The sale was topped by Zinc White (
Lot 5 - pictured) who sold to Dan Astbury and Oliver Greenall for £310,000 and goes for the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.  A winner of both his starts at three, the progressive son of Vadamos was consigned by Ralph Beckett’s Kimpton Down Stables.

Mandore International Agency were the purchasers of the high-class juvenile Tipperary Sunset (Lot 4), a two-time winning son of Ardad from John Quinn’s Bellwood Cottage Stables that sold for £200,000. 

Australian purchasers meanwhile have enjoyed Group 1 success in the past from the London Sale, and today’s sale saw another exciting prospect heading to Gai Waterhouse in the form of the winning Mastercraftsman gelding Military Mission (
Lot 3), from Hugo Palmer’s Kremlin Cottage Stables.  Military Mission was bought for £170,000 by McKeever Bloodstock, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and holds entries in the King George V Stakes on Thursday and Golden Gate Stakes at the Royal Meeting on Saturday.

Today’s aggregate of £680,000 brings the total turnover generated via the Goffs Online bidding platform to over €10,000,000 since it was introduced in July 2020.

Reflecting on the 2021 London Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive:

“The London sale has always been a sale like no other and this year circumstances forced us to make it a virtual sale like no other.

Like every auction house we have embraced online sales, but we hope that this year’s virtual Goffs London Sale which was conducted in the form of a live broadcast from Kildare Paddocks and London broke new ground with its unique approach.

We’ve always said that we judge this sale by different metrics and so whilst selling 3 of the 11 lots offered would normally be a disappointment, the London Sale offers an opportunity for owners to cash in before Ascot or run at the Royal Meeting and we wish existing and new connections every success over the next five days.  That said, we sold horses to Australia, France and Britain to demonstrate the global appeal of our London Sale. 

Of course next year we hope and pray to be back in the beautiful setting of Kensington Palace Gardens sipping Chateau Léoube and rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of international thoroughbred racing”.


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