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Lawman filly from family of Islington tops final day of Goffs February Sale

Click here to view full results for the February Sale.

Two fillies from the Baroda & Colbinstown Studs draft took the top two spots on the second and final day of Goffs February Sale.  First up was Lot 298, a two year old daughter of Lawman out of an own sister to Champion filly Islington as well as Group winners New Morning and Greek Dance. She was sold for €110,000 to Moran Stud Farm who also secured the next highest priced lot of day when going to €95,000 for the winning Teofilo mare Myopic (Lot 380), a half-sister to Listed winning filly Twitch and sold in foal to Kodiac.

First Spirit (Lot 389), a four year old mare by First Defence out of the Listed winner Choice Spirit and from the immediate family of Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Announce, provided another highlight on Day 2 when selling to Goffs Scandinavian agent Filip Zwicky for €80,000.  Consigned by Grenane House Stud, she is in foal to Zoffany. 

Mick Flanagan earlier went to €75,000 for Vrai (Lot 318), a three year old Dark Angel half-sister to Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Lilbourne Lad from Baroda & Colbinstown, while the same price was also made by Glebe House Stables’ Group 3 winner and Irish Derby placed Stellar Mass (Lot 333).  The Sea The Stars colt was bought by BBA Ireland.

Click here to view full results for the February Sale.

At the conclusion of the two day sale, Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

Goffs February starts each year as the preferred option for many breeders at this time of year as it combines the largest selection of weanlings with an eclectic mix of mares and fillies with breeding potential.

Yesterday’s weanlings enjoyed a vibrant trade with strong competition for the best from a huge group of pinhookers who turned out in force to battle for the youngsters they feel will be the most obvious candidates for the first choice yearling sales later in the year. Consequently the knock-on effect is a trade that remains unforgiving for those that did not fall into that category; such is the way the market is operating at present as we so clearly saw at all sales and locations through the autumn.

Today’s Breeding Stock and mixed session has performed well with statistics that reflect the first choice nature of the sale and so we have enjoyed top prices in several categories on both days for the sales taking place at this time of the year. We have been delighted to welcome a truly international group of buyers from as far afield as Uzbekistan whilst the home team has also been very active.

Of course the catalogue was smaller by over 150 lots when compared to last year which in turn was 120 less than 2017 so it was unlikely we were going to match the turnover. However all the other figures show growth so we have started the year with positivity, and have much to look forward to in the coming months notwithstanding the ongoing uncertainties created by the dreaded Brexit; how I long for the sale where that is no longer a factor in our post sale assessments!

For now we extend our thanks to each vendor and every purchaser for their support as we are nothing without them.

Comparative Figures

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€)
2018 294 190 (65%) 2,704,600 14,235 7,500
2019 216 134 (62%) 2,026,700 (-25%) 15,125 (+6%) 7,000 (-7%)

Whole Sale

  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€)
2018 508 333 (66%) 4,800,000 14,414 6,500
2019 386 264 (68%) 3,976,150 (-17%) 15,061 (+5%) 8,000 (+23%)

Click here to view full results for the February Sale.