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A clearance rate of 91% and a surge in median and six figure sales told the story of a record opening day at Goffs Land Rover Sale. 

Consistently strong trade throughout today’s session was topped by Rathmore Stud’s Yeats half-brother to multiple Graded winner Tombstone and own-brother to Listed hurdle winner Tintangle (Lot 113 - pictured).  The gelding was sold to trainer Martin Brassil for €185,000.  Clifton Farm provided the next highest priced lot in Tfou (Lot 133), a son of Authorized and a half-brother to a Listed Hurdle winner in France that was purchased by Nicky Richards for €180,000. 

Paul Nicholls and Tom Malone accounted for several of the 15 six figure stores, which included Pine Tree Stud’s Fame And Glory half-brother to Grade 1 Bumper winner Tornado Flyer from the family of Hurricane Fly (Lot 218) bought for €175,000; as well as a Valirann gelding out of Grade 2 winner Brogella (Lot 92) from Springhill Stud for €155,000 and a Milan gelding from the top class Ballyreddin Stud draft for €150,000 (Lot 76). 

Another to make the €155,000 mark was Ballincurrig House Stud’s son of Flemensfirth from the family of dual Champion Chaser Master Minded that sold to Milestone Bloodstock (Lot 162). 

Click here to view the full results and statistics for Day 1.

Following the record opening day of the Land Rover Sale, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“Extraordinary. That was the way we summed up this day 12 months ago when the Land Rover record was broken on three occasions headed by an amazing high of €325,000.  Against that background, never mind the ongoing political uncertainties and several other factors, it was always going to be a stretch to get close to the 2018 record breaking stats especially when this year’s top price would only have come in at number six at Land Rover 18.

So for the average to have held steady at €48,386 and to have returned a median price that has risen by 18% to a staggering €45,000 is an incredible achievement and points to a sale of extraordinary depth, quality and consistency, the like of which is simply unprecedented at any sale. This amazing figure flows from a massive clearance rate of 91% whilst the number of six figure transactions grew again and those realising €50,000 or over advanced by 30 to a stunning 103.

These results are only possible with the help of several groups. The vendors trusted us with a catalogue of unparalleled quality that appealed to the biggest group of buyers ever to have descended on Kildare Paddocks for a NH sale so we thank both sides of the auction equation most sincerely and then salute the superb graduates of previous Land Rover Sales that included 10 individual Grade 1 winners in the past season so cementing the sales reputation for market leading success”.

Comparative Figures - Land Rover Part 1:




Turnover (€)

Average (€)

Median (€)



216 (84%)






242 (91%)

11,709,500 (+12%)


45,000 (+18%)