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Strong Trade In The Sunshine At Goffs London Sale

Trade proved strong at yesterday’s fourth renewal of the Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO which took place in glorious sunshine at The Orangery, Kensington Palace. The Classic placed Lockheed was the top lot selling for £900,000 to Australian agent, Chris McAnulty on behalf of Hong Kong based owner, Henry Cheng Kar Shum. The three-year-old son of Exceed and Excel was sold by the China Horse Club and had been in training with William Haggas.

Chris McAnulty commented: “He will be gelded and given a couple of months here in the UK before being shipped to John Sizer’s yard in Hong Kong. He’s for a long-time owner, Henry Cheng Kar Shum and this is the first time he has purchased at a European sale. I must pay particular thanks to his personal assistant Eric Wong who was instrumental in facilitating the purchase.

I would also like to thank Goffs and the China Horse Club for entering such an exciting horse. It’s my first time here at the sale and there is a terrific atmosphere which really sets the scene for the week ahead.”

A key player on the evening’s proceedings was SackvilleDonald on behalf of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Leicester City who scooped up a total of six horses in training for just over £2 million, headed by the Listed winning Straight Right who sold for £450,000.

Alastair Donald on behalf Mr Srivaddhanaprabha commented: “He has been looking to expand his interest in racing for a while and was keen to have greater presence at the Royal Meeting.”

Other notable sales included Born to Play who was sold for £500,000 to Bahen Bloodstock HK, while one of the stories of the sale was Whitefountainfairy who cost just €3,000 at the Goffs Sportsman Sale last September and was sold to SackvilleDonald for £300,000 following her recent impressive maiden win for Jessie Harrington.

Henry Beeby, CEO of Goffs on the evening’s trade said: “We’re delighted with the fourth renewal of the London Sale. We welcomed a huge international audience once again to the Orangery at Kensington Palace which got Royal Ascot week kicked off in some style.  Spirited bidding saw the key statistics advance with average rising by 26% to over £375,000 and median was up almost 80% to £340,000. These figures speak for themselves and demonstrate the enormous hunger for the quality and class that is offered at the sale.

We would like to thank our title sponsor QIPCO for their continued support and all our partners Selfridges, Chateau Leoube, JetSmarter, Select Mobile and Rolls Royce who added so much to everyone’s enjoyment of the evening”.

Goffs London Sale 2017:

Offered:        19
Sold:             12 (63%)
Agg:              £4,525,000 (-5%)
Avg:              £377,083 (+26%)
Median:       £340,000 (+79%)

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