RECORD PRICES AT GOFFS ORBY SALE
05 October 2018
The 2018 Goffs Orby Sale will live long in the memory, with
record prices having been registered over an explosive two-day session. A
clearance rate of 89% is testament to the quality on offer, while major
increases in both average (€132,948, +22%) and median (€80,000, +23%) signalled
strong market confidence. The sale was boosted by the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was
visiting Goffs for the first time in 13 years, as well as a wide array of other
international and domestic buyers.
Top price went to Lot
318, an exquisitely bred daughter of Galileo (IRE) out of blue hen mare
Green Room. Consigned by Ballylinch Stud on behalf of breeders Vimal and
Gillian Khosla, she was knocked down for €3,200,000 to Phoenix Thoroughbreds, a
growing global power in thoroughbred racing and breeding. This was an all-time record
price for a yearling filly at Goffs and a world record for a yearling in 2018.
As a full sister to 2018 Investec Oaks winner Forever Together (IRE) and 2014 Group
1 Fillies’ Mile winner Together Forever (IRE), this filly will contribute
considerable substance to the burgeoning Phoenix Thoroughbreds roster.
Another highly notable purchase for Phoenix Thoroughbreds
was Lot 165, a Galileo (IRE) filly
out of Aleagueoftheirown (IRE). As a full sister to multiple Group 1 winner
Alice Springs (IRE), she was always likely to attract a raft of suitors and
duly went for €2,000,000 in the ring, where the Phoenix team of Amer Abdulaziz,
Dermot Farrington, and Tom Ludt made the decisive bid. A great result for
consignors Glenvale Stud, who consigned three of the top 10 lots of the Sale.
Mountarmstrong Stud registered a notable success when
selling Lot 166 for €850,000, the highest
price for a colt at this year’s Orby Sale. Out of a half-sister to Ballyhane
Stud stallion Dandy Man (IRE), this strong individual was knocked down to David
Redvers again made an impact at the top of the market when
going to €550,000 for Lot 397, a
Galileo (IRE) filly out of dual Group 3 winner Maureen (IRE) consigned by Baroda
& Colbinstown Stud. Baroda will surely not forget the 2018 Goffs Orby Sale
in a hurry, with their draft having made over €2,500,000 across the two days of
Sea The Stars (IRE) has rapidly established himself as an elite
sire and regularly rewards breeders who avail of his services with serious
returns in the sales ring. This was again demonstrated at the Orby when Lot 140, a filly out of Holy Roman
Emperor (IRE) mare Valais Girl, went for €750,000 in selling to Godolphin from
Mount Coote Stud.
As Ireland’s foremost yearling sale, the Goffs Orby
showcases some of the best of Irish stock and is a shop window for the Irish
industry. This year’s results and the calibre of the buyers present are a
tribute to the dedication and ambition of contributors throughout the Irish
industry and underline Ireland’s position as a global leader in thoroughbred
breeding and sales.
ITM would like to thank all buyers, consignors, and breeders
for their contribution to a record-breaking sale. Great plaudits must also go
to Goffs for bringing together such an outstanding group of yearlings and
orchestrating the sale so successfully.