14 June 2018

A record-breaking Goffs Land Rover Sale saw the previous record of €215,000 surpassed three times over. Overall, the comparative figures from 2017 were positive and increases were observed in the turnover and average by 11% and 6%, respectively. The clearance rate could not match the remarkable 88% achieved in 2017, where a nine point drop returned a respectable clearance rate of 79%.

History was made during Part I of the Land Rover Sale when a son of Champion sire Flemensfirth went the way of Paul Nicholls for owners Paul Barber and Paul Vogt. The hammer came down at €325,000, breaking any previous record achieved at the auction and becoming the highest priced horse at any Store Sale since 2011. Lot 226, consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud on behalf of Patrick McCann, is out of a half-sister to Master Minded who was trained by Paul Nicholls to win eight times at the highest level.

Earlier in the day Henry De Bromhead was successful with a bid of €235,000 for Lot 81. The gelding, offered by Oak Tree Farm and already named Fissa, is out of a daughter to a six-time winner in France and from the family of the dual Grade 3 winner Innox.

Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Yellowford Farm offering (Lot 36) did not disappoint when making €230,000 from Anthony Bromely of Highflyer Bloodstock. The gelding, a Camelot half-brother to the legendary Hurricane Fly (IRE) is also related to this year’s Punchestown Festival Champion Bumper winner Tornado Flyer (IRE).

Trade remained lively during Part II of the Land Rover Sale which was headed by a pair of €70,000 stores. Peter Nolan Bloodstock offered Lot 305, an Elusive Pimpernel half-brother to the Grade 2 placed Temple Dream (IRE) who subsequently went the way of Kevin Ross.

Highflyer Bloodstock were back in action during Part II of the sale with David Minton securing the second €70,000 store. White Horse Stud consigned Lot 450, a son of the late Garryrichard Stud sire Jeremy out of a sister to four winners and from the family of Listed chaser Dakyns Boy.


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