Company modifies November format
Trade to be split into two parts
Goffs has revamped the format of its November Sale, at which foals and breeding stock go under the hammer.
This year's auction will take place in two parts from Monday, November 19, to Sunday, November 26. Part 1 will begin with what were traditionally 'day three' foals, building to a climax on the Wednesday, when top-tier foals will be offered.
Those Part 1 foals will total no more than 660 lots, meaning all three days will be stabled from the outset, allowing potential purchasers time to inspect from the start of the sale – a format that mirrors the Orby Yearling Sale.
Premier breeding stock will sell on the Thursday followed by another full day of mares.
Part 2 of the November Sale will feature more foals on the Saturday and Sunday.
All foals will be catalogued together, with a separate catalogue for breeding stock.
The entry fee for Part 2 has been lowered to €460 plus VAT – a €200 reduction on the Part 1 fee.
Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: “This restructuring is a considered decision based on consistent feedback from vendors and purchasers alike.
“A significant number of buyers have told us that the sale’s traditional format did not give enough time to inspect the better foals. This is a market-leading foal sale, as evidenced by it selling Europe’s highest priced foal again in 2016, and the new format will help reinforce its position by allowing these foals to be stabled earlier and provide more inspection time at the beginning of the week which is a proven and successful format.”