Diversity in Doncaster as Goffs UK hosts reformatted Autumn Sale
Single-session auction features the Silver Yearling Sale lots
Selling returns to Doncaster on Thursday as a bumper edition of the Goffs UK Autumn Sale gets under way at 10am.
The 308-lot catalogue comprises three sections, namely Autumn Horses-in-Training (lots 1-195), the Silver Yearling Sale, which has been rescheduled from its traditional post-Premier Sale pitch (lots 196-254), and the Autumn Yearling Sale (lots 255-308).
Recent editions of the Autumn Sale have featured a selection of point-to-pointers, but this section of the catalogue has been reduced this year, with horses with point-to-point form instead bound for the new Goffs UK November Point-to-Point Sale, which is dedicated to pointers, bumper performers and select form horses.
The November Point-to-Point Sale takes place at Yorton Farm on November 11, in a venue and date change necessitated by the lockdown in Doncaster which starts on Saturday.
Among the National Hunt runners on offer at the Autumn Sale with recent winning form are Clonguile Way (lot 92, consigned by Gavin Cromwell's Danestown House Stables), Ferrobin (158, consigned by Dan Skelton's Lodge Hill Stables), and Jorgie, who made a successful hurdles debut for Jim Goldie (173).
The session also features some talented Flat performers, notably Confide (49), a son of Lope De Vega and Confidential Lady who has won two of his four starts for David O'Meara and Cheveley Park Stud, and Vasco Da Gama (77), a €300,000 yearling son of Dansili who won a Vichy maiden on his second outing for Henri-Francois Devin and Sheikh Mohammed Obaid.
Among the stallions with yearlings catalogued to come under the hammer are the likes of Adaay, Bated Breath, Belardo, Havana Gold, Tamayuz and Ulysses. Past graduates of the Silver Yearling Sale include Abel Handy, Pleaseletmewin and the Group 1-winning Quiet Reflection.
Goffs UK's managing director Tim Kent said: "This year hosts a different format compared to the traditional Autumn Sale with a notable addition, the Silver Yearling Sale, and a significant absence in the full point-to-point/form horse session.
"The inclusion of the Silver Sale will give buyers access to more commercial yearlings, and both yearling sales have proven their ability to produce Group 1 horses with the likes of Quiet Reflection and Mabs Cross coming from their ranks.
"The shifting of the sale’s point-to-point/form horse session away from this date, to a stand-alone sale on November 11, means we can offer point-to-point handlers and buyers a dedicated P2P Sale. That being said, this sale has some smart performers catalogued and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Doncaster."
Goffs UK Autumn Sale factfile
Where Goffs UK sales complex, Doncaster
When Thursday, with selling starting at 10am
Last year's stats (no yearling session) From 143 offered lots, 100 sold (70 per cent) for turnover of £890,200 (down 41 per cent year-on-year), an average of £8,900 (down 22 per cent) and a median of £4,000 (down 20 per cent)
Notable graduates Make A Challenge (offered by Godolphin, bought by Colm Sharkey and Denis Hogan for £6,500), Silver Streak (consigned by Sunhill Racing Stables, bought by Evan Williams for £25,000), Thomas Hobson (consigned by Clarehaven Stables, bought by Willie Mullins and Harold Kirk for £240,000)
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