Lots to look forward to at the revamped Goffs UK August Sale
The auction takes place in Doncaster on Wednesday and Thursday
The Goffs UK August Sale extends to two days this year, with horses in training and point-to-pointers offered on Wednesday, and stores and National Hunt yearlings on Thursday. Here are half a dozen to keep an eye on from the opening session.
Guinness Village (66)
5yo bl g Sholokhov - Lowroad Cross (Anshan)
Consigned by Welcheston Court
This gelding is out of a full-sister to a Listed-placed hurdler in Crooked Throw and is a half-brother to the Grade 3-winning chaser Doctor Phoenix, also second in the Grade 2 Webster Cup for Gordon Elliott.
Third in a Chaddesley Corbett point in May, the Welcheston Court-consigned gelding comes from a family with plenty of winners under rules and in points, including Sundown Trail, Freestyler, Marlay Park and What Happens Now.
4yo b f Maxios - Sagacious (Dalakhani)
The daughter of Maxios showed promise when fourth on her penultimate start in a Uttoxeter bumper and more can be expected from the four-year-old given time.
Out of a winning full-sister to Lanwades Stud Stakes scorer Shreyas, Hoorayforhannah's dam is particularly well-related as she is also a half-sister to the top-class Youmzain, a multiple Group 1 winner and third in three consecutive Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, plus Lockinge Stakes scorer and dual Classic runner-up Creachadoir.
The Linacres Farm-consigned Hoorayforhannah has obviously a long way to go before reaching such dizzying heights, given her three bumper starts for Dr Richard Newland, but at the very least she could prove up to winning before too long.
Secret Scripture (97)
5yo ch g Mount Nelson - Kauto Shiny (Priolo)
The much-missed Mount Nelson was a sire who proved his worth on the Flat and over jumps and this gelding, a point winner on his most recent start at Grennan, looks a potentially interesting asset to any National Hunt yard.
He is the first foal out of the Grade 2-placed hurdler Kauto Shiny, herself a granddaughter of Kauto Relka, dam of the mighty dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero and five-time King George VI Chase winner Kauto Star.
Kauto Shiny is also a half-sister to two Graded performers in the Listed-winning Peterborough Chase second Kauto Riko, a six-time winner for Tom Gretton, and French hurdle runner-up Kauto Sweety.
Doran's Bridge (100)
5yo b g Imperial Monarch - Molly Connors (Oscar)
Another winning Irish pointer, this time from Colin Bowe's all-conquering yard, Doran's Bridge was second to the promising subsequent bumper scorer Bold Endeavour on his debut at Necarne and then bounced back after a mishap at Portrush with success at Fairyhouse in April.
The five-year-old is out of the placed bumper and hurdler Molly Connors, an Oscar half-sister to Ballymore Novices' Hurdle victor Massini's Maguire and from the family of several other high-class hurdlers, including Crossed My Mind and Bright Note.
Prime Time Lady (106)
4yo br f Westerner - Lady Everywhere (Exit To Nowhere)
Placed in Dromahane and Ballingarry points, including when third to the £195,000 Goffs UK May Sale topper Happy D’Ex, Prime Time Lady also has an excellent pedigree to match her promise on the track.
She is out of the winning chaser Lady Everywhere, a full-sister to Swincombe Flame, a Listed bumper winner and placed behind Quevega and Glens Melody respectively in the then-Grade 2 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle at Punchestown.
Lady Everywhere is also a half-sibling to Master Debonair, an eight-length winner of the 2019 Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Ascot for the Tizzards.
Gemini Fire (173)
4yo ch g Mahler - Verde Goodwood (Lomitas)
Second on his point debut at Charing in March, Harley Dunne's son of Mahler is out of a winning hurdler in Verde Goodwood, a half-sister to three black-type performers including Newbury Novices' Hurdle Final winner Argento Luna.
The daughter of Lomitas is also related to Lyes Green, second to the top-class Albertas Run in a Listed handicap hurdle at Aintree's Grand National meeting in 2007, and another Listed-placed hurdler in Winsley.
Mahler needs little introduction, having proven himself a source of high-class chasing talent with Graded winner and narrow Down Royal Champion Chase second Chris's Dream and Maghull Novices' Chase scorer Ornua to name but two.
Goffs UK August Sale factfile
Where Goffs UK Sales complex, Doncaster
When Two-day sale from Wednesday, the first day at 11am and the second at 10am
Last year's stats From 378 lots offered, 304 sold for turnover of £5,908,850, an average of £19,437 and a median of £14,000
Notable graduates Tiger Roll (sold by Darley to Nigel Hawke for £10,000 in 2013), Sky Pirate (sold by Lady & Alice Bamford from Jackdaws Castle to Wasdell Group for £82,000 in 2020), Sceptical (sold by Godolphin to James McAuley for £2,800 in 2019)