Stallion prospects and broodmares among diverse February Sale offering
National Stakes scorer Verbal Dexterity will be offered on Wednesday
Verbal Dexterity, who was sent out by Jim Bolger to win the 2017 National Stakes at the Curragh, is one of two stallion prospects listed for the Goffs February Sale, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am each day.
Bred by Bolger and John Corcoran, the five-year-old is by the Vinndication stallion Vocalised - a $560,000 yearling campaigned by Bolger and Corcoran - out of the Holy Roman Emperor mare Lonrach.
Ridden throughout his career by Kevin Manning, Verbal Dexterity (lot 545) won by almost ten lengths on his debut in a hotly contested Curragh maiden, before posting his highest Racing Post Rating of 119 in the National Stakes.
Verbal Dexterity continued to perform admirably at three and four, including when second to Hazapour in the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown on his penultimate start.
He will be offered by Glebe House Stables along with the unraced stallion prospect News Anchor (546), a New Approach colt whose dam Halla Na Saoire is an unraced Teofilo half-sister to the Group 2 winner and Irish Derby third Light Heavy and Halla Siamsa, the dam of Dewhurst Stakes scorer Parish Hall.
Such breeding means News Anchor is inbred 2x3 to Coolmore's 11-time champion sire Galileo.
Among the broodmares on offer are Dawn Of A New Era (438), a sister to Dawn Approach offered in foal to Make Believe, and Olga Prekrasa (480), the dam of Group 1 Prix Jean Prat scorer and sire Zelzal who is in foal to Churchill.
Some of the weanlings on offer will pique the interest of National Hunt buyers, including Thistletown Stud's Mount Nelson half-sister to the dual Irish Grand National runner-up Isleofhopendreams (59); and Cleaboy Stud and Coppice Farm's Getaway half-sister to the Grade 2 hurdle winner My Sister Sarah (214).
Billed as Europe's leading mid-winter sale, the February Sale begins with a full day of weanlings on Tuesday, followed by a day dedicated to breeding stock, two-year-olds, horses in training and older horses, as well as the two stallion prospects.
Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said: "As the most consistently successful mid-winter sale in Ireland and the UK, we are delighted to offer the largest and most diverse selection of horses anywhere in Europe at the beginning of the year.
"The popularity of the Goffs February Sale was evident by the demand for places again this year and we have produced a catalogue of unrivalled choice and quality that should hold huge appeal to domestic and international buyers."
Goffs February Sale
Where Kildare Paddocks, Kill, County Kildare W91 K197
When Tuesday and Wednesday, sessions start at 10am
Last year's stats From 386 lots offered, 264 sold for a 68 per cent clearance rate and total sales of €3,976,150, an average of €15,061 and median of €7,850
Notable graduates Chestnut Honey (sold by Ballintry Stud to Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock for €30,000); Amade (Ringfort Stud, Jamie Railton, €80,000); Abel Handy (Oghill House Stud, Oakshott Bloodstock, €7,000)