News Strong Start to Goffs December NH Sale

Strong Start to Goffs December NH Sale


An action packed opening day at Goffs December National Hunt Sale returned figures well up on the corresponding day last year, with a 26% rise in turnover, average price increase of 11% and a 25% surge in median. The clearance rate of 71% was also a considerable increase over 2016.

Leading the way was a smashing colt foal by Walk In The Park from Ballincurrig House Stud (Lot 94 - pictured) that was bought by Richard Frisby (pictured) for €50,000. The next highest priced foal, also from the Ballincurrig draft, was a son of Flemensfirth out of a winning half-sister to Grand National winner Ballabriggs (Lot 194) that sold to Ian Ferguson for €40,000.

Frisby, who purchased the multiple Grade 1 winner Finian’s Oscar here as a foal in 2012, also acquired a son of Leading Light from the family of Grand National winner Monty’s Pass (Lot 128) consigned by the Mangan’s Conna Stud. The colt who is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Minella Awards and the Grade 2 placed Monty’s Meadow sold for €39,000.

Other highlights of what was a very strong day of foal trade included Lot 55, a Getaway colt from Ballincurrig that was bought by Kevin Ross Bloodstock for €37,000 as well as The Beeches Stud’s Soldier Of Fortune colt from the family of Glens Melody and Whatuthink (Lot 82) that was knocked down at €37,000 to Richard Frisby, bringing his Day 1 tally to seven lots.

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