News Galileo foals headline superb Goffs November Foal catalogue

Galileo foals headline superb Goffs November Foal catalogue


Goffs will be the only auction house in the world to offer foals by Galileo this year. A trio by the world champion sire headline another world class selection of foals as Irish vendors have chosen to send so many of their best to Goffs once again, resulting in a catalogue of outstanding quality and depth that is now available online.

1110 foals are catalogued for the five day sale which this year takes place in two parts.  Part 1 of the sale will begin on Monday 20 November with what were traditionally “Day 3” foals, building to a climax on Wednesday 22 November when the top tier foals will be offered.  Part 2 of the foal sale will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November with the breeding stock sale taking place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November.  All foals are catalogued together with a separate catalogue for breeding stock.   

Galileo’s three foals will be offered by The Castlebridge Consignment and include an own sister to Group 1 winner Johannes Vermeer, who finished a head second in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield last weekend, as well as Elizabeth Browning who won the Group 2 Kilboy Estates Stakes at the Curragh this year (Lot 541).  Another headliner is the colt by Galileo out of the dual Group 1 winning Australian race mare Melito (Lot 569), while the trio is completed by a filly out of another southern hemisphere multiple Group winner, Fix (Lot 732).

The diverse sire profile also includes foals by Acclamation, Australia, Dansili, Dark Angel, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Iffraaj, Invincible Spirit, Kingman, Kodiac, Lope De Vega, Nathaniel, Oasis Dream, Pivotal, Sea The Stars, Siyouni, Society Rock, Teofilo and many more.  Those most strongly represented include Dandy Man (41), Camacho (33), Elzaam (30), Epaulette (31) No Nay Never (28), Zebedee (28), and War Command (27). 

Among the first season sires featured are Golden Horn (4), Gleneagles (9), Muhaarar (3), Night of Thunder (21) Free Eagle (25) and Make Believe (23), while significant numbers by Gutaifan (44), Anjaal (37), Hallowed Crown (33), and Ivawood (32) are also on offer.

Goffs November Sale proved to be a leading source of pinhook profit once again at the 2017 yearling sales with examples including a foal bought last November for €56,000 that sold at the Orby for €500,000, a €46,000 foal that sold for €325,000, a €100,000 to €300,000 pinhook and a €68,000 November purchase that sold at Orby for €320,000.

On the racecourse the calibre of foals at the November Foal Sale was in evidence throughout 2017, headed by multiple Group 1 winner Ribchester as well as a host of Group winning two year olds such as Coventry Stakes winner Rajasinghe, Richmond Stakes winner Barraquero, Fighting Irish who won a Group 2 in France last week as well as Group 3 Autumn Stakes winner and Classic contender Ghaiyyath who was Europe’s highest price colt foal in 2015 when selling for €1.1 million.

Commenting on the launch of the 2017 Foal Sale catalogue, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: 

“Goffs November Sale is a sale that goes from strength to strength each year, with the last three renewals providing the top priced foals in Europe, and to be the only sale in the world to offer Galileo foals is a wonderful endorsement of the quality associated with the November Sale.  We have received incredible support from Irish breeders once again which has resulted in a catalogue of great strength and depth packed with potential at every level, be it for end users or those looking to buy to re-sell.

Reacting to client feedback from both vendors and purchasers the format was revised to allow maximum inspection time for the premier foals and we believe those selling later in the week will also benefit from the knock on effect of being viewed during the sale.”

Details of the November Breeding Stock Sale will be announced tomorrow when the catalogue will be available online.

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