02/13/2013 9:24PM

Goffs February sale: Acclamation filly leads opening session



A yearling filly by Acclamation led the opening session of the Goffs February sale in County Kildare, Ireland, on Wednesday, selling for 60,000 euros, or $80,685, to Aran Bloodstock. 

Goffs reported 152 hips sold for $2,077,871, an 18 percent decline compared with the first session of last year’s sale, when 150 hips sold for $2,536,889. Wednesday’s average price of $13,670 dropped 19 percent compared with last year, but the median rose 18 percent to $8,070.

Consigned by J.K. Thoroughbreds, the session topper is out of the unraced Oasis Dream mare Church Melody. Her second dam is Irish Group 1 winner Chorist. David Ryan signed the ticket for Aran Bloodstock.

John Ferguson, principal for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, signed the ticket for the session's second-highest price, purchasing a yearling filly by Darley European stallion and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass for 55,000 euros, or $73,967. The filly, consigned by Meath Stud Farm, is out of the stakes-placed winning Indian Ridge mare Dark Indian, and is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Valbenny. 

The second and final session of the Goffs February sale is set for Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. local time.

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