09/29/2011 4:04PM

Goffs Orby sale posts gain in media, but average dips

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The Goffs Orby yearling sale, which ended Thursday in Ireland, eked out a 3 percent gain in median price as average fell by the same amount.

The three-day auction sold 487 yearlings, or 79 percent of the 614 offered, for an approxiamte aggregate of $30,630,600. Compared year-to-year in the euros used at the auction, that was a 1 percent increase over last year’s total for 467 yearlings. But the average price, about $62,897, fell 3 percent from last season and certainly was affected by the larger number sold at the loss of last year’s 950,000-euro sale-topper.

Median advanced by 3 percent, ending at $40,800.

The sale-topper was a 350,000-euro New Approach filly out of the Indian Ridge mare Posterity. Shadwell Estate Co. bought her from The Castlebridge Consignment. The half-sister to Group 3 winner Future Generation cost about $476,000.

The auction concluded Thursday with the single Orby part 2 session, topped by a 53,000-euro Acclamation filly that Paddy Twomey bought as a juvenile resale prospect. The bay filly is out of the Danehill mare Talah and is a half-sister to stakes winner Ceremonial Jade. Talah is a full sister to Group 1-placed Firth of Lorne.

The session-topping filly’s cost in American currency was about $72,080.