10/28/2011 2:45PM

Goffs sale sees large gains


The Goffs horses in training and open yearling sale in Ireland became the latest to enjoy big gains Friday, following major increases earlier this week at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale.

The one-day Goffs auction featured open yearlings and also revived the horses in training portion after a one-year hiatus. The auction's yearlings put up the biggest advances despite a smaller catalog, as gross receipts increased 17 percent, the average price more than doubled, and the median soared by 150 percent. The session, conducted in euros, sold 67 yearlings for about $779,307, resulting in an average price of about $11,631 and a $7,050 median. The results were marred by a 36-percent buy-back rate, but that was at least an improvement over last year's 38 percent.

Horses in training grossed about $1,233,750 for an average of $18,981 and a $6,345 median. Compared in euros with the results in 2009, the last time the horses and training sale was on offer, the gross lost just over 1 percent on a far smaller catalog. Two years ago, the horses in training auction sold 114 horses from a 153-horse catalog, but this year those numbers dwindled to 65 horses sold from an 88-horse catalog. The 2011 buy-back rate improved sharply over 2009, falling from 39 percent to 26 percent.

The horses in training average price, by contrast, shot up by 73 percent. Median stayed the same as in 2009.

A consignment of horses belonging to the Aga Khan boosted the figures. The day's top price was the 130,000 euros, or $183,300, for a 3-year-old Alhaarth colt from the Aga Khan. Named Sonapour, he is a half-brother to graded-winning hurdler Simarian and is a winner himself in eight starts. He has finished in the top three in half of his races to date.

Kevin Ross Bloodstock bought the bay colt. Copper Beech Stables served as consignor on the Aga Khan's behalf.

The top-priced yearling was a 50,000-euro ($70,500) colt from first-crop sire Fracas whose female family is familiar to U. S. racing fans. The colt's dam, the unraced Nureyev mare Madaen, is a daughter of two-time champion Life's Magic. The bay colt, a late April foal, went to Bobby O'Ryan. He is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed winner Baan. Cahermorris Stables was the consignor.