11/22/2013 8:14PM

Record-priced filly Chicquita tops Goffs November sale’s first session


Irish Oaks winner Chicquita dropped the hammer for 6 million Euros, or about $8,134,722 in U.S. funds, on Friday to lead the opening session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale and become the highest-priced filly or broodmare ever sold in Europe at public auction.

The classic-winning filly was the highlight of the dispersal of Paul Makin’s Paulyn Ltd., which helped drive gains during the first session of the Irish sale. However, sales figures posted dramatic improvements over last year even without the dispersal.

With the dispersal horses included, a total of 177 horses were sold for revenues of $31,454,666 (23,200,200 Euros), an increase of 219 percent from last year’s total of $9,867,346 (7,278,100 Euros) from 174 sold. The average sale price improved 220 percent, from $56,709 (41,828 Euros) to $181,630 (133,967 Euros), while the median rose 25 percent from $27,116 (20,000 Euros) to $33,895 (25,000 Euros).

Removing the Paulyn dispersal horses from consideration, the opening session finished with 153 horses sold for $14,640,123 (10,798,200 Euros), up 51 percent from last year. The average sale price of $97,282 (71,753 Euros) was a 72 percent improvement from the 2012 figure, while the median increased 15 percent to $31,183 (23,000 Euros).

Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock was the winning bidder on the record-priced Chicquita, a 3-year-old Montjeu filly whose most recent start came in the Group 1 Irish Oaks, which she won by a half-length. She finished second to eventual European Horse of the Year Treve in the Group 1 French Oaks in the start prior.

The Irish Oaks was Chicquita’s first win in four career starts, earning $614,638 for owner Makin and trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. She was consigned in the sale by The Castlebridge Consignment, which handled the Paulyn dispersal.

Bred in Ireland by Ecurie Des Monceaux and Skymarc Farm Inc., Chicquita is the first foal out of the stakes-winning Dansili mare Prudenzia, who is the dam of two winners from as many foals to race. Chicquita is from the family of Group 2 winner Pongee and Group 3 winner Pacifique,

Foals out of Prudenzia have done exceedingly well at auction. A Galileo filly out of the dam brought $1,332,800 at the Arqana August yearling sale, following in the footsteps of full sister Sinnamary, who sold for $1,356,850 at the same sale a year earlier. Prior to Friday’s transaction, Chicquita was actually the least expensive foal out of Prudenza to sell at auction, going for $863,700 at the 2011 Arqana August sale.

The Goffs November sale commences with its second and final session on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. local time.