Own-brother foal to Ghaiyyath sells for €1,200,000

A new record for a colt foal at Goffs capped a remarkable third day at Part 1 of the November Foal Sale as the Dubawi own-brother to 2019 Group 1 winner Ghaiyyath out of the Classic winning Galileo mare Nightime sold for €1.2 million to Godolphin.  The star of an outstanding draft from the Castlebridge Consignment (Lot 745), sold on behalf of breeder Dermot Weld, was knocked down to Anthony Stroud to also become the second highest priced foal of all time at Goffs.    

The top priced filly of the sale was the beautiful Dark Angel half-sister to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Just The Judge (Lot 658) that sold to Shadwell Estate Company for €575,000.  Bred by Joan Keaney-Dempsey, she was consigned by Ballylinch Stud.

Reflecting on a record breaking November Foal Sale Part 1, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“We’re nothing without the horses” is a phrase we use regularly and it was never truer than today as we witnessed a trade of intensity and strength which was driven by a superb selection of the cream of the 2019 foal crop. We are indebted to so many leading breeders, from Ireland and the UK, who have entrusted us with their best foals and are simply delighted to have repaid that trust with some amazing prices.
Heading the day was unsurprisingly the beautiful own brother to Ghaiyyath who had held the distinction of being the highest priced colt foal ever in Ireland, as well as Europe’s highest priced foal of his year. For the 2019 colt to eclipse even that price at €1.2 million is a superb result for his breeders and we are so grateful that we were given the chance to deliver for them again. His price was backed up by three others to better last year’s top price and a trade of sustained demand over the three days of our Part 1 Foal Sale that built to a real crescendo today as clearly demonstrated by an incredible 91% clearance rate and a huge €98,248 average, which advanced 32%. Indeed, each Part 1 statistic has advanced with a record average, up 16% and a whopping 47 foals making €100,000 or over, up from 38 last year.
We extend our thanks to every vendor, however big or small, and wish each buyer the best of luck whether they have bought to resell or race. Goffs November Foals have an excellent record in both spheres so we look forward to offering many of this year’s catalogue at the Goffs and Doncaster next year, and then cheering them into winners’ enclosures around the world.
For now we turn our attention to some lovely Breeding Stock and then the Part 2 Foals which are sure to offer more great opportunities”.
DAY 3 - Comparative Figures 
  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€)
2018 191 161 (84%) 12,000,000 74,534 52,000
2019 181 165 (91%) 16,211,000 (+35%) 98,248 (+32%) 68,000 (+31%)
PART 1 - Comparative Figures 
  Offered Sold Turnover (€) Average (€) Median (€)
2018 665 480 (72%) 20,311,000 42,315 28,000
2019 645 525 (81%) 25,751,800 (+26%) 49,051 (+16%) 30,000 (+7%)