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Sales Circuit • By Carl Evans Goffs London Sale

Had it not been for a new location within Kensington Palace Gardens you might have felt the Goffs London Sale 2018 was a re-enactment of the edition held 12 months earlier. It was another very warm evening, albeit mercifully a couple of degrees cooler than the sauna of 2017, 13 horses found a buyer, one more than last year, and the most active man on the grounds – other than the auctioneers who had to work up a sweat to get stock moving – was bloodstock agent Alastair Donald. Last year he bought six horses on behalf of Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha of King Power Racing, and he matched that tally once again, slightly increasing his aggregate spend. The haul included the £720,000 top lot, Belle Josephine, a ten-year-old daughter of Dubawi with a Pivotal colt at foot and carrying a Siyouni foal, plus five horses holding Royal Ascot entries. To buy a horse ready to run at the Royal Meeting might be considered the raison d’etre of this sale – an easy peg on which to hang it – yet with the exception of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha few seem to have engaged with that concept. Either that, or the horses are deemed unlikely to win at the meeting, or the reserves for those likely to score are set too high.

Belle Josephine, in foal to Siyouni, sold with her Pivotal colt foal for £720,000

Belle Josephine, who Donald’s business partner Ed Sackville said was another early brick in Srivaddhanaprabha’s breeding plans – he also bought the Tale Of The Cat mare Baldovina for £300,000 at this sale last year – was followed over the line by 14-year-old Miss Beatrix, the Moyglare Stakes winner who arrived carrying to Muhaarar. Offered by her breeder, Bill Durkan, she was sold to Ann Marshall, who was acting for another, undisclosed, Irish stud owner.

What the sale, and the buyers, want most is a Royal Ascot winner or two, and it came pretty close on the opening day of the meeting when King Power’s Shine So Bright finished fifth of 23 in the Coventry Stakes, having been bought the previous evening by Donald for £375,000. But whatever the results on the track there is no doubt the sale makes a very good eve-of-Royal Ascot party, and is welcomed by racehorse owners, trainers and traders – plus sponsors as a glitzy branding opportunity.

Goffs London Sale Top lots Name/Sex/Breeding

Vendor

Price (£)

Buyer

Belle Josephine (Dubawi - Bella Lambada)

Salcey Forest Stud

720,000

SackvilleDonald

Miss Beatrix (Danehill Dancer - Miss Beabea)

Ballintougher Stud

400,000

Ann Marshall

Marathon Man (So You Think - Marie Des Fleurs)

Carlos Lerner

380,000

Paul Moroney

Shine So Bright (Oasis Dream - Alla Speranza)

Spigot Lodge Stables

375,000

SackvilleDonald

Dark Acclaim (Dark Angel – Sistine)

Prestige Place Stables

330,000

Avenue Bloodstock

Main Street (Street Cry - My Special J's)

Clarehaven Stables

300,000

SackvilleDonald

Junius Brutus (Cockney Rebel – Tricked)

Bansha House Stables

300,000

SackvilleDonald

Vintage Brut (Dick Turpin – Traditionelle)

Habton Grange

280,000

SackvilleDonald

Mr Reckless (Reckless Abandon – Zarabaya)

The Old Malthouse Stables

200,000

Avenue Bloodstock

C Violence - Indian Miss (Indian Charlie)

Mocklershill

190,000

John Best

Five-year tale Year

Sold

Agg (£)

Avg (£)

Mdn (£)

Top Price (£)

2018

13

3,710,000

285,385

300,000

720,000

2017

12

4,525,000

377,083

340,000

900,000

2016

28

5,593,000

199,750

135,000

1,300,000

2015

23

3,784,000

164,522

100,000

825,000

2014

35

6,760,000

193,143

120,000

1,300,000

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