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27 Entries at the 2018 Aintree Sale The 2018 Goffs UK Aintree Sale as of now has 27 top-class Pointers and Form Horses on offer at the at Aintree Racecourse. 22 Entries were released last week and 5 ...
On April 9, the Doncaster Racecourse will be set. The event will be the 2018 Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale. A set of 207 2YO’s have been catalogued. The breeze up will commence at 11am the Doncaster Raceco...
Glamorous Approach Bags The Highest Price Goffs February Sale got off to a strong start with a rise of 52% in both turnover and average and a top price of €130,000 that almost doubled that of last ye...
Goffs has released a quality catalogue for the three day February Sale that takes place from 6th to 8th February. There are 627 entries to date. The sale opens on Tuesday 6th February starting at 11a...
The name Goffs has been synonymous with Irish bloodstock sales for 150 years. In 1907, after Robert Goff's death, Patrick J. Brophy of Newbridge became a partner with Richard F. Gannon and Mrs. Goff. The Company was run by these three until 1922 when it became a limited company under the chairmanship of Edward Kennedy, the renowned breeder of "the spotted wonder", The Tetrarch. A board of directors consisting of Frederick S. Myerscough, Patrick J. Brophy, Senator J. J. Parkinson and Col. A. J. Blake completed the new management team. ndeed Goffs has a strong tradition of family involvements. Captain Michael Hall, the popular Manager of Goffs for a long number of years, is even today still remembered by many current Goffs clients and his son Robert was a member of the auctioneers' panel for many years until his retirement in 2011.
The mid-seventies marked a major turning point for Goffs. The cause was the sale in 1973 by the Royal Dublin Society of their sales paddocks at Ballsbridge in Dublin where Goffs had been selling for so many years. To survive, Goffs were obliged to seek a new site and a large injection of capital for the construction of a complete new sales complex. The selected location was a 78 acre property strategically located on the main arterial route between Dublin and The Curragh at Kill in Co. Kildare. Robert J. Goff & Co plc. was transformed into a new public unquoted company with 500 shareholders, the majority of whom were thoroughbred breeders, under the chairmanship of Patrick W. McGrath.
By 1984/85 group turnover had soared to 43.4 million guineas, with 2,073 horses sold. Several new sales "highs" had been set along the way, including the 900,000 guineas European record for Arkadina at the 1981 November Breeding Stock Sales, a record which was only beaten when Turkish Treasure was sold at the 1985 November Breeding Stock Sales for a new European record price of 1.2 million guineas. However, none of the records set by Goffs exemplified the growth of the company, or that of the Irish thoroughbred industry, as dramatically as the 3.1 million guineas bid by agent Tote Cherry-Downes, on behalf of Sheik Mohammed for Camas Park Stud’s son of Shergar at the 1984 Invitation Yearling Sale. Even now that price has never been beaten for an Irish Yearling.
Goffs also held the first Goffs Champions Sale in 2014 at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin. This select sale of Horses In Training is the opening event on Irish Champions Weekend – one of the best weekend’s in European racing featuring 5 Group 1 races over two days at Leopardstown and the Curragh.
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