Trainer Colin Tizzard and bloodstock agent Ross Doyle paid a record €360,000 for winning point-to-pointer The Big Breakaway at the Goffs Punchestown Sale on Thursday evening.
The four-year-old Getaway gelding won at Quakerstown in Co Clare on Easter Sunday for Wexford handler Donnchadh Doyle.
The Inish Stables-consigned Noreen Bawn, a four year old daughter of Jeremy who impressed at Dromahane last weekend, was the next highest priced lot when selling for €220,000 to Gerry Hogan who also secured the four year old Shirocco gelding Unbreakable Bond from Donnchadh Doyle's Monbeg Stables for €210,000.
Another highlight of the catalogue was Barbado’s Buck, an impressive runner-up at Dromahane at the weekend for Beechmount Stables. The Getaway four year old was knocked down to Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls for €210,000.
Roger Brookhouse went to €170,000 for the winning pointer Gabbys Cross, consigned by Ballinagore Stables, while Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud – purchaser of Grade 1 winner Honeysuckle at the 2018 Punchestown Sale – secured another high class mare in Southern Girl. The daughter of Getaway was a recent 12-length winner at Quakerstown and sold for €155,000.
The sale saw a 15% rise in average price to €144,385, while median rose 5% to €115,000 and turnover increased by 7% on last year.
Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: "We were confident that this was an exceptional catalogue and there was huge interest throughout the afternoon at the stables. That translated into a vibrant trade for some very attractive young propositions.
"In the nine years we have held this sale it has proven to be a huge success both for the vendors selling but also, as importantly, for the buyers who have enjoyed enormous success on the racetrack."
Sold 13 (76%)
Aggregate €1,877,000 +7%
Average €144,385 (+15%)
Median €115,000 (+5%)
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