The Goffs UK Spring HIT Sale drew to a close on Thursday with a final clearance rate of 87%.
Although today’s session did not boast the high prices achieved on Wednesday, trade was solid.
The HIT Sale’s final average increased 16% on 2015 to £19,012, the median grew to £10,000, up 18% while the turnover grew 25% to £4.7 million with 17 fewer horses catalogued.
Topping Thursday's trade was Barbury Castle Stables’ Grade 2 winning chaser Ned Stark who sold to Oliver Murphy and Gordon Elliott for £70,000.
Godolphin offered a large consignment at the sale this year and their triple Bumper winner Waterlord achieved the second highest price of the day when selling to Donald McCain for £58,000. The sale saw a further four horses meet the £50,000 mark with Nicky Henderson’s Days Of Heaven selling to Highflyer Bloodstock, Robert Tyner’s Vicangelome going to the bid of Kevin Ross and Ben Case, Paul Nicholls’ Solar Impulse selling to Chris Kellett and Godolphin’s Keep In Line going to Kevin Ross.
Group chief executive Henry Beeby commented: "It is fair to say that the sale appeared to have lost some of its allure in recent years as the market evolved and, frankly, perhaps we were a little slow to react. But that is very much in the past now as the last three days have returned a proper trade for each category as we have found a format that plays to each sector’s strengths and gives the time and space for vendors and purchasers alike to focus on the very distinct sections of the sale without losing the enduring appeal of Doncaster in May."
FINAL SALE FIGURES
Sold: 183 (82%)
Turnover: £4,280,500 (+11%)
Average: £23,391 (+20%)
Median: £20,000 (+33%)
Horses-in-Training & Point-to-Pointers 2016
Sold: 249 (87%)
Turnover: £4,734,000 (+25%)
Average: £19,012 (+16%)
Median: £10,000 (+18%)
Whole Sale 2016
Sold: 432 (85%)
Turnover: £9,014,500 (+18%)
Average: £20,866 (+17%)
Median: £14,000 (+17%)
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