AIDEN Murphy, father of trainer Olly Murphy, made his presence felt on day two of the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale when signing for three of the five top-priced lots.
Tuesday's session saw over 86% of the 133 lots offered sold, echoing Monday's strong trade.
Over the two days 41 lots sold for £50,000 or more, a significant increase on 2019’s 22 lots. The final average of £32,105 represented a 21% increase on 2019’s figure and 13% above the former 2017 record. The median also posted a new record of £27,000.
Tuesday's trade was topped by a brace of six-figure sales headed by Peter Moloney’s Rathmore Stud’s Saint Des Saints gelding out of the listed placed mare Nomad Attitude. It was sold to Aiden Murphy and Kim Bailey for £105,000.
Olly and Aiden Murphy also went to £100,000 late in the day to secure Richard and Sally Aston’s Goldford Stud’s Kayf Tara filly out of the listed winning mare Whoops A Daisy.
Aiden Murphy also went to £85,000 to secure Trickledown Stud’s No Risk At All gelding
Another to feature late in the day was Norman Williamson’s Oak Tree Farm’s Montmartre gelding, which sold to Ian Ferguson for £95,000.
Highflyer Bloodstock ended the sale as the leading buyers, acquiring 20 horses for a total of £740,000 and among their purchases today was Moanmore Stables’ Crillon gelding, which was knocked down for £80,000.
The same price was achieved by Stephen Kemble’s Walk In The Park filly, bought by Simon Earle, and by Ballincurrig House Stud’s Blue Bresil filly, who was bought by Tom Malone.
Among the Irish buyers active on the day were Denis Murphy, Donnchadh Doyle, Harley Dunne, Colin Bowe, and Michael Shefflin and Paul Holden.
Goffs UK managing director Tim Kent said: "Following unprecedented vendor demand for places in this sale, which led to its expansion to two days, we were hopeful of a successful sale and we marketed this catalogue as arguably our strongest ever.
"That pre-sale stance made for a nervous few weeks in the build-up to this sale and it is wonderful to have delivered on that hype and produced the best set of statistics in the sale’s 60-year history.
“Full credit has to go to our vendors – they have backed this sale and sent us some outstanding horses."
The Spring Sale continues on Wednesday (11am start) and Thursday when horses in training and point-to-pointers will be on offer.
STORE SALE STATISTICS (compared to 2019)
Sold: 224 (83%)
Aggregate: £7,191,500 (+52%)
Average: £32,105 (+21%)
Median: £27,000 (+29%)