THE staging of the Goffs Million at the Curragh today [Saturday] signals the start of Goffs Orby Sale week. The 500-plus yearlings listed in the catalogue are already being viewed at Kildare Paddocks this weekend, ahead of the two-day sale which starts on Tuesday.
International interest in the Orby Sale is said to be increased this year, thanks in part to the strength of the dollar against the euro and a growth in demand from America for turf horses.
There are 12 yearlings from the final crop of the late Galileo due to be offered, along with five Frankels, 13 by Sea The Stars, seven Lope De Vegas, four Kingmans and a Dubawi. Other elite stallions represented include Dark Angel, Nathaniel, Siyouni, Zoffany, Oasis Dream, No Nay Never, Starspangledbanner, Camelot, Invincible Spirit, Night Of Thunder, Mehmas and Australia.
The sole Dubawi yearling in the sale comes from Staffordstown Stud, vendors of St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov (by Dubawi) at the 2020 Orby Sale.
Other Orby graduates to win big races this year include Prosperous Voyage (Group 1 Falmouth Stakes), Broome (Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes), Persian Force (Group 2 July Stakes) and Ladies Church (Group 2 Sapphire Stakes).
Last year’s Orby Sale catalogue had 444 entries, so this year’s book is 16% bigger. Henry Beeby, Goffs CEO, said: “Thanks to increased support from leading Irish breeders we have grown the catalogue whilst maintaining the quality across both days and I extend our thanks to every vendor as we are nothing with their beautiful yearlings.”
All yearlings offered will be eligible for the 2023 Goffs Million which currently is Europe’s richest two-year-old race.
Lot 28: Cotai Glory half-brother to Group 1 winner Champers Elysees.
Lot 30: No Nay Never half-sister to joint-champion two-year-old filly Pretty Gorgeous.
Lot 50: Frankel half-sister to Group 1 Prix de Diane winner Channel.
Lot 57: Kingman half-brother to the dam of Homeless Songs and Carla Bianca.
Lot 58: Zoffany full-brother to 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth.
Lot 78: Gleneagles half-sister to classic winner Sonnyboyliston.
Lot 93: No Nay Never full-sister to Blackbeard, winner of the 2022 Prix Robert Papin and Group 1 Prix Morny.
Lot 111: Galileo filly out of Grade 1 winner Nickname.
Lot 190: US Navy Flag half-sister to multiple group winner Happy Romance.
Lot 196: Zoffany full-brother to Ventura Storm and Sword Zorro.
Lot 215: Galileo filly out of Signora Cabello, a high-class sprinter and winner of Queen Mary, Prix Robert Papin and Marygate Stakes.
Lot 230: Invincible Spirit full-sister to Group 2 winner Creggs Pipes.
Lot 265: Galileo colt out of Terror, a listed race winner and Group 3 placed.
Lot 286: Inns Of Court half-brother to Group 2 July Stakes winner Persian Force.
Lot 306: Churchill half-sister to Group 2 winner Eminent, out of Group 1 placed dam.
Lot 327: Bungle Inthejungle half-brother to Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Aristia.
Lot 351: Galileo half-brother to Ajusted, Old Glory and full brother to Giusepe Piazzi.
Lot 402: Blue Point half-brother to Irishcorrespondent, two-time champion stayer in Hong Kong.
Lot 452: Awtaad half-brother to champion filly Taghrooda.
Lot 453: New Bay full-brother to dual Group 1 winner Saffron Beach.
Lot 490: Dubawi half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Time Warp and Group 1 winner Glorious Forever.
Lot 493: Sea The Stars half-brother to multiple group race winner Blond Me.
Lot 497: Kodiac half-sister to Love Reigns, listed race winner and fourth in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes.
Lot 499: Invincible Spirit filly out of Group 3 winner I Am Beautiful, from the family of Tapestry and Loves Only You.
Lot 501: Frankel filly out of Improve, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Creative Force and Persuasive.
Lot 174A: A filly by Camelot out of Requirement.
Lot 299A: A filly by Galileo out of Group 3 winner and multiple Group 1-placed French mare Wind Chimes.
Lot 315A: A filly by Sea The Stars out of a half-sister to stakes winners Lightning Moon and Song Of My Heart.
Lot 508A: A colt by Dark Angel out of stakes winner Isaan Queen.
Sale: Goffs Orby Sale at Kill, Co Kildare
Date/time: Tuesday & Wednesday, September 27th and 28th (9.30am each day)
Lots: 515 (20 withdrawals at time of writing)