THE record for the highest-priced National Hunt horse sold at public auction was comprehensively beaten today at the Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale with the Grech & Parkin Dispersal consigned Interconnected selling to Darren Yates and Philip Kirby for £620,000 – the highest priced horse ever sold at Doncaster.
Mike Grech & Stuart Parkin’s Grech & Parkin Dispersal proved a big attraction for the sale and it lived up to the hype, producing a number of six-figure lots headed by Interconnected (Lot 716).
The five-year-old son of Network produced an eye-catching performance on his only start under rules and proved the star of the sale when attracting bids from all over the packed Doncaster ring.
The price surpassed the previous record held by Garde Champetre who sold at the DBS Spring Sale for 530,000gns (£556,500) in 2004.
The Grech & Parkin Dispersal was responsible for four of today’s five six-figure lots with the Grade 2-placed mare Lust For Glory (Lot 709) selling to Highflyer Bloodstock for £235,000, the last-start listed chase-winning mare Kupatana purchased by Rathmore Stud for £210,000 and the Grade 2 winner Claimantakinforgan selling to Highflyer Bloodstock for £100,000.
The Brittas House Stud Dispersal also featured among today’s top lots with the last-start bumper winner The Brass Man (Lot 639) selling to Tom George for £110,000.
Goffs UK Managing Director Tony Williams commented: “Today has been an historic day for Goffs UK and it’s wonderful we have been able to achieve our highest price in the company’s history, and the highest ever price for a National Hunt horse at public auction, at the Spring Sale which first launched DBS in 1962.
"£620,000 for any horse is a big price but to achieve that for a National Hunt horse-in-training is a special result and one we will remember for a long time.
“Yesterday’s point-to-point session was a great success and continued what has been a fantastic year for Goffs NH sales. We are in debt to our vendors, and in particular Mike Grech and Stuart Parkin, who have supported us with some outstanding horses which has led to the sale grounds being among the busiest they have ever been for the last three days.
“We would like to wish our buyers all the very best with their stores, pointers and horses-in-training – we have a lot to look forward to as these horses hit the track and of course the Doncaster August Sale which will offer the remaining ten horses in the Grech & Parkin Dispersal.”
Day 2 - Spring HIT/P2P Sale Statistics
Sold: 235 (88%)
Aggregate: £4,437,300 (+88%)
Average: £18,882 (+44%)
Median: £9,000 (+13%
Full Sale - Spring HIT/P2P Sale Statistics
Sold: 405 (85%)
Aggregate: £9,143,400 (+45%)
Average: £22,700 (+13%)
Median: £10,000 (-17%)