THE annual Million In Mind Dispersal has become an established highlight of the Goffs UK sales calendar over the years and it has produced some outstanding results. Today was no exception as the Nicky Henderson-trained Grand Roi topped the sale at £400,000.
The unbeaten hurdler Grand Roi (Lot 318) turned heads on the track this season and attracted bids from around the ring and from Goffs’ online bidding service before Charlie Swann and Gordon Elliott exchanged bids all the way to £400,000, the latter coming out on top.
The price tag is the second highest price the Million In Mind dispersal has achieved, falling behind only Garde Champetre who sold for 530,000 guineas in 2004.
Ash Hill House’s supplementary entry, the dual placed pointer Fabrique En France (Lot 340A), shared the day’s second highest price when selling to Olly and Aiden Murphy for £82,000.
That price was matched later in the day with Jonjo O'Neill’s dual hurdle winner Sky Pirate (Lot 448) who was knocked down to the Wasdell Group.
Philip Rowley’s last start winning pointer, Lilith (Lot 335), was another to surpass the £50,000 mark when selling to Anthony Honeyball for £52,000.
Commenting on today’s trade and the Summer Sale as a whole, Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented: “The three-day Summer Sale has been a success from start to finish and today’s trade has been no different.
"This unique sale was similar in format to our traditional Spring Sale and managed to attract a diverse buying bench that was prepared to spend at all levels of the market, either in person, on the phone or online.
"It is this varied selection of horses that helps to attract these buyers each year and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all vendors, of Stores and Horses in Training, who have supported us during these unprecedented times and helped Goffs to conduct a very successful sale under a unique set of challenges.
“The obvious highlight of the day was the Million In Mind dispersal, which managed to achieve the second highest price in their history, and we are indebted to Anthony Bromley and David Minton for their continued commitment to the sales at Doncaster.
"It is always a privilege to offer their draft and it is wonderful to be able to achieve this result for them and their investors.
"It is also reassuring to see that sort of money being spent on horses at this time and I’m sure that the results of this week will help to reassure vendors and purchasers in advance of the Goffs Land Rover Sale in two weeks’ time.
“Three good days selling two categories of horse at one unique event. It was a long way from what we planned at the beginning of the year but the results were every bit as good as we could have hoped for and we would like to thank everyone who has participated at Doncaster this week – without you, this would not have been possible."
The Goffs Land Rover Sale is next and will be held on August 12-13th.
Day 3 Statistics
Sold: 158 (85%)