Quotes from the salesground

“I think it’s been a very good sale the whole way through. There’s a great hunger and appetite there for horses which is great to see and is good for the business. I think we’ve seen a large cross-section of buyers in action over the few days. There’s no single group which has dominated and there’s some new faces and young guys around buying foals, which is another positive” – Bill Dwan

“It’s been a good sale and it’s the usual story – it’s just hard to buy the nice ones. When a good foal goes in there, everybody is on them and trade has been very competitive, which is the way it should be” – Eddie O’Leary

“It has been a good sale with a good clearance rate and, from our point of view, we found it very strong for the good ones. If you had a good, commercial foal with the potential to sell very well as a yearling you were going to have a lot of action on them, as all the big pinhookers were landing on those horses. There’s been plenty of English buyers around, which is good to see, and it was good to see how trade held up on Monday and Thursday’s session” – David Cox

“The top of the market proved robust with the new star Frankel leading the way for the second year in succession, but bidding has been as keen on each day and at all levels to vindicate so many Irish breeders choice of Goffs for their best. Indeed, a clearance rate of 82%, up from 765 despite a far bigger catalogue, makes the point and we are so pleased to have received so much positive feedback from so many about so much” – Henry Beeby