GOFFS UK started three days of selling with a day of store horses on Tuesday, and the set of figures they produced indicated that a healthy trade exists for quality lots. The aggregate, average and median all returned double digit increases and left managing director Henry Beeby in a happy mood.

Heading the market at £105,000 each were sons of Great Pretender and Robin Des Champs. First to the mark was Demi D’Ouverture, a three-year-old by the sire of Mr Mole and out of a Sagamix half-sister to Tocca Ferro, winner of the Gerry Feilden Hurdle for Emma Lavelle. Bloodstock agent Tom Malone secured him for an owner with Paul Nicholls and the vendor was Peter Vaughan’s Moanmore Stables.