Izzy Bizu Tops Champions Sale

The Goffs Champions Sale in association with Brown Thomas kicked off Irish Champions Weekend when 10 horses in training were offered in the Leopardstown paddock prior to racing on Saturday. Topping trade was the stakes-winning 2-year-old filly Izzy Bizu (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) (lot 10), who was bought by Casey and Tom Malone from Mark Johnston’s Kingsley House Stables for €290,000. Izzy Bizu was a €30,000 yearling purchase by Johnston at last year’s Goffs Sportsmans sale and she has thus far earned £38,341 for four wins from eight starts. Breaking her maiden first out at Catterick in May, the half-sister to German Group 2 winner Donnerschlag (GB) (Bahamian Bounty {GB}) won a pair of novice races in June and took Deauville’s Listed Prix Six Perfections on July 29. She was 10th in the G3 Dick Poole S. on Sept. 7.

BBA Ireland signed for five of the nine lots sold, and that included the second top price, the 2-year-old colt Burgundy Boy (Ire) (Red Jazz {Ire}) (lot 5), for €260,000. The €17,000 Goffs November weanling, who RNA’d for €8,500 at Fairyhouse last year, broke his maiden in his third start at Roscommon on July 10 and was fourth in the G3 Tyros S. on July 27.

Trainer Michael Halford signed for the only other horse to surpass €200,000 on Saturday: lot 4, the 3-year-old gelding Massif Central (Ire) (Arcano {Ire}), who has yet to win in eight starts but has been placed in five of those.

A total of nine lots were sold on Saturday with one bought back, for an aggregate of €1,275,000. The average was €141,667 and the median €120,000.

Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “Goffs’s Champions Sale once again proved to be a truly international affair with buyers from the UK and Ireland competing with international interest from China and Hong Kong. We have received great support from vendors this year and again insisted that the Goffs Champions Sale is all about quality. The sale acts as the perfect curtain raiser to Longines Irish Champions Weekend and we are extremely grateful to the Leopardstown team for their support.”

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