On a day when Ronnie Bartlett’s Banbridge landed a Grade 1 over fences, the leading owner snapped up the £260,000 Nativehill (Ire) at the Goffs UK Aintree Sale after racing.
Nativehill, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Bellshill, was knocked down to Ian Ferguson on behalf of Bartlett for £260,000.
The Flemensfirth gelding, who was a late addition to the catalogue, bolted up in a point-to-point at Loughanmore on Easter Saturday for Colin McKeever.
A total of 19 horses sold for six-figure sums and others to feature were D B Cooper (Lot 17), a 4-year-old who won his debut point for Sean Doyle of Monbeg Stables and sold to Joey Logan and Andy and Gemma Brown for £225,000.
Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented, “Today has been another historic day for Goffs’ point-to-point sales. It started with Goffs PTP graduate Constitution Hill winning the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle shortly after Ahoy Senor finished second in the Grade 1 Aintree Bowl, and all this before Dysart Enos won the Grade 2 Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares’ Bumper just 12 months after selling for £95,000 at this sale last year.
“The day finished with another successful Aintree Sale which saw a total of 19 horses sell for six-figure sums, five more than we achieved in what was a record sale last year. This was matched by an 89% clearance rate and a median that was 15% ahead of last year which clearly demonstrates the consistent level of trade from start to finish. The genuine nature of today’s market is another highlight of tonight’s sale and, as ever, we would like to extend our thanks to the Aintree Executive for their support of the sale. We must also thank our vendors who have once again supported us with their very best horses and we wish all buyers the very best of luck with their new purchases.”
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