Moyglare Stud filly Candle Lit made 100,000 euros to top the second and final session of the Goffs February Sale in Co Kildare on Thursday.
Brain Grassick Bloodstock purchased the daughter of Duke of Marmalade who is out of the stakes-winning Highest Honor mare Diamond Trim. She was unraced due to an injury as a foal.
Candle Lit is a three-quarter sister to Danehill’s multiple Group winner Profound Beauty who was last seen finishing down the track in the 2010 Melbourne Cup won by Americain.
“This is a very rare opportunity as Moyglare just doesn’t sell fillies from this family,” Cathy Grassick told Racing Post. “She is the first filly in two generations of this family to come up for sale and we’re delighted to have got her. She’s been bought on behalf of an established client.”
bolstered final sales figures only slightly as the auction ended well down in total receipts and average price when compared with last year’s numbers.
Goffs reported 296 lots sold over two sessions for 2.87 million euros. The average was down 27% to 9,729 euros but the clearance rate improved 6 points to 68%.
“Some of the statistics may not have matched last year but we have returned a strong trade on both days and welcomed another international audience following a co-ordinated approach from Goffs and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing,” Goffs CEO Henry Beeby said.
“The fact is that this year has returned the second best set of results since the pre-downturn highs of February 2008 and over 50% ahead of 2011. Of course we would have preferred to advance again in all sectors but an improved clearance rate and steady median price clearly show we continue to develop the sale.”