June 14, 2018 |
The largest National Hunt Store Sales in Britain, the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale, took place at Doncaster on Monday 22 May. The sale saw 239 horses pass through the ring, topped by a son of Leading British-based NH Sire, Kayf Tara who was bought by Mags O’Toole for Gordon Elliot for £140,000.
The sale also saw a strong representation of mares registered with the TBA’s National Hunt Mare Owners Prize Scheme (NHMOPS). The scheme, which was set up and is run by the TBA, pays bonuses of up to £10,000 to connections of registered mares who win eligible bonus races.
A total of 16 mares registered with the scheme passed through the sales ring, which were topped by lot 72, a daughter of Great Pretender who sold for £60,000 to Higherflyer Bloodstock. Her consignors, Goldford Stud, saw further success with NHMOPS registered mares with their two other registered lots selling for £20,000 and £38,000. A total of 7 registered lots sold above the sales average (£27,668) to a range of purchasers including Tom Malone, Highflyer Bloodstock, Monbeg Stables, Henry Daley, Nigel Hawke, Michael Scudamore, Jason Higgins, Robert James, Chris McSharry and Paul and Caroline Chapman.
The following week, two horses registered to the scheme went through the ring at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham May Sale, a select sale of NH horses in training and point to pointers. The first of which Crackle Lyn Rosie (Lot 16), a daughter of Kayf Tara sold to Evan Williams for £42,000. Fergal O’Brien also purchased a registered mare, Agent Valdez (Lot 21) who was a recent winner of a Mares Maiden point-to-point at Loughrea.
Further information on the scheme, including a list of eligible races can be found on here