A LOT of attention has been given to Altior’s half-brother ahead of next week’s Goffs Land Rover Sale, but there is plenty more to shout about in the catalogue.
Without a doubt, this National Hunt store sale has gone from strength in strength in the past 10 to 15 years. The sale was established in 1996 and, for this writer, it was Hardy Eustace and Brave Inca who first put the June Sale in the headlines – and that was 21 years ago.
Since then both the prices and the number of top-class graduates to have emerged each year appear to have grown almost continuously. The fact that Land Rover has remained as the sale sponsor for so many years speaks volumes too.
The €100,000 bumper that carries the sale’s name at the Punchestown Festival has its own roll of honour. Altior was actually beaten in that race but winners include Hardy Eustace, Newmill, Petit Mouchoir and Commander Of Fleet, all of whom went on to Grade 1 success.
The 2022 winner Absolute Notions was sold for an astonishing €370,000 at the Goffs Punchestown Sale two days later. Winning vendor Evergreen Stud received a new Land Rover Defender as their prize.
The aforementioned Commander Of Fleet was one of five Land Rover graduates to win at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. They included Grade 1 mares’ hurdle winner Marie’s Rock and Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner Sir Gerhard.
In recent time Paisley Park was the ‘cover star’ for the Land Rover. Now the mantle has been passed to Sir Gerhard, who followed up his Cheltenham win with another Grade 1 victory at the Punchestown Festival. The Jeremy gelding was a €72,000 purchase at the Land Rover, consigned by Peter Molony’s Rathmore Stud.
The King George VI Chase winner Tornado Flyer (€63,000) is another high-profile graduate of the sale.
A strong sire line-up in the Land Rover includes Authorized, Blue Bresil, Camelot, Coastal Path, Doctor Dino, Flemensfirth, Great Pretender, Jukebox Jury, Kapgarde, Martaline, Maxios, Muhtathir, No Risk At All, Shantou, Soldier Of Fortune, and Walk In The Park.
Lot 1: Milan half-brother to 2022 Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 placed Lifetime Ambition.
Lot 27: Saint Des Saints half-brother to Grade 1 winner Champ De Bataille.
Lot 28: Doyen half-brother to Kerry National and Munster National Chase winner Cabaret Queen.
Lot 54: Milan half-sister to multiple Grade 1 chase winner Road To Respect.
Lot 82: Walk In The Park filly half-sister to a Grade 2 winner.
Lot 91: Jukebox Jury half-brother to Grade 1 chase winner Fury Road.
Lot 93: Half-brother to dual Champion Chase winner and 10-time Grade 1 winner Altior, by Camelot.
Lot 112: No Risk At All half-brother to Grand National winner One For Arthur.
Lot 114: Walk In The Park half-brother to Goffs Thyestes Chase winner Invitation Only.
Lot 122: Westerner half-brother to Grade 2 hurdle winner and Leopardstown Chase winner Birchdale.
Lot 155: Kapgarde filly out of listed chase-winning own-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Rubi Ball. The filly is also an own-sister to Grade 1 placed Embrun D’Oudairies.
Lot 165: Getaway half-sister to Grade 2 hurdle winner My Sister Sarah, out of a sister to Grade 1 chase-winning mare J’y Vole.
Lot 191: Getaway half-brother to Grade 2 winning chaser Fitzhenry.
Lot 210: Jukebox Jury gelding from Peter Nolan Bloodstock. Half-brother to two graded race winners.
Lot 258: Brave Mansonnien half-brother to Grade 1 winner Vanillier.
Lot 260: Leading Light half-sister to Grade 2 winning filly Telmesomethinggirl.
Lot 301: Getaway gelding out of Grade 2 winner Askanna, a half-brother to Grade 1 novice hurdle winner Minella Cocooner.
Lot 305: Ol’ Man River sister to Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed Emitom.
Lot 324: Westerner half-brother to dual Grade 2 winner Blazing Khal.
Lot 358: Walk In The Park brother to Grade 1 performers Tombstone and Tintangle.
Lot 362: Mount Nelson gelding of an own-sister to Grade 1 winner Glens Melody. He is a half-brother to graded hurdle and chase winner Minella Melody.
Lot 370: Jukebox Jury half-brother to multiple Grade 1 chase winner Don Poli.
Lot 380: Westerner filly from Ard Erin Stud. She is a half-sister to a Grade 2 hurdle winner.
Lot 388: Leading Light gelding from F&H Bloodstock, a half-brother to Munster National winner Ontheropes.
Lot 403: Walk In The Park gelding from Glenvale Stud. He is a half-brother to Grade 1 Ascot Chase winner Riders Onthe Storm.
Lot 411: Getaway own-sister to dual Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed Getabird.
Sale: Goffs Land Rover Sale in Kill, Co Kildare
Date: Part 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7th & 8th. Part 2 on Thursday, June 9th. Starts 10am each day.
Lots: 476 in Part 1, 239 in Part 2.
Info: All lots are eligible for the €100,000 Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the 2023 Punchestown Festival.
Tel: 045 886600