GOFFS OF IRELAND - New Goffs Horses-In-Training Sale To Be Held At Ascot

Published 2023/09/06

New Goffs Horses-In-Training Sale To Be Held At Ascot


New Goffs Horses-In-Training Sale to be held at Ascot Racecourse on QIPCO British Champions Day

Ascot Racecourse, Goffs and British Champions Series Limited are delighted to announce a new boutique horses-in-training sale to be held on QIPCO British Champions Day, Saturday 21 October 2023.

The Goffs QIPCO British Champions Day Sale at Ascot will offer approximately 12 elite horses in training in the parade ring before racing, with the auction conducted from the Ascot winner’s podium.

QIPCO British Champions Day is Britain’s richest race day with a prize fund of over £4 million. It is a thrilling finale to the Flat racing season that features four Group 1 races and is attended by many of the sport’s leading owners and trainers.

Goffs has a proven record of creating world-class offsite boutique sales. The Goffs London Sale at Kensington Palace Gardens has been the curtain raiser to Royal Ascot for almost a decade, achieving prices of £1.3 million, £1.3 million, £1.2 million, £1.1 million, £900,000, £825,000, £800,000, and £720,000 for elite horses in training. Taking inspiration from how Goffs London blends the business of selling quality horses with a unique social occasion, the Goffs QIPCO British Champions Day Sale at Ascot will be preceded by a reception for invited guests and potential purchasers.

The theatre of the auction and the opportunity to showcase the bloodstock sales side of the thoroughbred industry meanwhile will also enhance an action-packed race day devised by QIPCO and British Champions Series to entertain and educate racegoers.

Launching the Goffs QIPCO British Champions Day Sale at Ascot, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“The Ascot brand is the most prestigious in global racing and we are truly honoured to have been chosen to conduct this sale on QIPCO British Champions Day.

“We believe this sale has huge potential for two key reasons – timing and location. October is the traditional end of season window for selling, while the spectacular location of Ascot Racecourse on Britain’s richest race day offers access to a captive audience of international buyers and many of racing’s principles who will be in attendance.

“Goffs has experience and flair when it comes to staging boutique sales, no more so than at our London Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot which is another perfect example of right time, right place. Goffs London has sold more seven figure horses-in-training than any other British HIT Sale over the past ten years and we will follow London’s lead in how we position and promote the sale at Ascot.

“I would like to thank the Ascot Racecourse executive and trustees and the teams at British Champions Series and QIPCO for their support and enthusiasm in this new initiative with Goffs. What better way to start QIPCO British Champions Day than auctioning top class horses from the heart of the action on a spectacular day of racing.”

Alastair Warwick, Chief Executive at Ascot Racecourse, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Goffs on QIPCO British Champions Day to introduce this unique sale. Improving and innovating is very important to all of those involved with the day and we hope the Goffs QIPCO British Champions Day Sale at Ascot will add another exciting dimension to the experience for participants and racegoers alike.”

Rod Street, CEO of British Champions Series said:

“The Goffs HIT sale on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot adds yet another layer of interest to a special occasion. QIPCO British Champions Day celebrates not only the finest racing, but also promotes the journey through racing - from careers in horseracing to the aftercare of horses. A high-quality sale pre-racing provides even more interest and excitement to the day.”