‘Electric from start to finish’: new record price set at Goresbridge Go For Gold

  • A three-year-old daughter of Sligo Candy Boy topped the 2021 Goresbridge Go For Gold results with a new record price of €82,000 (£69,004).

    The 2021 sale was the most successful to date in terms of turnover, which stood at close to €1.5m (£1.26) for 62 lots sold.

    Brian Flynn and Meabh Bolger, of MBF Sport Horses, had a sale to celebrate. Among the horses sold under their names were both the overall sale header, homebred MBF Stardust (Sligo Candy Boy x Terimon), who sold to US buyers Three Creeks Training LLC, and the second-top lot MBF Major Lazer, by Emir R. The latter was the highest-priced ridden horse at the auction, and was knocked down to GHF Equestrian (Vicky Tuffs and Andrew Williams) in the UK for €79,000 (£66,480).

    “We were thrilled with the sale. It was electric from start to finish and fantastic to see so many new customers as well as so many returning purchasers who support the sale each year. I think it’s testament to the selection process and the quality of horse on offer at the Go For Gold Sale,” said organisers Martin and Mary Frances Donohoe.

    “People have come to expect the very best at the Go For Gold Sale and the lists of accolades and achievements of our graduates speaks volumes.”

    The UK was the biggest market, claiming 50% of horses sold, with the US also proving lucrative, accounting for close to a third of purchases.

    A total of 45% of horses were bought by online or telephone bidders, with successful buyers from Germany, Canada, Sweden and Belgium, as well as the major US and UK markets.

    Michael Jung was among the repeat Go For Gold buyers, taking home the three-year-old Ramiro B mare MBF Senorita, consigned by Brian and Meabh, for €26,000 (£21,879).

    Other notable lots included MBF Celtic Claddagh (Celtic Hero B Z x Radolin), winner of the 2021 Royal Dublin Society four-year-old championship, who was secured by British buyer Barrington Sport Horses for €49,000 (£41,234).

    The sale had a clearance rate of 87% with the average three-year-old price at €22,489 (£18,925) and the average four-year-old €30,538 (£25,698).

    “The Go For Gold Sale has long established itself as the leading source and showcase of Ireland’s finest young event horses,” added Martin and Mary.

    “The success of the sale is a team effort and there are many cogs in the wheel but the vendors keep on bringing their best horses forward for selection and ultimately it’s all about the horses on offer that keeps the Go For Gold Sale the source of champions.”

    2021 Goresbridge Go For Gold results

    Lot 3 Danos Lola (Carrera VDL x Cruising) €24,000
    Lot 5 Rahale Cougar (Cougar x Coevers Diamond Boy) €15,000
    Lot 6 RVS Cupid (Quidam Junior x Ricardo Z) €24,000
    Lot 7 Hashtag Verified (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Don Juan De La Bouverie) €15,000
    Lot 9 MBF Handyman (Ramiro B x Royaldik) €28,000
    Lot 11 EPA Elegance (Wido x Dow Jones Courcel) €40,000
    Lot 12 Rathnageera (MBF Colando x Diamond Valley Gold) €23,000
    Lot 14 Greenacres Pino (Pino x Cavalier Royale) €26,000
    Lot 15 MBF Major Lazer K (Emir R x Landsieger) €79,000
    Lot 16 Ballygriffin Crossfield Cara (O.B.O.S Quality x Highroller) €19,000
    Lot 17 SBT Solo (In Seclusion x Boherdeal Clover) €13,000
    Lot 18 Drombane Lord (Harlequin Du Carel x Kings Master) €34,000
    Lot 19 MBF Celtic Claddagh (Celtic Hero BZ x Radolin) €49,000
    Lot 20 Unnamed (Pointilliste x Master Imp) €13,000
    Lot 21 CFH Dakars Girl (Dakar VDL x Ars Vivendi) €15,000
    Lot 23 MBF Firebrand (Tyson x Coevers Diamond Boy) €32,000
    Lot 24 Unnamed (Hype x Master Imp) €26,000
    Lot 25 MBF Starburst (Sligo Candy Boy x Terimon) €82,000
    Lot 26 Clooncastle MBF (O.B.O.S Quality x Touchdown) €16,000
    Lot 27 Ballygriffin Odysseus (Ulysses M2S x Newmarket Venture) €18,000
    Lot 30 Flirtation (Je T’aime Flamenco x VDL Arkansas) €48,000
    Lot 31 Unnamed (Cobra 18 x Courage 11) €22,000
    Lot 32 Unnamed (Mr Lincoln B x Castlecomer Q) €10,000
    Lot 37 Unnamed (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Ramiro B) €38,000
    Lot 38 Unnamed (Olympic Lux x Diamond Imp Lad) €13,000
    Lot 39 Monbeg Django (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x unknown) €16,000
    Lot 40 MBF Huntstown Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Loughehoe Guy) €24,000
    Lot 41 Jagerbomb PH (Womanizer x Desir Du Chateau) €15,000
    Lot 42 MBF Corbeagh (Quidam Junior x Lux Z) €22,000
    Lot 43 Unnamed (Island Commander x Ramiro B) €18,000
    Lot 44 Kilderry Storm (Barley A Moment x Touchdown) €16,000
    Lot 45 Unnamed (Golden Master x Je T’aime Flamenco) €19,000
    Lot 46 Cushlas Stitchem (Vittorio x Apache D’adriers HN) €16,000
    Lot 47 Unnamed (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Darsi) €28,000
    Lot 49 Warrenstown U de Muse (Im Special De Muze x Verdi) €20,000
    Lot 50 Unnamed (Tullabeg Fusion x Aldatus Z) €18,000
    Lot 51 MBF Senorita (Ramiro B x Fines) €26,000
    Lot 52 MBF Dignified Duchess (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Master Imp) €32,000
    Lot 53 Ballygriffin Trendy (Ars Vivendi x Clover Brigade) €16,000
    Lot 55 Kilcannon Heat Wave (Tyson x Harlequin Du Carel) €16,000
    Lot 57 Sunhill Cobrio (Cobra 18 x Condios) €36,000
    Lot 58 Unnamed (Loughehoe Guy x Garrison Royale) €11,000
    Lot 59 Unnamed (Freestyle Van De Wolfsakker x Sparkling Clove) €27,000
    Lot 60 Handsome Boy (Hardwell x Cavalier) €20,000
    Lot 61 Unnamed (Lancelot x Cruising) €24,000
    Lot 62 NPS Lanzarote (NPS Campagne 11Z x Diabeau) €40,000
    Lot 63 Kilcandra Bonnie Ocestes (Orestus x Bonnie Prince) €12,500
    Lot 64 Unnamed (O.B.O.S Quality 004 x Cobra) €20,000
    Lot 65 MBF Capri Du Carel (Capri Van Overis Z x Harlequin Du Carel) €10,000
    Lot 66 Unnamed (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Luidam) €19,000
    Lot 67 Ballinglen Alainn (Financial Reward x Rebel Mountain) €18,000
    Lot 68 Monbeg Showtime (Tolan R x Womanizer) €23,500
    Lot 69 MBF Kingsriver Romeo (Womanizer x Sandro Hit) €18,000
    Lot 71 Poynstown Mason (Luidam x Chill Out) €14,000
    Lot 73 Outherard Errigal (Loughehoe Guy x Errigal Flight) €13,000
    Lot 74 Unnamed (Numero Cruise x Courage 11) €30,000
    Lot 75 Zwavo’s John (Unaniem x Roven) €15,000
    Lot 77 Boleybawn Fabien (Dignified Van’t Zorgvliet x Courage 11) € 28,000
    Lot 78 MBF Old Mel (Coonogues Hill x Mummys Luck) €13,000
    Lot 79 Curraghgraigue Q Hill )O.B.O.S Quality 004 x Cobra) €28,000
    Lot 80 MBF Late Night Views (Cormint x O.B.O.S Quality) €26,000
    Lot 81 Unnamed (Sligo Candy Boy x Newmarket Jewel) €17,000

    You might also be interested in:

    Horse & Hound magazine, out every Thursday, is packed with all the latest news and reports, as well as interviews, specials, nostalgia, vet and training advice. Find how you can enjoy the magazine delivered to your door every week, plus options to upgrade your subscription to access our online service that brings you breaking news and reports as well as other benefits. 

    You may like...