2018 marked the ninth Goresbridge Go for Gold sale, and since its inception it has become Ireland’s Leading Select Event Horse Sale
Horses sold through the sale have gone on to reach the top of the sport. Cooley SRS, ridden by Oliver Townend, flew the flag when placed runner-up at Badminton, while the American based Copper Beach followed his CIC3* success in Plantation Fields with four-star completions at Pau and Rolex (2018). November Night, ridden by Ciaran Glynn, was clear at both Badminton and Burghley this year, whilst MBF Harley Rebel headed a massive entry to win the CCI1* at Osberton, and crowd favourite Sam Salad was crowned small event horse champion at the RDS.
Horses for the sale were selected by an expert panal, headed up by Sally Parkyn, Clare Ryan and Chris Ryan, joined by British four-star event rider Nicky Roncoroni and Bridget Speirs, mother of Ireland’s Olympian, both of whom well known as astute spotters of talent,
The highest selling lot of the sales was an unnamed three-year-old for €59,000, purchased by British young rider Sam Ecroyd. Combining the proven bloodlines of OBOS Quality and the top event thoroughbred sire Ghareeb, this is a scopey, athletic gelding with a big jump. He is a half-brother to the American based event horse SRS Picasso who is successfully competing at One Star.
Three-years-olds proved in demand as the formidable bidding partnership of Richard Sheane and Oliver Townend got the division underway in fine style. The pair paid €45,000 for Kilnamac Croga. This dark grey gelding sold by C.S Stables is well-related, he is by Courage II and his dam is a full sister to Electric Cruise.
Selling for €46,000 was FMSH Highway, also a three-year-old gelding. Purchased by the Isle of Man based trusted Accounts Ltd, this potential eventer hails from a traditional pedigree which features the sires Diamond Lad, Golden Bash and Carnival Night.
Boleybawn Freedom was one of three lots to make €40,000 with the six-year-old being purchased by Cathal Daniels. This highly rated gelding has been slowly produced and he won his only EI eventing appearance at Grove (EI 90) and also headed the Master Class for five-year-olds at the Kilguilkey International Horse Trials.