World Number One Oliver Townend purchased the top lot at this year’s Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale, with 11 horses selling for €30,000 or more.
The highest selling horse was MBF Ramiro (lot 41), a three-year-old gelding purchased by Townend for €41,000. By the proven sire of event horses Ramiro B, this gelding has a top performance pedigree on both sides of the family. The dam, Cavalier Roselier, was ridden to CCI3* level by Elizabeth Power with the pair representing Ireland at the Young Horse Championships at Le Lion. The gelding is half-brother to Azure (competing at CCI3* with Elizabeth power and competed at Le Lion World Breeding Championships this year)
Out of the top 11 selling horses, only one was a mare – with only three mares going forward to the auction. This was Shanbo Super Flex (Lot 7), described as a careful blood mare with a goof temperament and high-level potential. This five-year-old’s damline produced Shanbo Sky Fall, who is ridden by Sarah Ennis.
Once again, the Go For Gold Sale drew international buyers with Here and Now (Lot 3) being the most expensive horse from the sale being sold to the USA. The five-year-old Chestnut gelding was purchased for €38,000 and is by Harlequin Du Carel out of Coolen Lady. In total five graduates from the sale will be heading stateside.
Three graduates will be heading to the Eventing powerhouse of German. Michael Jung has become a familiar figure at the sales, and came away having purchased two young superstar horses – Saddlers Clove Storm and Kilmurry Gale. The Damline of Saddlers Clover Storm, who was out of Rathduff Storm, has procuded a string of eventing pedigree including Billy Bandit whilst also from the Damline is Billy Dorito who competes at 1.55m in Show Jumping. An athletic gelding, with the blood, scope and ability to make a top-level event horse. Carrying 80% thoroughbred blood, he hails from an exceptional performance family. Kilmurry Gale, a three-year-old Bay gelding, is by a good thoroughbred sire of event horses carrying 82% thoroughbred blood.
The Kevin Babington Fund benefited from the sale of Lot 35a, an unnamed Emerald foal, which fetched €30,000. Ballypatrick Stables and Greg Broderick’s generous donation was a late entry, with the foal being sold to raise funds for the Irish show jumper who suffered a catastrophic fall from Shorapur when competing in the US in August.