New Approach filly leads Day 2 at Goffs Orby Sale

Darley sire New Approach remains one of the finest graduates of the Goffs Orby Sale so it was fitting he topped Day 2 this year with a filly that made 350,000 euros.

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estates bought the New Approach filly from the Castlebridge consignment.  The chestnut is a half-sister to last month’s G3 Desmond Stakes winner Future Generation (Hurricane Run).

“She was one of the highlights,” Shadwell’s Stephen Collins explained.  “She’s an outstanding yearling with a good update and by a very exciting stallion.  We were delighted to get her.”

Sheikh Hamdan’s operation also paid 340,000 euros for a filly by Claiborne Farm sire Arch.  She is a sister to 2005 G1 Gulfstream Park Hcp winner Prince Arch.

A Galileo – Altitude (Green Desert) filly was sold to Sir Robert Ogden for 300,000 euros.  The dam is a half-sister to the G1 duo of Alborada and Albanova.

Sir Robert’s racing manager Barry Simpson said the price was at their limit.  “She’s a really good filly from an outstanding pedigree,” Simpson said.  “She is a filly we liked a lot from the moment we saw her.”

The Goffs Sale has failed to match last year’s figures without a 950,000 euros benchmark like the Dubawi filly that Sheikh Mohammed bought twelve month ago.

The average of 61,544 euros is down by 6% while the clearance rate is just over 80%.