"I thought she was the best physical among the fillies here today," said Doyle. "She has a lovely relaxed way of going - she's very well balanced. She's strong but also attractive."
"Maskaya herself is about 15.3 hands high," said Brosnan, "so for her past covers, we've looked at bigger stallions. California is by Azamour and we looked at Born To Sea to again get a bit of size. It's a great result for him."She also has a So You Think foal that is a big, strong type."We bought the mare at Keeneland 12 years ago [for $230,000] as a filly out of training. She had won over here and shown good form, and had then been sold to race in America. It's a great Ballylinch family and there aren't many fillies that come up for sale out of it."
"It's a good family and he was just a lovely horse," said Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. "He's very well balanced, particularly correct with a lot of quality about him. I saw him on several occasions and liked him better each time, which is unusual for me."
"He looks a fast type and Invincible Spirit has had another phenomenal season," said Michael Wallace, who signed the ticket. "He looks to have a good temperament - we've seen him all week and he's handled everything without fuss."There are some lovely horses here - we've missed out on a few but are very pleased with what we have got."
"He's for an existing Hong Kong owner to go to James Fanshawe," said Roberts. "He's a big, strong, lovely horse."
"He was by some way the best colt in the sale," said David Redvers. "He ticked all the boxes."Joe Foley, representing Parkin, added: "He has a look of eagles. He was one of the real standouts and looks a stallion prospect - he's all class, all Galileo and if there was ever a stallion prospect, it's him."
"Pedigree - what else can you say?" said Craig. "I hoped we wouldn't have to go so far but It's very hard to buy into these types of families. She's a great model and an outcross, so we can breed her back to speed - Danzig."Considering the age of the mare , she's a strong, robust filly. We'll get her home and give her some time."
"Fawzi and I came over to Ireland about three weeks ago to look at yearlings and we saw her then," said St. Lawrence. "I'm not sure yet who will train her but long term, she's a filly who will be a good addition to the stud."The dam was just beaten in the Queen Mary so you'd hope that this filly will be a two-year-old of some description. I hoped to pay a little less but when something comes in with a bit of pedigree, you've got to put your head down - I followed in the Raven's Pass and didn't get a look in."
“Not one, not two or three but four millionaires! Never before have we sold four seven figure lots at a Goffs yearling sale nor three in a single day so we are naturally elated to have catalogued this quartet of truly illustrious yearlings and send our heartfelt thanks to Pat O’Kelly, Noel O’Callaghan, the Hanbury’s Triermore Stud and Kirsten Rausing for entrusting us with their best yearlings. As we have always said we cannot do anything without the support of leading Irish breeders and we are delighted to have repaid their confidence in our service by returning such good results.
"Our sales toppers have been the highlight of a trade that has been exceptional for the best bred lots with sometimes frenzied bidding for those that stood out. That the four top lots have been bought by four different people clearly illustrates the depth of buyers for the best lots at Goffs and it is surely a most healthy sign that the sale is not reliant on any one group. It is fair to say, however, that the sale was not been as strong at all levels and, if you fell short of some very high standards, it was hard work in places. That is clearly shown by the dip in average and median and the fact that the clearance rate is a point shy of last year, albeit at a very respectable 86%.
"However the bare year on year statistics really don’t tell the whole story as so many buyers have commented on a strong trade and a large number of vendors have enjoyed some really good results. The fact is that a deeper analysis of Orby shows a sale that has grown by 41% in just 2 years so we have essentially consolidated those gains and the sale remains a firm favourite with vendors and purchasers alike whilst, very significantly, we are attracting an increasing number of the very best as demonstrated by the million euro lots.
"This year we have welcomed increased numbers of overseas buyers following a number of international trips and with the assistance of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. Our feedback is that they ave enjoyed their trip and been impressed with what they found which should see them return to Goffs on a regular basis which can only be a positive for the long term.
"For now we again extend our thanks to every vendor for their support and we wish each buyer the very best of luck with their Orby yearlings, safe in the knowledge that they have again bought at a source of consistent top class success”.