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Goffs Orby Catalogue Cut Back

Wednesday, 15th August 2012

Ireland's Goffs Orby Sale (October 3-4) will have less yearlings to choose from in 2012 after a significant drop in numbers from 2011. This year's sale will include 400 Irish-bred yearlings versus last year's 675-strong catalogue. The 40% cut is reported to be aimed at improving quality over quantity. According to bloodhorse.com, Goffs chief executive Henry Beeby said, "Following last year's renewal we took a long look at our Orby Sale, which has resulted in a different approach this year. The consensus was that, as Ireland's premier yearling sale, the Orby should represent all that is best about Irish bloodstock, and we made the decision to cut numbers and offer a concise handpicked selection of yearlings over two days, thereby ensuring a consistently high standard from start to finish." Beeby is confident from personal inspections that breeders have met the brief, noting: "I can vouch that this is one of the best [catalogues] in terms of pedigree and individuals that we have produced."

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