Paul Makin has become something of a larger-than-life figure on the European sales circuit, not least for his financial outlay on bloodstock but also for the manner of his bidding. Despite the fact that he operates through Grant and Tom Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock, Makin appears to love the theatrical nature of a packed sales ring and has been known to jump in with his own hair-raising opening bids well into seven figures.
The Australian owner/breeder, whose colours were first made famous by Starcraft and have been hoisted again this season by Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, will again play a leading role in the breeding stock sales of 2013, but this time as vendor rather than purchaser.
Goffs’ November Sale, which starts on November 18, has been chosen as the auction through which Makin’s Paulyn Ltd will disperse its entire bloodstock operation, including the aforementioned Classic heroine and July Cup winner Fleeting Spirit, who is to be sold in foal to Galileo. Her two fillies by Galileo, now a foal and a yearling, will also be offered for sale in a draft which includes a weanling full-sister to last year’s most expensive yearling Hydrogen (by Galileo), the pair being three-parts-siblings to Derby winner Authorized. Their dam Funsie is also for sale, though her yearling colt, also by Galileo, is being offered in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.
Song, for whom Makin paid 1.7 million gns in 2009, also features in the draft. The seven-year-old full-sister to Yesterday and Quarter Moon will be sold in foal to Frankel. In total, 25 broodmares, foals, yearlings and horses in training will be offered through The Castlebridge Consignment.
Commenting on the forthcoming dispersal, Goffs’ Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: “Rarely is such a superior collection of horses offered for sale at public auction. It is a privilege and an honour to be appointed as the Auction House of choice for The Paulyn Dispersal and we are absolutely thrilled that Paul Makin has put his faith in the Goffs team and our unrivalled promotion and customer care.
“I often repeat the message that top class horses stand out at Goffs and when given the horses we deliver all the major international buyers. We have proven this time and again, most recently with Banimpire, and we are confident that this year’s Goffs November Sale will be another excellent example. We have already received a host of high class entries for the sale, and now with the exceptional Paulyn Dispersal as the jewel in the crown, it truly is a mouth-watering prospect.”
Outlining the reason for dispersing his stock through Goffs in Ireland, Makin added: “All of the Paulyn breeding stock is already in Ireland and by the time of the Sale all of our racing horses, some as yet unraced as two-year olds, will be on farms in Ireland, our Consignor is Irish and the Irish Government need a boost. I love Ireland and I hope this dispersal, without reserves, will encourage other vendors to come along for the ride. We will make money and it should be good fun!”