An array of eventing’s best known riders gathered at the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale in Co Wexford last week, where they witnessed a son of Newmarket Venture head the evening’s trade at a glittering €130,000.

Beautifully produced by his vendor Sophie Richards, the five-year-old easily fulfilled his pre-sale favouritism, while others impressed to deliver a glut of notable returns. Prices remained solid throughout the night, although the clearance rate of 60% (77% in 2016) was disappointingly lower than expected.