Sales Reports

Highest priced NH Horse for 10th consecutive year at Spring HIT Sales

18/05/2010

Trade picked up on the second day of the Spring HIT Sales when DBS sold the highest priced National Hunt Horse for the tenth consecutive year and 238 horses sold for a total of £3,951,500 at an average of £16,449, an increase of 15% from last year. The sale also posted a median of £7,900, which was an increase of 13% from 2009.

Trade picked up on the second day of the Spring HIT Sales when DBS sold the highest priced National Hunt Horse for the tenth consecutive year and 238 horses sold for a total of £3,951,500 at an average of £16,449, an increase of 15% from last year. The sale also posted a median of £7,900, which was an increase of 13% from 2009.

Go All The Way was second in a competitive Bumper on his debut at the Punchestown Festival in April and the son of Milan was always thought to be popular before he came under the hammer and sold for £310,000 to trainer Philip Hobbs, buying for Sizing Europe's owner Alan Potts.

The five-year-old was trained by John Kiely for Brian Gleeson's wife Claire and Anthony Bromley kicked off the bidding at £100,000 before George Stanners joined in £10,000 later on behalf of a telephone client but the pair soon dropped out as the final exchanges were fought out by Hobbs, speaking to Potts by phone, and the eventual underbidder Tom Malone.

'He was unlucky not to win his bumper and will hopefully go on to better things. Alan had a horse (Cavite Beta) who ran in the same race when Katie Walsh lost her irons so he knew the form,' said Hobbs. 'He's a lovely strong horse and I haven't thought about what route we'll take with him. We'll probably stay over hurdles but he's still a maiden so could try and win a bumper.'

Spring HIT Sales 2010 Lot 370
Go All The Way sold to Philip Hobbs for £310,000


Eddie Hales' Drommona House Stables offered two sons of Black Sam Bellamy who had some smart Bumper form including Samain, who sold to Mags O'Toole for £165,000 with Gerry Hogan playing the role of underbidder. The four year old German bred was a close second on his debut at Fairyhouse and came from the same consignment as Spanish Treasure, who was a winner on his debut at the Punchestown Festival and sold to Aiden Murphy, acting for owner Martin Tedham and trainer Andy Turnell, for £105,000.

Champion Court formed part of the Supplementary Catalogue after winning his Bumper at Kilbeggan and was another to sell for six figures when knocked down to Gerry Hogan for £130,000. The five year old son of Court Cave was offered by Stonefield and has been bought for an existing client.

Morgan's Bay was always likely to be popular after finishing a close second in a competitive Bumper at Aintree on his racecourse debut and he did not disappoint when selling to John Edwards for £100,000. The five year old son of Karinga Bay is out of a half sister to the high class Dawson City and is sure to have an exciting future over hurdles whilst Mediolanum, who also formed part of the Supplementary Catalogue, sold to Gearoid Costelloe for £100,000. The son of Milan is out of a half sister to the Grade 2 winning Cane Brake and was the impressive winner of a Bumper at Killarney on his racecourse debut, prompting bids from Aidan Murphy and others before the hammer came down in favour of the Irish born trainer and his partner, Rebecca Curtis.

Spring HIT Sales 2010 Lot 232
Mediolanum sold to Gearoid Costelloe for £100,00


Tim Vaughan was busy on both days of the sale and his spending was topped by Ballyrock, who cost the Welsh handler £85,000. The four year old son of Milan is a half brother to the Grade 2 winning Telenor and was the impressive ten length winner of a Point to Point at Sligo since publication of the catalogue.

The late John Mulhern was responsible for Puyol, who sold to Bobby O'Ryan for £80,000. He won the Grade 2 MCR Hurdle at Leopardstown for his former trainer and will now embark on a Novice Chase campaign with Lisa Williamson and run in the same colours carried to success by Amberleigh House in the Aintree Grand National.

Andrew Parker had to go to £75,000 to secure Rudemeister, who won a Maiden Point to Point at Necarne by six lengths. The four year old was a close third on his debut at Dromahane and is sure to have an exciting future under NH rules.

Following the conclusion of the sale, DBS Managaing Director Henru Beeby commented:

'The world's highest priced National Hunt horse for the 10th successive year is a fitting epitaph to the 2010 DBS Spring HIT Sales and confirms the sale's status as the premier National Hunt Sale of the year.

A top price of £310,000 graphically illustrates the enduring appeal of this sale and the consistently high class service we continue to provide year after year to the National Hunt fraternity. A rise in turnover, average and median is gratifying although we naturally take the point that the market is more selective than it was three or four years ago. That is reflected in the slight fall in clearance rate but it is fair to say that there has never been a better time to buy as the market is providing some tremendous value and real opportunities.

The buyers list has read like a Who's Who of the National Hunt fraternity over the two days and we wish every one of them all the best with their latest DBS purchase whilst thanking our loyal vendors for their ongoing support. I must make mention again of the Million In Mind draft which we are privileged to sell each year. By their own lofty standards this may not have been a vintage sale for them but their draft still commanded huge interest and is a highlight of each DBS year.

We have an excellent catalogue of NH Stores on Wednesday and Thursday next week and look forward to welcoming another large crowd to the DBS Sales Complex in their quest for the next top class jumper.'


Comparative Figures

 OfferedSoldAggregate (£)Average (£)Median (£)
2009 362 271 3,882,850 14,327 7,000
2010 351 238 (68%) 3,951,500 (+2%) 16,449 (+15%) 7,900 (+13%)



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