Figures increase across the board at DBS Breeze Up Sales
The DBS Breeze-Up Sales was moved to a new date in 2010 that appeared to benefit both vendors and purchasers with the sale returning an average that had increased by 9.5% to £26,617 and a median that was up by 10% to £19,750. In addition, the turnover had increased to £3,247,300 and five horses sold for six figure prices, compared to just one in 2009.
Malih Al. Basti bought the top Lot at the DBS Breeze-Up Sales last year when paying £190,000 for Angel's Pursuit before he went on to finish second in the Group 2 Duty Free Stakes for Richard Hannon and he struck again when paying £140,000 for Lot 125. Consigned by Bansha House Stables, the son of Dubawi is out of a Listed placed mare and did a spectacular Breeze at Doncaster Racecourse on Tuesday morning prompting plenty of interest in the March born colt before he came under the hammer. Richard Brown, Anthony Stroud and Charles Wentworth were all bidding on the colt but none could match the final bid made by Adam Driver, who was taking telephone bids from Al. Basti in Dubai. The colt cost Con Marnane just £25,000 at the DBS St Leger Yearling Sales and returned a spectacular pinhook for the leading vendor, who also sold an Oasis Dream filly to Charles Wentworth for £110,000. She was another that was bought by Marnane at the DBS St Leger Yearling Sales, this time costing £15,000 and will go in to training with John Wainwright, who hopes to aim her at the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. Bansha House Stables also sold an Invincible Spirit filly to Bobby O'Ryan for £90,000.
Mocklershill sold an Officer colt to Dwayne Woods for £135,000
Leading vendor Mocklershill was responsible for the second highest price of the day when a son of Officer sold to Dwayne Woods for £135,000. The May born colt came from a good American family and was another who posted a fast breeze on Tuesday morning and he will now go in to training with Michael Dods after he was bought on behalf of Eddie Stobart CEO Andrew Tinkler.
Gaybrook Lodge Stud was another who sold a six figure Lot when their Speightstown colt sold to Peter Swann, who was standing with Antony Stroud, Matt Coleman and James Given, for £125,000. The grey colt is out of a stakes placed mare and cost Jim McCarten just $18,000 at the Keeneland September Sales 2009.
A Henny Hughes colt offered by Grove Stud was another to sell for six figures when bought by Jill Lamb for £110,000. The same vendor also sold a Giant's Causeway filly to McKeever Bloodstock for £75,000.
Following the conclusion of the sale, DBA Managing Director Henry Beeby said:
'As if the bloodstock industry hasn't had enough to deal with in recent times the Icelandic volcano issue just seemed to cap it all! However we are perfectly satisfied with today's trade which has seen some lively bidding duels particularly for the better lots. This was especially evident at the top end where we sold 5 six figure breezers as opposed to just one last year. Whilst we recognise that we still have some way to go to return to the strength of the market that was in evidence pre autumn 2008 we have been delighted to see a number of serious pinhooking touches to reward these intrepid speculators.
It would be fair to say that the lower end of the market has missed some of the overseas buyers who have enjoyed such success at this sale but that is entirely due to the flight restrictions as we had made a large number of bookings following our promotional efforts across Europe. We had also spent time in the Far East and expected some Japanese buyers to return to Doncaster but, again, they could not fly. We will continue with this work in 2011 when one would hope to be unencumbered by volcanoes or the like!
It is therefore a tribute to the appeal of the DBS Breeze-Up that we have been able to return such a good trade with an average and median that have risen by 9.4% and 10% respectively. We must thank our loyal band of vendors who have, yet again, helped us produce a catalogue of real depth and quality whilst both the Breeze-Up and Yearling Bonus Schemes have contributed in a most positive way.
We also salute the Doncaster Racecourse Executive who worked tirelessly to produce excellent ground for the breeze-up yesterday as this has so often been an issue in the past. The later date allowed the ground that crucial extra time following the winter and we felt that was a clincher when we were forced to move to avoid a clash with Easter. We will review the pros and cons of the two dates for 2011 before deciding on a date for next year but a sale that returns improved figures in this climate makes its own compelling case.
For now we leave this sale as we did the DBS Sales that coincided with 9/11 and the Foot and Mouth outbreak. That is with a degree of relief and satisfaction as we have again defied the odds and held a sale of some success despite the world wide backdrop.'
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