Sales Reports

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.

Breeze Up Sales 2010 Lot 101
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.'

Comparative Figures

 OfferedSoldAggregate (£)Average (£)Median (£)
2009 134 112 2,724,600 24,326 18,000
2010 161 122 (76%) 3,247,300 (+19%) 26,617 (+9.4%) 19,750 (+10%)

Click here to view the results


  • Autumn Sales Catalogue Now Online

    The catalogue for DBS’ final sale of 2014, the Autumn Sales (4-5 November) is now available to view online. The catalogue features 385 entries consisting of 240 Horses-in-Training, which will be offered on 4 November, and 146 yearlings which will be offered the following day on 5 November.  The Horses-in-Training session is headed by the Bryan Smart trained Moviesta, Lot 154, a four time winner including the Group 2 King George Stakes who ran fourth in this season’s Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes before finishing third in the Group 1 Prix de ’Abbaye de Longchamp on Arc Day. The four-year-old has a BHA Flat Rating of 112. Other entries include: Heronry, 42, a three time winner who has won or placed in all three of his last starts, earning him a BHA Hurdle Rating of 136. Allez Encore, 49, who won a Bumper at her last start and is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Lord Who. It’s All an Act, 58, a son of Presenting and a Bumper, Chase and last start Hurdle winner at Punchestown and the Stakes winner Hawkhill, 67, who also won a Hurdle on his last start. Out Now, 59, a four time winner who ran second in the Grade 1 Irish Grand National and Grade 1 Leopardstown Chase who has a BHA Steeple Rating of 135. Kilgefin Star, 76, a winner of two of his seven Hurdle starts, with a further four placings, with a BHA Hurdle Rating of 128.  Gabrial's Kaka, 85, a four time winner with a Class 2 victory this season and a BHA Flat Rating of 102.Nashville, 86, a four time winning son of Galileo who won at Ayr two starts ago at a distance of just over two miles. Kafeel, 102, a two time winner from only six career starts with a BHA Flat Rating of 87. Altruism, 108, broke his maiden on his second start and attained a BHA Flat Rating of 93 on his third and most recent appearance. Italian, 116, by Pivotal and a winner of two of his four starts with a BHA Flat Rating of 94 and Timoneer, 168, winner of one of his four starts who was Stakes placed two starts ago with a BHA Flat Rating of 98. Johnno, 124, a five time winner with two wins this season and a BHA Flat Rating of 93. Dolphin Village, 120, a winner of five, with two victories coming in 2014, with a BHA Flat Rating of 85.Winning two-year-olds She's A Worldie, 156, and Krazy Paving, 220, who won at Windsor on his last start at just his third appearance.Midterm Break, 158, a winner of three of his seven races including his most recent start, for almost £100,000 in earnings and a BHA Flat Rating of 92. The yearling session offers buyers their last opportunity to secure a DBS yearling for the track or the Breeze Up Sales in 2015 and judging by the results DBS yearlings have achieved this season, and the quality of sires with horses in this sale, this presents an attractive opportunity.  Headline DBS yearling graduates for 2014 include Group 1 winners Tiggy Wiggy, Sole Power, Olympic Glory, Move in Time, Slade Power as well as Group 2 winning two-year-olds Estidhkaar, Beacon, Kool Kompany, Baitha Alga and the unbeaten rising star and Stakes winning two-year-old Limato.  Sires with yearlings in the Autumn Sales include Acclamation, Arcano, Big Bad Bob, Champs Elysees, Dark Angel, Dream Ahead, Dutch Art, Equiano, Kheleyf, Kodiac, Kyllachy, Lilbourne Lad, Mastercraftsman, Paco Boy, Pivotal, Showcasing, Vale of York etc.  To view the catalogue online, click here.  Supplementary entries will be accepted up until the time of sale and can be made by contacting DBS on +44 (0)1450 372222 or emailing 

    Latest News: Read More
  • Final Autumn Sales Entries Due Now
  • 2YO Stakes Double for GoffsDBS