Sales Reports

Findlay/Barber fireworks at August Sales


The DBS August Sales returned a solid trade from start to finish and produced a set of figures that showed increases across the board, with the average up by 15% to £9,938 and the aggregate increasing by 7% to £2,341,950. The median stayed the same at £4,000 and the sale produced a respectable clearance rate of 65%.

Alfie Sherrin was the star of the two day sale when offered as part of a dispersal belonging to Harry Findlay and Paul Barber and selling to DBS representative Michael White for £110,000. The seven-year-old's trainer Paul Nicholls tried hard to retain the exciting novice chase prospect but ended up as underbidder before Michael White signed the docket on behalf of trainer Jonjo O'Neill.

The Jackdaws Castle handler was not at the sale but, speaking by telephone, said: ‘He looks the part and I'd imagine he'll be going over fences. He's been bought by an existing owner in the yard and I'd say his price was a sign of the times, it's plenty of money but a bit more realistic.’

Nicholls signed for five of the draft headed by Aiteen Thirtythree at £90,000, while trainer Kim Bailey, acting through agent Aiden Murphy, spent £75,000 on Tobeluckyenough, who was trained by Liam Burke for Findlay and Barber to win a Point-to-Point in March.

Gurtacrue was offered by Mr Donal Coffrey after winning a Bumper at Listowel and winning two Point-to-Point’s and the five year old will now be trained in South Wales after selling to trainer Evan Williams for £95,000. The son of Deploy attracted interest from many admirers, including Harvey Smith, but the final exchanges were made between Williams and Colin Tizzard, who was taking instruction by telephone and standing with Tom Malone. Call Me Bill was another who was offered after winning his Bumper at the son of Brian Boru was bought for a new owner in the Peter Bowen yard for £60,000.

The Darley draft is always popular at DBS and was topped by Wadnaan, who was bought by Ferdy Murphy for £54,000. The three year old son of Shamardal was a ten length winner at Beverley since publication of the catalogue and will begin a career over hurdles for his new handler.

The selection of NH Breedingstock was topped by Listed winning Moscow Society mare Oligarch Society. She is a half sister to the Grade 2 winning Shirley Casper and was offered in foal to Presenting and knocked down to Bobby O’Ryan for £56,000.Jethro Bloodstock offered a number of well bred National Hunt Yearlings that was topped by a Flemensfirth filly who was bought by Swanbridge Bloodstock and will be offered for sale as a three year old. She is out of a Grade 1 winning mare and is a half sister to the Grade 2 winning Rimsky and will make a tremendous broodmare when her racing career is over.

DBS Managing Director, Henry Beeby said after the sale:

‘The August Sales have long been one of the real successes of DBS and the last two days have certainly underlined that idea returning a vibrant trade from a large and diverse crowd.

Naturally the highlight of the sale was the Barber/Findlay dispersal and we are delighted that they chose DBS to sell their horses. That such an established and successful team gave us such a public vote of confidence is a real vindication of the service and consistency for which we are renowned whilst, of course, we were pleased to return good results on their behalf.

The atmosphere of yesterday flowed over to today and the two days have returned a set of improved figures that demonstrate the resilience of the market following such a traumatic time for the industry. We now look forward to our renamed Premier Yearling Sales with cautious optimism as our graduates have performed so well on the track – think Canford Cliffs, Strong Suit etc – and the catalogue reads as well as ever.’



Complete Sale Comparative Figures

  Offered Sold Aggregate (£) Average (£) Median (£)








262 (65%)

2,341,950 (+7%)

8,938 (+15%)


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