Strong trade from start to finish at the DBS Premier Sales
The DBS Premier Yearling Sales finished on a high, with a strong trade throughout the two days returning a set of figures that mirrored those of 2009. The average at £26,826, which was 3% higher than the same figure last year, whilst the aggregate was less than 1% away from that of last year at £9,577,000. The median was the same as 2009 at £20,000.
Seven horses made over £100,000, with three horses topping the honours at £120,000. These included an own sister to the Listed placed Mister Hardy, who received a notable pedigree update when her half sister Wootton Bassett won the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at York. He has been touted by his trainer as a future Group winner and holds an entry in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, which caught the attention of Dwayne Woods who was bidding on behalf of Eddie Stobart CEO Andrew Tinkler and plans to have the filly in training with Bryan Smart.
Sir Robert Ogden was active throughout the sale and his spending included a son of Le Vie Dei Colori who was also bought for £120,000. Offered by Rathbarry Stud, the colt is out of a half sister to the Group 3 winning Eastern Purple. Hawthorn Villa Stud had an extremely successful sale and their Elusive City colt was the third horse to fetch £120,000 when bought also bought by Ogden, whilst his spending also included a son of Oratorio who was offered by Manister House Stud and was bought for £110,000. Ogden also purchased a Kodiac colt from Llyn Lodge Stud for £105,000.
Two Lots made £105,000 including an Elusive Quality half brother to the Grade 1 winning Careless Jewel who was bought by Hugo Merry for £105,000. Offered by Grove Stud, he was another to catch the attention of Dwayne Woods before Merry made the final bid. Highclere Stud offered a daughter of Oasis Dream from the Group 1 winning family of Lemon Souffle who was knocked down to David Redvers for the same final figure.
Demi O’Byrne has been absent from the DBS buyers sheet for a number of years and his spending included a easy moving son of Dylan Thomas who was offered by Newsells Park Stud. A half brother to Bunbury Cup winner St Moritz, the colt caught the attention of Gill Richardson and Adrian Nicholl before the hammer came down in favour of the Coolmore representative at £90,000.
Following the conclusion of the sale, DBS Managing Director Henry Beeby said:
‘Whatever the figures say and whatever the background to this sale, the general consensus is that the 2010 DBS Premier Yearling Sales has been a resounding success.
There has been a real buzz around the whole complex from Saturday onwards as a huge crowd of potential purchasers converged on Doncaster, driven to us by the spectacular season on the track by recent years graduates such as Canford Cliffs, Strong Suit and Sole Power to name just three. Our vendors have worked with us to produce a catalogue of consistently racy, commercial individuals and we resisted the temptation to fill up to the 500 maximum when it became clear that some likely candidates needed some extra time following the very hard winter. That policy has certainly paid off and we have enjoyed a vibrant trade of great depth with a large and varied cast of bidders competing for yearlings that we have again selected on a “conformation first – everything else second” basis. That is what buyers expect at Doncaster and it has been most gratifying to receive so many positive comments from such a diverse group of people in this connection.
With a set of figures that have virtually mirrored last year we have to be happy and look forward to following this years graduates next season.
The date of the sale has provoked some debate and the knee jerk reaction is not to tinker with an established and successful format. However there may be scope to look at a slightly later date although we are unlikely to revert to Leger week as that presents the conundrum of a two (if not three) tiered sale over four days rather than two with selling before and after racing and some buyers, especially trainers, pulled in different directions before we even contemplate the impact of Keeneland’s September Sale. This is a decision that would have to be taken with a long term view of the calendar and we will look at it over the coming weeks.
For now though we can look back on a very satisfactory sale supported almost exclusively by British and Irish buyers. That factor alone must be cause for some degree of satisfaction and hope following such a torrid time for the industry.’
Total sale Comparative Figures