Sales Reports

Increased figures from a Festival favourite


The festival atmosphere witnessed during Ladies Day at the St Leger Festival at Doncaster racecourse spilled in to the sales ring at DBS when a varied selection of domestic and foreign racegoers gathered to create a unique selling experience that saw a 33% rise in median to £8,000 and a 30% rise in average at £10,644. The aggregate was reduced from last year’s figure at £649,300 but 55 fewer horses were offered in 2010.

It was a case of saving the best until last when the final Lot catalogued to go through the ring topped proceedings after selling to Peter Doyle Bloodstock for £65,000. The Royal Applause filly was offered by Wheelersland Stud and is a half sister to the Group 1 winning Kyllachy and attracted interest from Ed Sackville, David Armstong and Bobby O’Ryan before Doyle made the final bid with owners Chris and Julie Wood.

Monsieur Bond has had a fantastic few weeks on the racecourse and this fact was not lost on purchasers with a colt topping proceedings when selling to Bryan Smart, who also trained the sire, for £44,000. The colt was consigned by Jamie Railton and is an own brother to Move In Time, who was a winner this year for the Hambleton trainer and finished third in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

Bobby O’Ryan was active throughout the sale and his spending was topped by a Cockney Rebel colt that was offered by The National Stud and was bought for £32,000. He also bought a Kheleyf colt that was offered by Harefield Lodge Stud for £28,000.

Following the conclusion of the sale, DBS managing Director Henry Beeby said:

It is never easy for an Auction House to take the decision to cut a sale in terms of numbers as that inevitably means a lower turnover and that is what pays us. However we feel vindicated on this occasion as, although the turnover is down as predicted, contracting the sale to one good evening has resulted in a sale of (relative) strength, an average that has improved by 30% on last year and a median price that has leapt by a third together with a very respectable clearance rate. In the current climate average and median statistics of that nature are a real achievement and we are content that both the Premier Sales two weeks ago and tonight have provided cause for some optimism as the autumn sales season swings into overdrive.  Indeed we feel this sale has a proper role to play and have been heartened by the depth of the trade over the 3 hours selling to the extent that we anticipate building on these results next year.

I must comment on the final lot of the day which was a most satisfactory result as we have offered the vast majority of Pretty Poppy’s offspring including the brilliantly fast Kyllachy for Mrs. Wright who has been a stalwart supporter of DBS. For Pretty Poppy’s final foal to top a DBS sale at a price way in excess of last years sales topper was really quite fitting and we thank her breeder for her consistent support of DBS.

For the time being the DBS team can pass the mantle to Goffs and I can’t wait for the end of the month as I am genuinely excited by the catalogue we have compiled for the Orby Sale.’

Comparative Figures

  Offered Sold Aggregate (£) Average (£) Median (£)
2009 146 102 836,200 8,198 6,000
2010 91 61 649,300 10,644 (+30%) 8,000 (+33%)

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    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 

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