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.’