Sales Reports

Pleasing finish to DBS November HIT Sales


The DBS November HIT Sales concluded with a pleasing final session that helped to produce a final set of figures for the Horses on Training that finished with an average that had increased by 27% to £7,148, a median that was up by 48% to £4,000 and an aggregate that had increased by 13% to £1,679,900. This was matched by a clearance rate of 71%.

Donald McCain has enjoyed considerable success with graduates of the DBS November HIT Sales where his purchases include last year’s sale topper Overturn, who went on to win the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr and the Galway Hurdle and he came back to the source of success when buying the two dearest priced horses on the first day of the sale. Consigned by Currabeg Stables on behalf of the Aga Khan Studs, who are major shareholders in the Goffs/DBS group, the McCain spending included £120,000 for the three year old EBANOUR, who came to the sale unraced but was highly recommended by his trainer. The son of Indian Ridge is out of a Group 1 winning mare and is a half brother to the Grade 1 winning EBAZIYAN and likely to race for Tim Leslie along with EMRANI, who was bought for £80,000 after winning three races including a competitive handicap over two miles at Down Royal.

Howard Johnson’s White Lea Stables consigned Algol (renamed Dim Sum) to this sale in 2006 when he sold to Kern/Lillingston for 100,000gns before winning the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint prize in Hong Kong and this fact was not lost on purchasers who fought to secure another offering from the Johnson’s County Durham stable. EARL WIND arrived at the sale having won two races in the colours of WMG Black and attracted interest from Bobby O’Ryan and Linda Tate before the hammer came down in favour of the later at £60,000 for a client from Hong Kong.

There was no shortage of horses on offer with a future on the Flat and David Simcock, who enjoyed his best ever season with the DBS Group 1 winning graduate DREAM AHEAD in 2010, topped his spending when buying LORD OF THE STARS from the Mogeely Stud draft for £52,000. The two year old son of Speightstown had won twice for trainer Ralph Beckett whilst the draft from Henry Candy’s Kingstone Warren Stables was topped by the four year old NORTH CAPE, who was bought by Alastair Lidderdale for £47,000.

Horses showing a good level of National Hunt form included CHEATINGSIDEOFTOWN, who was the impressive eight length winner of a Bumper at Market Rasen. The four year old Flemensfirth half brother to the Grade 2 winning KAHUNA attracted the interests of Kim Bailey and Tessa Greatrex before the final bid was made by the Highflyer Bloodstock representative at £32,000.

Following the conclusion of the November HIT Sales, DBS Managing Director Henry Beeby said:

‘The DBS November HIT Sales over the last two days have been an excellent example of the strength of the Goffs/DBS merger as it was a combination of the Goffs HIT Sale and the DBS October HIT Sales. That marriage allowed us to attract a number of significant Irish entries to Doncaster that may have gone elsewhere and we are delighted that their support has been richly rewarded in the sales ring. Heading that group is, of course, HH The Aga Khan’s sale topping draft and they certainly proved the big fish – small pond theory yet again. It is our intention to build on this success and we hope that the prices achieved over the last two days with rises of 27% in average and 48% as well as a very respectable clearance rate of 70% will lead to increased patronage from leading trainers as we consistently demonstrate that Goffs/DBS provide a most viable alternative in so many categories.

Our day of yearlings on Tuesday may not have made headlines but we are confident that it will produce winners aplenty. Average and median advances of 41% and 50% are not be sniffed at and, whilst everything is relative, the statistics are moving in the right direction after a pretty traumatic time for the industry.

DBS has again played host to a wide diversification of buyers from home and abroad over the last three days who are driven to our sales by the consistency of the value and service provided at every Goffs and DBS sale. We look forward to their next visit.’

November HIT Sales day two comparative figures















93 (61%)

£498,400 (-35%)

£5,359 (-11%)

£4,000 (+100%)


November HIT Sales total comparative figures















235 (71%)

£1,679,900 (+13%)

£7,148 (+27%)

£4,000 (+48%)


November Sales total comparative figures















364 (70%)

£2,286,100 (+15%)

£6,280 (+35%)

£4,000 (+67%)


Click here to view the DBS November HIT Sales results

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