Sales Reports

Satisfying start to 2011 for DBS


2011 began on a positive note for DBS when the January Sales returned a satisfying trade with 95 horses sold for an average of £6,666 and an aggregate of £633,300. This was matched by a clearance rate of 66%.

A Bridge Too Far showed the most recent form in the catalogue having been the impressive winner of a Maiden Hurdle at Wetherby the day before the sale and after trainer Paul Webber announced that the horse would be coming under the hammer at DBS the following day there was no shortage of interest for the five year old son of Oscar. Bobby O’Ryan and Tom Malone showed interest for the gelding, who had finished second on his debut at Ludlow in November, but it was Donald McCain Snr who made the final bid at £65,000 to go in to training with his son Donald.

The NH Foal section of the sale was topped by a son of Presenting who was consigned by Trickledown Stud. The May born colt finished second in the colts section of the Weatherbys Insurance/BBM Kenneth Oliver Memorial Foal Show and is out of the Grade 2 placed La Marianne. He also comes from the family of Banjaxed Girl, Marello and Karello Bay and it was David Minton from Highflyer Bloodstock who made the final bid of £36,000.

Neil Gilchrist has been a prolific buyer of NH foals, many of which are resold as NH Stores and his spending was topped by a Saint des Saints gelding who finished fourth in the Weatherbys Insurance/BBM Kenneth Oliver Memorial Foal Show. Consigned by Haras du Pommeray, the March born foal is from the French family of the Grade 3 winning Mister Hight.

Kayf Tara is Britain’s Leading NH Sire and his international appeal was strengthened when French agent Guy Petit bought a gelding offered by Conduit Stud. The March born is from the French family of the Grade 2 winning Gilder.

Darley offered a draft of 11 horses that was topped by Kartuzy, who was in foal to Dubawi. The winning mare was bought by John O’Byrne for £21,000 after a protracted bidding dual with Neil Gilchrist.   

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

‘To start a new year with a negative is never desirable and I confess that the DBS team were disappointed with the size of our January Sales entry especially the huge drop in the number of NH foals (it is easier to understand the fall in the horses in training entry given the lack of racing in recent months). This is a real issue for us as we have regularly returned a vibrant trade for National Hunt Foals and DBS puts a huge amount of effort into supporting NH breeding and racing through a variety of sponsorships every year. We are delighted to continue with these various initiatives but it does make it hard to justify when we see so many UK NH breeders electing to sell at our main competitor in Ireland to the detriment of the NH market place in this country. We will have to have a long, hard look at the commerciality of a number of areas and get the feedback of those who can make the difference before deciding how to proceed.

Notwithstanding the above we felt that today’s trade was perfectly acceptable in each category. Buying a NH foal is always a long term investment but there was a lively trade for those commercial foals who are likely to be resold in 2014 when we have to hope and believe the world will be in a better place from an economic point of view. The mares and horses in training also held their own and there is no doubt that DBS continues to provide a really vibrant marketplace for this category throughout the year.

To that end I am pleased to announce that DBS will hold a new National Hunt Festivals Sale after racing at Newbury on Greatwood Hurdle Day, 5 March 2011. This boutique sale will focus on quality horses with form that may be heading towards the major NH Festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree or Punchestown and comes at the optimum time to capitalise on the excitement that surrounds the build up to Cheltenham in particular. We will be announcing further details in connection with the lead up to the Sale which will include a number of Supplementary Entry spaces so entries can be made right up to the day of sale.’

Comparative Figures (Whole Sale)









179 (49%)






95 (66%)


6,666 (+4%)



Comparative Figures (NH Foals)









99 (53%)






44 (66%)


7,636 (+1.4%)



Weatherbys Insurance/BBM Kenneth Oliver Memorial Foal Show

The DBS January Sales began with the annual Foal Show that was judged by John Bleahen and Vere Phillips, who were given the task of picking the foals that they best felt would make future racehorses. The show was generously sponsored by Weatherbys Insurance and British Bloodstock Marketing and the colts and fillies were competing for a £10,000 prize that was awarded only if the horse was sold under the hammer at the subsequent sale.

The results of the show are as follows:

Colts class

First                  Lot 38 Mahler ex Acoola offered by Deerpark Stud

Second             Lot 69 Presenting ex La Marianne offered by Trickledown Stud

Third                 Lot 54 Black Sam Bellamy ex Delayed offered by Goldford Stud

Fourth               Lot 42 Saint des Saints ex Aulne River offered by Haras du Pommeray

Fillies class

First                  Lot 61 Tobougg ex Forest Pride offered by Clarendon Farm

Second             Lot 87 Kayf Tara ex Rosita Bay offered by Lapwing Hall Farm

Third                 Lot 66 King’s Theatre ex Jolie Landaise offered by Battlefield Stud

Fourth               Lot 53 Midnight Legend ex Dalticia offered by Synderborough Farm

Click here to view the results

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