Sales Reports

Good trade returns improved figures at DBS Breeze Up Sales


Following the success of Dream Ahead and others on the track in 2010, buyers flocked to DBS in 2011 and helped to achieve a set of figures that showed improvement on last year with an average that increased by 10% to £29,206. This was matched by a Median that improved by 1% to £20,000 and an aggregate of £3,183,500.

The sale was topped by a son of Hard Spun who was bought by John Quinn and his son Sean for £140,000. The colt was consigned by Mocklershill and cost just $15,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale and comes from the immediate family of the Group 1 winning Bint Pasha. He attracted interest from many parties but it was Robin O’Ryan who made the biggest play for the horse before the hammer came down in favour of Quinn, who said after the sale:

‘He had everything - the looks, the pedigree and he galloped. He's been bought for Peter Clay who races Maxilead Ltd. I think he'll be a 6f or 7f type of two-year-old.’

Robin O’Ryan purchased the Royal Ascot winning Marine Commado at this sale last year and was active again when buying a Teofilo colt out of the Group 3 winning Mamela for £110,000. Offered by Harefield Lodge, the colt will race for a new partnership with Richard Fahey, who trained Marine Commando to success in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.

David Redvers attended the sale with Sheikh Fahad al Thani and made his presence felt with the purchase of two horses, headed by a Shamardal colt consigned by Meadowview Stables. He is out of the Listed placed Genoa and hails from the famous Hollingsworth family of Buoy, Bireme and Yawl and cost Redvers £105,000. Redvers said after the sale:

‘He'll have six weeks in a field and physically, he did one of the most impressive breezes which was matched by his time. Apart from Dubawi, there's no other stallion on fire like Shamardal and this colt had a stallion's pedigree. We haven't decided yet who will train him.’

His spending was completed by a Compton Place colt who was bought for £90,000. Out of the Listed winning Our Little Secret, the colt was offered by Yeomanstown Stud, who had bought him 20,000gns as a yearling.

A timely update worked wonders for Grove Stud’s Dubawi filly when she sold to Norman Steel for £80,000. Out of a Listed winning mare, the filly is a half sister to Barefoot Lady, who races in the colours of Norman Steel and was placed in the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes as a two year old, but earned her place in the Group 1 1,000 Guineas when going one better since the publication of the catalogue with victory in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

Charlie Gordon-Watson is not a buyer who regularly attends the DBS sale but got his name on the score sheet when buying a Lawman colt for £80,000. Consigned by Oak Tree Farm, the colt attracted interest from Ross Doyle and Stephen Hillen before the hammer came down in favour of Gordon-Watson, who said after the sale:

‘He's going to Roger Charlton. I didn't think he would make that much but we like Lawman and got one in Newmarket last week. He's one of the few stallions in this book who is a Classic winner. This colt was out of a Sadler's Wells mare from a good family. Hopefully he's going to be a nice horse that will make a three-year-old as well.’

DBS Managing Director, Henry Beeby commented after the sale:

‘The DBS Breeze-Up Sales staged a strong comeback last year following a tough sale in 2009 so we are obviously very pleased to have returned another set of improved figures today.

Most significant has been the 10% rise in average (on top of the same rise in 2009) which is all the more pleasing when we have sold two less 6 figure lots than 12 months ago. The drop in the clearance rate (still a respectable 69%) has clearly demonstrated that the market remains selective and this trend very much mirrored that seen in Newmarket last week with fierce competition for the best, good interest in the middle range but weakness at the bottom. The clear message is that the focus must be on quality and we are extremely grateful to our regular band of vendors who have provided us with a really commercial and classy bunch of two year olds. We have been delighted to see a number of serious pinhooking touches to reward these intrepid speculators and we look forward to watching this year’s DBS Breezers following the likes of Dream Ahead on the track this year and beyond.

We must also acknowledge the work of British Bloodstock Marketing who have been most proactive in assisting us in our promotion of the sale resulting in a strong international buyers bench.

The DBS Breeze-Up Sales remains a constant strength in a volatile market and we wish every purchaser the best of luck on the racecourse in the coming months.’

Comparative Figures




Turnover (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)



122 (76%)






109 (69%)


29,206 (+10%)

20,000 (+1.3%)

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