Sales Reports

Maktoum drafts help to increase figures at DBS April HIT Sales


A slightly larger catalogue and a number of exciting entries from the Maktoum Family associates helped to return a set of figures that showed increases across the board at the DBS April HIT Sales. A clearance rate of 83% was matched by an average that increased by 24% to £8,461, a median that was up by 12.5% to £4,500 and an aggregate that improved by 43% to £939,200.

Shadwell Stud had sold the subsequent Group 1 winner Markab at this sale in recent years and this fact was not lost on purchasers who made some spirited bidding to ensure that Shadwell sold the top two Lots at the one day sale. The five year old Taameer had finished third in the Group 3 Autmun Stakes on one of his most recent starts and attracted the attention of Donald McCain Jnr and Stephen Hillen but it was Bobby O’Ryan who had the biggest budget when the hammer came down at £53,000. O’Ryan also bought the second dearest horse, again from the Shadwell draft when paying £52,000 for Sulwaan, a four year old son of Kings Best who had won two races this year.

West Coast Dream had won on his most recent start for Andrew Oliver and the son of Oasis Dream was another to prove popular when he was bought by Emma Byrd for £42,000. Baharat was offered as part of the Rabbah Bloodstock draft and the two time winner is likely to have a future over hurdles when selling to Richard Guest for £36,000.

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

The decision to link today’s April Horses In Training Sales to the ever successful DBS Breeze-Up Sales has clearly been vindicated with a strong and vibrant trade from start to finish, most notable for an exceptional HIT clearance rate of 83% and 43% rise in turnover from similar numbers.

Following yesterday’s 10% rise in average we have been pleased to record another 24% increase with all the statistics showing improvement over last year which, it should be remembered, recorded gains of 40% over 2009.

Today’s trade graphically illustrates that the tried and tested DBS format of selling form horses in a straight forward manner to the highest standards of auctioneering and integrity is a formula appreciated by our wide diversification of clients who flock to Doncaster sale after sale. We have welcomed clients old and new to our Sales Complex over the last two days and countless numbers have continued to comment on the excellence of the facilities we provide whilst, of course, there is no doubt the beautiful weather helped, allowing Doncaster to well and truly live up to it’s “Sunny Donny” nickname!

All of these positive factors allow us to look forward to our market leading Spring Sales for NH Stores and Horses In Training with some confidence. The HIT sector has become increasingly competitive in recent years which is most beneficial to the industry and we relish the challenges it provides as we are supremely confident of the top class service and results we have provided over the last 49 years. That auctioneering excellence is the hallmark of the Goffs and DBS service and we have no doubt that the DBS Spring Sales will again confirm its position as the UK’s leading outlet for National Hunt horses once again.’

Comparative Figures




Turnover (£)

Average (£)




96 (79%)






111 (83%)

939,200 (+43%)

8,461 (+24%)

4,500 (+12.5%)

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