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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  • Autumn Sales Catalogue Now Online

    The catalogue for DBS’ final sale of 2014, the Autumn Sales (4-5 November) is now available to view online. The catalogue features 385 entries consisting of 240 Horses-in-Training, which will be offered on 4 November, and 146 yearlings which will be offered the following day on 5 November.  The Horses-in-Training session is headed by the Bryan Smart trained Moviesta, Lot 154, a four time winner including the Group 2 King George Stakes who ran fourth in this season’s Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes before finishing third in the Group 1 Prix de ’Abbaye de Longchamp on Arc Day. The four-year-old has a BHA Flat Rating of 112. Other entries include: Heronry, 42, a three time winner who has won or placed in all three of his last starts, earning him a BHA Hurdle Rating of 136. Allez Encore, 49, who won a Bumper at her last start and is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Lord Who. It’s All an Act, 58, a son of Presenting and a Bumper, Chase and last start Hurdle winner at Punchestown and the Stakes winner Hawkhill, 67, who also won a Hurdle on his last start. Out Now, 59, a four time winner who ran second in the Grade 1 Irish Grand National and Grade 1 Leopardstown Chase who has a BHA Steeple Rating of 135. Kilgefin Star, 76, a winner of two of his seven Hurdle starts, with a further four placings, with a BHA Hurdle Rating of 128.  Gabrial's Kaka, 85, a four time winner with a Class 2 victory this season and a BHA Flat Rating of 102.Nashville, 86, a four time winning son of Galileo who won at Ayr two starts ago at a distance of just over two miles. Kafeel, 102, a two time winner from only six career starts with a BHA Flat Rating of 87. Altruism, 108, broke his maiden on his second start and attained a BHA Flat Rating of 93 on his third and most recent appearance. Italian, 116, by Pivotal and a winner of two of his four starts with a BHA Flat Rating of 94 and Timoneer, 168, winner of one of his four starts who was Stakes placed two starts ago with a BHA Flat Rating of 98. Johnno, 124, a five time winner with two wins this season and a BHA Flat Rating of 93. Dolphin Village, 120, a winner of five, with two victories coming in 2014, with a BHA Flat Rating of 85.Winning two-year-olds She's A Worldie, 156, and Krazy Paving, 220, who won at Windsor on his last start at just his third appearance.Midterm Break, 158, a winner of three of his seven races including his most recent start, for almost £100,000 in earnings and a BHA Flat Rating of 92. The yearling session offers buyers their last opportunity to secure a DBS yearling for the track or the Breeze Up Sales in 2015 and judging by the results DBS yearlings have achieved this season, and the quality of sires with horses in this sale, this presents an attractive opportunity.  Headline DBS yearling graduates for 2014 include Group 1 winners Tiggy Wiggy, Sole Power, Olympic Glory, Move in Time, Slade Power as well as Group 2 winning two-year-olds Estidhkaar, Beacon, Kool Kompany, Baitha Alga and the unbeaten rising star and Stakes winning two-year-old Limato.  Sires with yearlings in the Autumn Sales include Acclamation, Arcano, Big Bad Bob, Champs Elysees, Dark Angel, Dream Ahead, Dutch Art, Equiano, Kheleyf, Kodiac, Kyllachy, Lilbourne Lad, Mastercraftsman, Paco Boy, Pivotal, Showcasing, Vale of York etc.  To view the catalogue online, click here.  Supplementary entries will be accepted up until the time of sale and can be made by contacting DBS on +44 (0)1450 372222 or emailing 

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