Sales Reports

Increased clearance rate at DBS August Sales


The two day DBS August Sales concluded with a set of figures that were someway adrift of 2010, largely due to the presence of the Findley/Barber drafts at last year’s sale, but the sale ended with a 77% clearance rate which was a marked improvement on last year’s figure and was accompanied by a Median that matched that of 2010.

Two time Bumper winner Sir Johnson was always likely to be popular after arriving at the sales unbeaten and he lived up to his star billing when selling to Jacqueline Fleetham for £90,000. The five year old son of Deploy will be trained by Peter Bowen after his appearance in the ring and is an exciting horse to send novice hurdling later this season.

Irish point-to-point winner Three Mountainview was another who was expected to be popular and he is returning to Ireland after selling for £37,000. The four year old son of Heron Island won on his debut at Inchdoney and will now be trained by Shark Hanlon for owner-rider Paul McMahon after being bought through agent Harold Kirk.

Caught In The Act arrived for sale having won a Bumper at Newton Abbot in impressive fashion on his debut and he did not disappoint when coming under the hammer and selling to new owner Harry Turcan for £46,000. The four year old son of Overbury was part of the Supplementary Catalogue and had beaten more experienced rivals and given them a stone in weight when winning on his debut for owner/trainer Grant Cann. He will now go in to training with Sue Bradburne in Fife.

Mill House Stud offered the seven year old Nikos Extra having won four races for Alan King and he will now join the powerful Rucker string after being bought by Mr and Mrs William Rucker for £30,000.

The Gigginstown House Stud draft is always popular at DBS and their offering was topped by Gut For Garters, who was bought by Matt Coleman from Anthony Stroud Bloodstock for £28,000. The son of Presenting had won two races and was bought for a client of Sean Clancy’s in America to compete on the timber races in Maryland. The Gigginstown draft was also responsible for Crude, a son of Flemensfirth who was bought by Tom Malone for £27,000.

Trickledown Stud’s Paul Thorman was looking for pinhooking prospects to reoffer at a later sale and his spending included a Westerner gelding out of a daughter of Shuil Ar Aghaidh who was offered as part of the continued dispersal by his breeder George Ward. Bidding through agent Aiden Murphy, Thorman paid £26,000 for the two year old.

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

The DBS August Sales is a popular date with a diverse audience as evidenced by the large crowd from home and abroad on both days of the sale. As with every horses-in-training catalogue the level of trade very much depends on the entry which can vary dramatically from year to year. 12 months ago we handled the Findlay/Barber Dispersal of NH Horses which were an undoubted highlight and formed the centrepiece of a lively two days.

Trade has been no less lively this year but the catalogue lacked those type of stand out lots so most of the statistics are predictably down. However, there has been spirited bidding from start to finish and many have commented on the strength of the sale whilst this is graphically illustrated by the improved clearance rate and is further proven by the fact that the median remains static.

We now look forward three weeks to the Premier Yearling Sales. This year’s catalogue is populated by some serious yearlings that will be sold following another amazing season for the past sales’ graduates.’

Comparative Figures




Turnover (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)









243 (77%)




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