Sales Reports

Competition continues at the DBS Autumn Sales

01/11/2011

The DBS Autumn Sales hosted a large and diverse crowd that helped to produce some strong competition for the horses on offer and returned a turnover of £1,632,200, an average of £5,299 and a median of £3,000 from a vastly reduced catalogue. This was matched by a clearance rate of 73%.

Peachey Moment topped the sale when selling to Martin Todhunter for £32,000. The six year old son of Stormin fever was offered by Greystoke Stables having won three races this year but was offered to dissolve a partnership and will now race for a new ownership syndicate with Nicky Richards.

Walter Swinburn sold the top class Overturn at this sale before he went on to win high class races under both codes for trainer Donald McCain and owner Tim Leslie, and this fact was not lost on purchasers who fought hard to secure some of the better horses that he offered as part of a minor dispersal due to him relinquishing his licence. Bright Abbey topped the offerings when bought by Bobby O’Ryan for £30,000. The winning son of Halling was bought for an existing client whilst Overturn’s trainer went back to the same source when buying Absinthe for £24,000. The two time winning son of Kings Best is now likely to be campaigned over hurdles whereas Highflyer Bloodstock bought the four year old Vimiero for £23,000.

The Darley draft is always well received at DBS and their offerings were topped by Stentorian, a three year old son of Street Cry who was bought by David Phelan for £22,000. He had been placed in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes as a juvenile and looks to be an exciting prospect for new connections. Topping the Horses in Training section on day two was Steed, who was bought by Tom Malone for £25,000. The son of Mujahid had won since publication of the catalogue, taking his winning tally to seven and attracted interest from around the ring before Malone had the final say.

The yearling trade was topped by a daughter of Piccolo who was bought by owner Ron Hull and trainer Debbie Sanderson for £22,000. The February born filly was offered by Manister House Stud and is out of a seven time winning mare who comes from the speedy family of Goggles. The second highest priced yearling was a son of Manduro who was consigned by Oaks Farm Stables and was bought by Pat Eddery for £20,000. The May born colt was out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 2 winning Arabian Gleam.

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

‘No one has ever suggested that the DBS Autumn Sales, or its predecessors, are the most glamorous place to buy or sell but the two days fulfills a need in the calendar and we are confident that many classy performers will follow in the footsteps of the likes of former graduates Dim Sum, Amour Propre, Barizan and Overturn. We have welcomed a diverse group of buyers from across Europe and the Middle East again demonstrating the broad appeal of each DBS sale.

The Horses-In-Training returned a lively trade for the lots catalogued and, when comparing the sale with 2010, it is important to remember that last year included the annual draft from HH The Aga Khan, with a top price of £120,000, which was diverted from its traditional venue at Goffs. That draft realised over €500,000 at Goffs on Friday and if that amount was added to the DBS Horses in Training totals the statistics would be very similar to last year when we enjoyed a jump in median of 48%. Of course, the affiliation between Goffs and DBS means that the Group still reaps the benefit of the ongoing support of HH The Aga Khan which is appreciated by the teams on both sides of The Irish Sea.

Our Yearling Sale is significantly smaller than previous years which is very much a reflection of the reducing foal crops particularly at the lower end of the market but we would submit that it serves the industry by providing a low cost marketplace. As with every other yearling sale this year the old adage “the good ones were hard to buy” rang true and there will be an Amour Propre amongst them whilst the sale continues to move in the right direction with a 5% rise in average and a median that has advanced by a quarter following a 50% leap last year.’

Comparative Figures HIT

 

Offered

Sold

Turnover (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)

2010

330

235 (71%)

1,679,900

7,148

4,000

2011

269

198 (74%)

1,079,800

5,453

3,000

Comparative Figures Yearlings

Offered

Sold

Turnover (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)

2010

189

129 (68%)

606,200

4,627

3,000

2011

155

110 (71%)

534,400

4,858 (+5%)

3,800 (+27%)

Comparative Figures Whole Sale

 

Offered

Sold

Turnover (£)

Average (£)

Median (£)

2010

519

364 (70%)

2,286,100

6,280

4,000

2011

424

308 (73%)

1,632,200

5,299

3,250

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