Latest News From Doncaster Breeze-up Sales

DBS managing director Henry Beeby is satisfied with today's trade, saying: "The DBS Breeze-Up sale 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.


DBS Breeze-up Sale - average rises ten per cent


DBS Breeze-up Sale stats:

Offered: 157

Sold: 108 (69%; 2010: 76%)

Aggregate: £3,183,500 (-2%)

Average: £29,206 (+10%)


Median: £20,000 (+1.3%)

Colts average: £33,085

Fillies average: £20,679

Leading buyer: Peter and Ross Doyle, seven bought for £343,000

Leading vendor: Mocklershill, 11 sold for £531,000

No. of successful pinhooks (listed as sold on last sales appearance + approx. expenses): 48 of 96

No. of six-figure lots: 3 (2010: 5)


DBS BREEZE-UP SALE TOP FIVE LOTS (£) Lot Breeding Purchaser Price

152 ch c Hard Spun - Saudia Sean Quinn 140,000

112 b c Teofilo - Mamela Robin O'Ryan 110,000

72 ch c Shamardal - Genoa David Redvers 105,000

128 ch c Compton Place - Our Little Secret David Redvers 90,000

69 b c Clodovil - Forest Storm Peter & Ross Doyle 88,000

Heading the successful pinhooks was the sale-topping Hard Spun colt, who was sold for £140,000 having cost Cara Bloodstock $15,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

It was also good to see fledging vendor Mayfield Stables, fronted by Ronaldo de Jesus Souza and Tania Browne, turn a profit on their Exceed And Excel filly(118); knocked down to Andy Oliver for £5,000 as a yearling, she went on to sell for £75,000 to Blandford Bloodstock.

DBS managing director Henry Beeby is satisfied with today's trade, saying: "The DBS Breeze-Up sale 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 ten per cent rise in average (on topof the same rise in 2009) which is all the more pleasing when we have sold two less six figure lots than 12 months ago. The drop in the clearance rate (still a respectable 69 per cent) 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."
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Prominent jumps owner Michael Buckley, whose colours were carried to Grade 1 victory at Aintree by Spirit Son and Finian's Rainbow, could be in for a change of pace after spending £80,000 through Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock for a Yankee Gentleman colt set to join Harry Dunlop.

The colt represented the partnership behind Dream Ahead, that of vendor Tally Ho Stud and agent Federico Barberini, who secured him for just $11,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Sale.

"I know Michael from my time at Nicky Hendersons," said Dunlop. "He's already got half of a filly with me and he very kindly said he would send me a two-year-old as well.

"This colt is first one we've bought at the breeze ups this year. I thought he went really well - he looked a real athletic type."

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Lot 187 - a Marju filly who was unsold for 12,500gns at last week's Tattersalls Craven Sale finds a new home at the second go, selling to Michael Dods for £14,000.

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The £48,000 sale of a Pivotal filly today concluded a productive couple of days for Jim McCartan of Gaybrook Lodge Stud, who started the week by selling a daughter of War Front for $275,000to agent Buzz Chace at the OBS Spring Two-year-old Sale in Florida.

The Pivotal filly was snapped up by McCartan for 26,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale and will join Richard Fahey after selling to Highfield Farm.

The War Front, in whom McCartan owned a share, turned an even better profit, having been bought under the name of New Mission Bloodstock for $80,000 at Keeneland last September.

"We had decided beforehand that if we bought the War Front, we would send her to Brandon Rice and Alexander de Meric to breeze as they were just starting out and were recommended by a friend," said McCartan. "In the meantime, the stallion came good and then she performed on the day."

He added: "The fillies have been good to us this year. We also had a nice touch at Kempton with an Azamour filly and the Pivotal was a lovely genuine type who will hopefully go on and win some nice races."

Lot 152 - Willie Browne turns a big profit on his Hard Spun colt as John Quinn outbids Robin O'Ryan at £140,000. At $15,000, the colt was the cheapest colt sold by his Grade 1-winning first-crop sire at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

"He had everything - the looks, the pedigree and he galloped," said Quinn. "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."

Although by a stallion that ran on dirt, the colt hails from a family that excelled on turf for Prince Fahd Salman; a half-brother to the French Listed-placed The West's Awakes, he is out of Saudia, a juvenile winner for Paul Cole and daughter of Yorkshire Oaks heroine Bint Pasha.

Lot 128 - David Redvers is on his way to becoming the leading buyer at this sale after paying £90,000 for a flashy son of Compton Place from Yeomanstown Stud.

The second foal out of Listed winner Our Little Secret, the colt was a 20,000gns purchase by Yeomanstown at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

Lot 121 - first purchase by Sir Robert Ogden as his racing manager, Barry Simpson, secures a son of Royal Applause from Mocklershill for £68,000. The colt, out of juvenile winner Nebraska Lady, cost Willie Browne £10,000at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale.

Lot 112 - Robin O'Ryan signs for a £110,000 son of Teofil0, a colt for whom Bobby O'Ryan paid 75,000gns for as a foal.

The colt has been bought to race for a new partnership with Richard Fahey.

Stats update - the average is running at £28,372 (+ 6.5 per cent from 2010) for 47 sold.

However, in keeping with many sales during the past year, it is all or nothing for vendors. The clearance rate is a dismal 58 per cent while of the 47 sold, 16 made £10,000 or less. Seven lots have failed to attract the minimum bid of £5,000.

Lot 97 - a timely update works wonders for Brendan Holland's Dubawi filly when she sells for £80,000 to owner Norman Steel. She beecomes the first filly to crack the £50,000 mark in the process.

Unsold for £23,000 in this ring last August, she is a half-sister to Barefoot Lady, who staked her 1,000 Guineas claim last Wednesday with a game victory in the Nell Gywn Stakes. The pair are out of 1998 Woodcote Stakes winner Lady Angharad.

Lot 72 - David Redvers secure the first six-figure lot of the day, a Shamardal half-brother to Listed winner Brindisi for £105,000. Mags O'Toole was the underbidder.

Redvers was acting on behalf of Sheikh Fahad al Thani, who is present DBS today and was sitting in Redvers office during the bidding.

"He'll have six weeks in a field and physically, he did one of the most impressive breezes whichwas matched by his time," said Redvers. "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."

One of only two by his sire in the catalogue, the colt is out of the Listed-placed Genoa and hails from the famous Hollingsworth family of Buoy, Bireme and Yawl. He was unsold at 29,000gns at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale.

Lot 69- Peter and Ross Doyle make their third purchase of the day, going to £88,000 for a Clodovil half-brother to the Listed-placed Fann from Mocklershill.

Lot 68 - the pinhooking partnership of Federico Barberini and Tally Ho Stud sold Dream Ahead at this sale last year and Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock will be hoping lightning strikes twice after going to £80,000 for the stud's son of Californian sire Yankee Gentleman.

Bromley was acting on behalf of Harry Dunlop and prominent jumps owner Michael Buckley.

The colt was picked up by Barberini for just $10,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Sale. In another exampleof his ability to spot a bargain, Barberini also purchased Sunday's Premio Pariolo winner Al Rep for just £6,500 at the 2009 DBS St Leger Festival Sale.

The Yankee Gentleman is a half-brother to a minor American two-year-oldwinner and out of a half-sister to the stakes-winning dam of high-class turf sprinter Morluc.

Lot 51 - a big result for Thomond O'Mara of Knockanglass Stables as his Speightstown colt goes the way of Stephen Hillen at £80,000. Gordian Troeller was the underbidder.

Hillen was acting on behalf of Marwan Koukash, who plans to send the colt to Michael Bell.

O'Mara's TR Bloodstock paid just $19,000 for the colt at Keeneland last September. He is the fifth foal out of the Listed-winning Dynaformer mare Dynamous and a half-brother to a winner in Canada.

Lot 31 - Twitterhorse, the Twitter syndicate launched last week by James Knight, Eamonn Wilmott and trainer Jeremy Gask, secures a Dark Angel colt through Sackville Donald for £21,000.

Bought back by his vendor for 15,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale, the colt is out of an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 winner Ventura. He was consigned by Meadowview Stables.

"We are absolutely delighted to have found such an exciting horse within our budget," said Eamonn Wilmott,managing director of Horses First Racing. "When we were looking at the possible picks last night I really didn't think we would be able to afford such a nice Dark Angel colt with his page.

"We have been very fortunate to have - with the help of twitter - assembled a tremendous team. Nicknamed the Icemen, for they are calmness in the ring, the team includes trainer Jeremy Gask, bloodstock agents SackvilleDonald (who kindly donated their services for free), James Knight and Simon Rowlands."

Wilmott added: "The response to the #twitterhorse syndicate since it was launched last week has been quite astounding with members joining from as far away as Australia and America and with the syndicate already oversubscribed with 59 members. The excitement amongst the membership since the horse was bought has being brilliant to witness. Let us hope we have bought ourselves a nice prospect."

The team will be launching #Twitterhorse2 shortly.


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DBS takes a break from selling to award Richard Hannon with the sale company's annual Willie Stephenson Award in recognition of his support of DBS.

Hannon was the inaugural award winner back in 1992 when he trained Lyric Fantasy to become the first two-year-old winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes. On this occasion, he stepped forward to receive the award from Harry Beeby, standing appropriately beneath a banner of Hannon's Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Canford Cliffs.

"This gentleman has been a mighty supporter of DBS over the years," said Henry Beeby. "Any sales company relies on the horses it sells and Richard has trained so many good ones - a Classic winner and brilliant miler in Canford Cliffs, Coventry Stakes winner Strong Suit and German 1,000 Guineas Penny's Gift.

"I'm sure Richard would be the first to say that none of it would have been possible with out his partnership with Peter and Ross Doyle."

Lot 17 - Charlie Gordon-Watson, a rare visitor to this sale, makes his presence felt by fighting off Ross Doyle at £80,000 for a first-crop son of Lawman. Stephen Hillen was another keen to secure the colt but dropped out as the bidding hit £60,000.

"He's going to Roger Charlton," said Gordon-Watson, who was last in a DBS sales ring 12 years ago. "I didn't think he would make that muchbut 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."

Consigned by Oak Tree Farm, the colt was a 30,000gns purchase by Mags O'Toole at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale. He is the first foal out of Beech Gardens, ahalf-sister to South African champion Kundalini from the further family of the brilliant Kooyonga.

Lot 14 - first no bid of the sale belongs to a Strategic Prince gelding that was bought back for £10,000 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale

Lot 4 - a daughter of Amadeus Wolf sells for £16,000 to Stephen Hillen standing alongside Kevin Ryan, who trained the stallion to win the Middle Park Stakes.

In fact, Ryan's association with the family runs deeper since he also trains Hamza, Amadeus Wolf's first winner who shares his granddam, Group 3 winner Lady Alexander, with this filly.

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Today's sale will start in five minutes with lot 2 - lot 1 was sold for £40,000 at the Goffs Kempton Sale


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What they're saying:


"We haven't stopped showing since the breeze but then again, having a large consignment can make it seem busier and confuse things a bit.

"I was concerned about the ground as it was very quick, uneven and rough." Willie Browne

Willie Browne: was concerned about the ground at the breeze

"While Newmarket was good for me, it was a bit up and down. If you hadn't got what they wanted, you were in trouble but if you ticked most of the boxes, you got paid. For me, the middle market was more robust on the second night.

"It's busy enough here at the moment, which you'd expect it to be as a few of the horses came up well.

"I'm down on numbers this year. It was a deliberate decision as everyone is nervous at the moment - the horses have got to perform and tick all the boxes otherwise you're in trouble." Malcom Bastard

"Overall, I've got a good bunch of horses. There isn't much point in worrying how trade will be - I sold all mine at Newmarket and if they're good enough to sell here they will." Brendan Holland, Grove Stud

"Newmarket probably lacked a few of the big horses. But I found it difficult to buy in the middle range at around the 40 - 60,000gns mark. There are a couple of nice horses here thathopefully will fit the bill." Amanda Skiffington

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Potential stand-out lots include:

42) ch f Pivotal - Dance Set; granddaughter of LowtherStakes winner Dance Sequence who strode out well

51) b c Speightstown - Dynamous; colt out of Listed winner who turned in a professional breeze

68) b c Yankee Gentleman - Foolish Party; a colt from the family of high-class US turf sprinter Morluc who went well in his breeze

69) b c Clodovil - Forest Storm; one of a number from Mocklershill that caught the eye

97) ch f Dubawi - Lady Angharad; owns a major update as a half-sister to last week's Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Barefoot Lady

121) b c Royal Applause - NebraskaLady; looked well bought at £10,000 in his breeze

130) ch c Namid - Pearl Egg; a €17,000 yearling purchase who is another that could have been well bought

148) b c Le Vie Dei Colori - Ros The Boss; another to turn in a professional breeze, this colt is offered by Malcolm Bastard, recent consignor of Native Khan

152) ch c Hard Spun - Saudia; the only juvenile by his Grade 1-winning first crop sire in the catalogue, this colt is a grandson of Yorkshire Oaks winner Bint Pasha

165) b c Dark Angel - Slow Jazz; bred to be quick as a colt out of a Listed-winning three-parts sister to Zieten and Blue Duster

170) b c Red Clubs - Stop Out; turned in a respectable time despite not helping himself by cocking his jaw

183) ch c Elusive Quality - Top Ten List; first foal out of a multiple stakes winner in Canada


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IT could have been a long night for trainer Stan Moore, who was so engrossed in watching the DBS breeze videos yesterday evening that he got locked in the sales complex. According to one anonymous trainer, Moore was stuck for hours until finally freed at a late hour.

"There he was," says the trainer, taking much delight in the story, "ringing every number he could find in the catalogue until someone took pity and let him out."

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THE breeze-up circus rolls on to Doncaster today for the DBS Breeze-up Sale, which starts at 10.30am.

View the DBS Breeze-up catalogue

This sale led the way among all breeze-ups in 2006 when DBS graduate Speciosa became the first breezer to win a Classic. Since then, a number of graduates have upheld the sale's name, among them Paco Boy, Dream Ahead and Marine Commando.

Sir Robert Ogden paid 635,000gns for two lots at last week's Tattersalls Craven Sale and so the presence of his racing manager, Barry Simpson, at yesterday'sbreeze was a welcome feature of pre-sale activity for some vendors. Ogden is likely to be present at today's sale, as he was at Newmarket.

The international trend evident last week at Newmarket is also likely to continue with DBS hopeful of participation from Hong Kong and across Europe.

One slightly worrying aspect is the large number of withdrawals - 34 in total already. They include an Amadeus Wolf colt (40) who gave rider Bruno Neto a nasty tumble at yesterday's breeze.

The withdrawals are as follows: 1, 6, 10, 13, 16, 20, 33, 35, 40, 47, 55, 58, 59, 67, 76, 86, 94, 100, 107, 109, 114, 126, 127, 140, 144, 146, 166, 169, 172, 174, 182, 188, 189 and 191.

Late Racing Post Yearling Bonus eligibles: 4, 9, 45, 82, 88, 95, 98, 156 and 187

Lot 158 is NOT named Monsieur Dellic in GB

Lot 158 was born on May 9 2009 and NOT January 1 as stated

Lot 177 was born on April 13 2009 and NOT January 1 as stated

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