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Diverse set of buyers boosts DBS October

Day 2 October HIT Sale comparative figures (£)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  235  172  127  74  766,200  6,033  3,000
 2008  230  178  103  58  646,500  6,276  2,200

Overall DBS October comparative figures (£)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  485  369  264  72  1,481,300  5,611  2,700
 2008  498  361  236  65  1,200,000  5,085  2,200

WITH a couple of potentially high-profile lots either failing to sell or show up at Doncaster yesterday, it was left to Fairyhouse bumper winner Alexander Seaview to head the final day's October Horses In Training Sale trade with a price of £40,000.

The six-year-old, who went on to finish second in a Thurles maiden hurdle in March, was offered yesterday from his owner Noel O'Callaghan's Mountarmstrong Stud and is set to return to trainer Willie Mullins after being knocked down to agent Harold Kirk.

"We think he's potentially a very nice horse and he's been bought on spec and will probably go back to Willie," said Kirk.

There was slight sense of anticlimax yesterday with both Start Me Up, a bumper winner at Cheltenham on Saturday, and Tom Mullins' Listowel scorer Some Slam respectively failing to sellwhen bidding reached £100,000 and £130,000.

Additionally, Aintree bumper third Giordano Bruno was withdrawn on a veterinary certificate from a select draft of jumpers belonging to Harry Findlay and Tony Bloom.

But Alastair Donald of Kern Lillingston was on hand to sign for a pair of choice Findlay/Bloom lots, seeing off DBS representative Tim Kent - taking instructions by telephone - for each horse.

Aachen, a three-time hurdle winner last season for trainer Venetia Williams, made £30,000 while Barnhill Brownie, a dual hurdle scorer when with Philip Hobbs, made £28,000. Donald could not elaborate on plans for the two horses.

Northern Ireland trainer Andy Oliver will bid for his biggest success at Doncaster tomorrow with Elusive Award in the Racing Post Trophy but yesterday he was in South Yorkshire to sell the three-year-old filly Pebble In A Pool.

The daughter of Daylami made an auspicious hurdling debut at Punchestown nine days ago when finishing fourth in a 27-runner field and she will join Evan Williams after changing hands for £27,000.

"She ran very well over hurdles when fourthin a big field at Punchestown and is obviously a far better jumper than she was on the flat," said Williams.

"There's lot of opportunities for juvenile hurdlers on this side of the water and she's a big strong, smashing typeof mare who should jump a fence in time. She seems to want plenty of cut. I've bought one or two off Andy in the past and I now need to find an owner for her."

It may not have turned over groundbreaking sums but the two-day October Horses-In-Training Sale still managed to show advances on last year in all categories and produce the event's second-highest set of figures.

"A British or Irish Sale that has recorded improved figures has been something of a rarity recently so it is with a great deal of satisfaction that we have returned increases over the last three days (including yearlings on Tuesday) and, in particular, with our two day October Horses In Training Sale," said DBS managing director HenryBeeby.

"Of course it was disappointing that some of the higher profile lots either did not sell or couldn't make it to the sale but that should not take away from the lively trade generated by a large and diverse group of buyers from home and abroad who recognise the unparalleled quality and value that is so regularly provided at DBS.

"That said we certainly recognise that it has been challenging at all levels of the market on all three days and that the industry has a long way to go to return to the market that existed before the financial crisis which affected us all so quickly and dramatically last year.

"However bloodstock trades on confidence and there have been plenty of positives in recent months and days that should allow us to view the future with a degree of pragmatic and realistic confidence."




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