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Richard Hughes gives Canford Cliffs a well deserved kiss after winning the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 The Curragh 22.05.2010

Canford Cliffs: dual Group 1 winner was a £50,000 DBS St Leger yearling

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Reverence sibling among 466 DBS Premier entries

DBS HAS published the catalogue for its Premier yearling sale – formerly known as the St Leger sale, and the auction at which this year's leading three-year-old miler CanfordCliffs was sourced for his connections.

The sale takes place on August 24 and 25.

The catalogue features 466 horses, down slightly from a total of 495 last year when the company's managing director Henry Beeby hailed a "very respectable" 79 per cent clearance rate.

Leading established sires with progeny on offer include Acclamation, Danehill Dancer, Desert Style, Dubawi, Elusive City, Green Desert, Medaglia D'Oro,Marju, Oasis Dream, Royal Applause, Verglas and Canford Cliffs' sire, Tagula.

Among the stallions with first-crop yearlings entered are Authorized, Dark Angel, Dutch Art, Dylan Thomas, Excellent Art, Jeremy, Lawman, Multiplex, Rail Link, Red Clubs, Strategic Prince, Teofilo, Three Valleys and Vital Equine.

One of the flashiest pages in the catalogue belongs to Highclere Stud's Green Desert half-brother to dual Group 1-winning sprinter Reverence.

Other pedigrees that leap off the page include the Catridge Farm-consigned Royal Applause filly out of a sister to Pipalong, and another Royal Applause filly who is the second foal out of Listed winner Salamanca, offered by Worksop Manor Stud.

Tally- Ho Stud consigns the first foal out of Group 2-placed Listed winner Chantilly Beauty, a filly by Red Clubs, and another first foal bound to attract interest is Rathasker Stud's Oasis Dream filly out of speedy Listed winner Paradise Isle.

The Flat House Stud consigns a Monsieur Bond half-brother to Windsor Castle Stakes winner Flashmans Papers, while Grove Farm Stud offers a Piccolo half-brother to useful Iver Bridge Lad.

Hawthorn Villa Stud offers an Authorized filly out of Grade 2 winner Pina Colada, from the immediate family of Canford Cliffs, and Newsells Park Stud is set to take to Doncaster a Compton Place half-sister to last year's £200,000 DBS St Leger yearling sale-topper, Tom Sawyer.

Turnover at last year's DBS St Leger yearling sale fell by 29 per cent from 2008 to £9,609,500, while the average dropped by 22 per cent to £26,042 and the median fell by 23 per cent to £26,000.

DBS has also issued the catalogue for its St Leger Festival Sales on September 9. It features 96 yearlings, including a Wheelersland Stud-consigned Royal Applause half-sister to Kyllachy and a Stringston Farm-consigned Iceman half-brother to Listed runner-up Caranbola.






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