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Bargains to be had at DBS Spring Store Sale

dbs spring store sales comparative figures: day one
2009 151 117 72 61 890,800 12,372 9,000
2008 175 143 99 69 1,833,900 18,524 14,000

A WEEK after Doncaster's buoyant exchange of proven jumping horses, it was a sparser and less free-spending crowd that convened at the South Yorkshire venue yesterday for the Spring Store Sale.

It needed an outlay of just £50,000 from Newmarket agent Mags O'Toole to head the day's trade when seeing off first Anthony Bromley and then Aiden Murphy to get a French-bred three-year-old already named Lord'Amore consigned from Mark Dwyer's Oaks Farm Stables.

"I was asked to buy him on behalf of Doneany Bloodstock and thought he was a lovely, quality horse and beautifully presented by Mark," said O'Toole.

The Daliapour gelding had been bought as a yearling at Deauville in October 2007 for €28,000 by Ronnie O'Leary.

There were bargains to be had on a day where the £12,372 average fell by 33 per cent and the £9,000 median by 35 per cent on last year while there was a 62 per cent clearance rate.

Pipe sticks with what he knows
French-breds dominated the day with three-year-old Takamaru set to follow his brother Tamarinbleu to David Pipe's Pond House Stables after being bought on his behalf for £42,000 by transporter Alan Walter. Breeze-up consignors Norman Williamson and Ger Hourigan were underbidders for the Kapgarde gelding, consigned from Juliet Minton's Mill House Stud.

Highflyer and King buy a lucky 13
Minton's husband David and his partner in Highflyer Bloodstock, Anthony Bromley, provided over a quarter of the day's £890,800 turnover with 13 purchases.

Bromley and Alan King outbid trainer Dessie Hughes to get a brother to Bambi De L'Orme for £37,000 from the Goldford Stud draft. The True Brave gelding had made 14,000gns on his previous appearance at Doncaster, when 10 months old at the 2007 January Sale.

"The half-sister Prunelle D'Orme won at Tipperary on Tuesday night so the mare now has three winners from three runners and the sire gets a good type of horse in France," said Bromley. "We loved this horse and he was one of our picks today."
The leading agent felt horses were far easier to buy yesterday compared to 12 months ago and was delighted with what he got.

"Unfortunately it does seem to be a buyers' market and I feela bit sorry for the breeders and pinhookers," said Bromley. "But we have been doing our best and a lot of the ones we have bought are on spec for trainers looking for owners - I got seven for Alan King alone.

"It's not been a strong market and we felt that there was such good value to be had, there were some nice horses going quite cheaply and there are again some really good models tomorrow.
"They are going a lot cheaper than last year and I think much of that is due to the lack of National Hunt breeze-up buyers, they were really strong 12 months ago in the £20-£25,000 bracket and held that end of the market together but have been a lot quieter this time."

Minton buys for Henderson
Minton came out best in a duel with agent David Redvers for a filly already named Lady Hight, who will join Nicky Henderson after making £33,000. The three-year-old, consigned byPaul and Sara Thorman's Trickledown Stud, is a sister to Mister Hight, who developed into a useful hurdler for Willie Mullins after being placed in the Ballysax Stakes on the Flat.

O'Ryan buys Kalanisi to breeze
The dearest lot bought for resale was a £30,000 Kalanisi gelding sold from David and Trish Brown's Furnace Mill Stud. "He was a lovely mover and will be re-offered at the Kempton Breeze-Up Sale in December," said agent Bobby O'Ryan after signing for the three-year-old.




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