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Aggregate falls by 60
per cent at DBS October

TRAINER Karl Burke topped a low-budget October Yearling Sale in Doncaster yesterday when spending £25,000 on a Kheleyf colt on a day featuring youngsters nearer the bottom than top of the 2007 foal crop.

The clearance rate was 59 per cent at the one-day event, previously held over two days later in the week, with the £4,181 average and £2,800 median respectively falling by 35 per cent 38 per cent but vendors seeking to move on horses rather than profit reported no shortage of buyers.

The top lot was offered for breeder Sean Gollogly from Herringswell Manor Stud and Burke - hidden in darkness outside the sale ring - was made to work for his purchase by underbidder John Cullinan.

"I paid a bit more than I planned to," admitted Burke. "But he was a lovely athletic horse, who I've bought for an existing owner. Kheleyf has made a great start - I have Johnmandeville by him who came from the Festival Sale here - and this colt is out of a Komaite mare so should be speedy."

A Reset filly with a timely pedigree update sold early into the day for £20,000 to trainer David Nicholls on behalf of owner Dr Marwan Koukash. Her Andre Fabre-trained half-brother Boudin made a winning debut at Longchamp on Sunday afternoon.

"She had a great walk to her and hopefully she'll be out in the middle of next season," said Nicholls. "Her half-brother won yesterday and she was a bit less expensive, he cost 230,000gns as a yearling." The Plantation Stud-bredfilly, from the family of Zabeel, Wellbeing and Kingfisher Mill, had been bought for just 1,200gns as a foal at Tattersalls in December by John Reid and was reoffered through Colin Tinkler.

An Auction House colt who made £11,000 at the St Leger Sale at Doncaster in late August brought £18,000 second time around when reconsigned from the Hodge family's Llety Farm in Wales. Burke also tried for this colt but ended up as underbidder to George Foster, who began training near Edinburgh last year after assisting the likes of Brian Meehan, John Gosden and Barry Hills.

"I've got three today and this is for a new client. He looks like he'll be a proper two-year-old," said Foster. "We've got 26 horses and had a good first season so I'm looking to build on that for next year."

DBS managing director Henry Beeby declared himself content with the day's selling. "We were perfectly happy with today's trade in the current climate as horses were selling," he said.

Doncaster's two-day October Horses In Training Sale begins today at 10am.




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