What they said
"Ours sold as we expected, they all found new homes which is all you can ask - the clearance was actually okay if people were happy to let the horses go. Last year the sale was held on a Thursday and Friday, when racing was on, and perhaps that might have brought a few more people in."
David Powell, Catridge Farm Stud
"I was pleased with our results, particularly the colt that sold for £18,000 - but he was nice and deserved to make that. But it was tough going for vendors and I'm sure there will be less mares covered next year. I think there was real value for trainers because there will be some good winners coming out of here that didn't cost very much."
David Hodge, Llety Farm
"Very few were meeting their production costs but at least horses were selling - vendors decided to stop the meter ticking and move on their yearlings. I came here with ordinary horses and sold most of them - I wasn't thrilled with their prices but they at least changed stables. The nice, correct two-year-old type colts were making money and there were two seriously good fillies - the Reset and Carnival Dancer - who sold well.
"These were the scraps but there were plenty of trainers here and the ordinary ones were hard to sell - but that's as it should be. Some horses will always be born imperfect and if we knew what some of these were going to look like before they were born, then we wouldn't have bred them. But somewhere is this sale is a horse thatwill have been bought cheaply with bad conformation or a bad pedigree that comes up as a serious racehorse next year."
Paul Thorman, Trickledown Stud