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Turnover drops by over half at DBS breeze


comparative figures: DBS NH BREEZE-UP
2008 90 64 30 47 857,500 28,583 20,500
2007 99 77 64 83 2,446,500 38,226 30,000

HOWARD JOHNSON  and Graham Wylie dominated a selective trade at DBS's first National Hunt Breeze-Up Sale at Kempton racecourse yesterday evening when buying the two standout lots for a total of £265,000.

Heading their way was a gelding by Tidal Bay's sire Flemensfirth who worked beautifully in the morning and realised £170,000 by the time Johnson - seated with Wylie and stable jockey Denis O'Regan - had seen off Paul Webber, acting for Coolmore (who are looking to support the best stockof their National Hunt sires), for the three-year-old.

"This horse breezed brilliantly and was the real standout today. We've done very well with Flemensfirth, not just with Tidal Bay but also the likes of Drever Route and River Shanakill, who will hopefully become a broodmare at stud one day," said Wylie.

Johnson added: "We'll see how he comes on in the spring and look at him in March or April but there will be no rush. Hopefully he can win his bumper before going hurdling and he should be a chaser one day. We have his half-brother Johnny Roche but unfortunately he got a leg and won't run again."

The Flemensfirth gelding, who was offered from Willie Slattery's Meadowview Stables, turned a handsome profit having cost €40,000 at Fairyhouse in June.

More than ever in the current economic climate, Wylie's importance to both National Hunt racing and sales should not be underestimated and he also paid £95,000 for an Old Vic gelding, who had cost €40,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale in June and was offered from Paul and Sara Thorman's Trickledown Stud.

"He breezed really well and looked very forward," said Wylie. "Hopefully he'll do well in a bumper either at the back end of this season or next year."

Agent Gerry Hogan was among the other bigger spenders and paid £40,000 for the French-bred three-year-old Marakash. "He was a big long-striding horse and will be trained by Emma Lavelle for Andrew Gillam," said Hogan.

Just 47 per cent of those offered were sold, the £857,500 turnover was down by 65 per cent on the DBS National Hunt breeze-up staged at Cheltenham last year while the £28,583 average fell by 25 per cent and the £20,500 median dropped by 32 per cent.

"We would have to be satisfied with the sale in the current climate," said DBS managing director Henry Beeby. "The positives being a world-record price for a National Hunt breeze-up of £170,000 and that a number of the big names were her to buy. But the market has been selective, reflecting the present climate."




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470