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DBS sales year opens with January auction

DBS opens its sale year today at 11am with a one-day renewal of the January Mixed Sale, which features a selection of horses-in-training, mares and foals to cater for tastes under both codes.

At 136 lots, including supplementary entries, this year's sale is 21 per cent smaller than last year and a far cry from the 584-strong renewal of five years ago. Part of the drop in numbers can be attributed to the restructured 2011 DBS sales calendar, which saw the bulk of National Hunt-bred foals that traditionally sold in January transferred to the December Sale.


2011 results: 95 of 145 offered were sold (66%) for a total of £633,300 (-45%), an average of £6,666 (+4%) and median of £2,800 (-7%). A Bridge Too Far, by Oscar, topped the sale when sold by CropedyLawn Stables to Donald McCain for £65,000

Box office lots

43) George Fernbeck; four-year-old has been placed on each of his three bumper starts, most recently when a half-length second at Musselburgh

74) Dawaama; unraced daughter of Dansili is a half-sister to three stakes runners including Group 2 scorer Baqah

81F) 3yo b g Tiger Hill - Pocket Book; one of seven horses hailing from the Roger Fisher dispersal, this gelding is a half-brother to Listed winner Berk The Jerk

82) Rendl Beach; five-year-old son of Milan has made an exciting start to his career for Peter Niven, winning both his bumper starts


5, 7, 13, 37, 40, 51, 64, 66, 86, 88, 91, 93, 99, 105, 108, 110, 120




King's Theatre £947,392
Presenting £883,858
Oscar £769,534
Beneficial £749,176
Milan £707,790
Westerner £558,887
Flemensfirth £499,414
Kayf Tara £454,641
Stowaway £397,642
Yeats £382,827