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DBS: Fire Eyes is the most expensive breeze-up horse sold at the venue

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DBS record-breaker Fire Eyes wins on debut

DAVID REDVERS may have had to smash the auction record to buy the Exceed And Excel colt out of Flying Childers Stakes winner Wunders Dream at the DBS breeze-up sale in April, but judging on the horse's impressive debut win, it may be money well spent.

Redvers paid £300,000 to secure the colt, subsequently named Fire Eyes, for Qatar Racing.

Saddled by Nottinghamshire trainer David Brown and ridden by Harry Bentley, Fire Eyes won by two and a quarter lengths from Avec Rose in a 5f maiden on his first start at Thirsk on Friday.

Fire Eyes marked a brilliant pinhooking result for vendors Tally-Ho Stud at the DBS breeze-up sale. The County Westmeath operation had bought the colt as a yearling in the same ring for £43,000.

Fire Eyes is the fifth foal out of the Averti mare Wunders Dream, who was trained by James Given to also win the Molecomb Stakes.

John Ellis, whose colours Wunders Dream carried to victory, is the breeder of Fire Eyes.

A Teofilo filly out of Wunders Dream, who has now produced three winners, is set to go under the hammer at this year's DBS Premier yearling sale.

It may bode well for Fire Eyes that he has something in common with the best recent DBS breeze-up graduate: champion Dream Ahead, bought at the Yorkshire venue for £36,000 in 2010, was also sold by Tally-Ho Stud and is also out of a Flying Childers Stakes winner - in his case Land Of Dreams.





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