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Hogan dominates DBS National Hunt Breeze-Up

Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  70  52  21  40  568,500  27,071  22,000
 2008  90  64  30  47  857,500  28,583  20,500

COUNTY Tipperary agent Gerry Hogan dominated a DBS National Hunt Breeze-Up Sale at Kempton on Friday night that saw just 40 per cent of those offered changed hands.

Glencove Marina

Grade 1 hurdler Glencove Marina

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Appropriately it was a director of the Sunbury-on-Thames track that bought Hogan’s most expensive purchase - and the evening’s top lot - a Kalanisi half-brother to the high-class Glencove Marina, who realised £70,000.

The three-year-old had impressed in his morning workout and had been bought by vendor Eugene McDermott's Kennycourt Stud for €36,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale in June.

"I've got him for Nick Mustoe, who is on the board here, to race in partnership with Tim Syder and he is going into training with Emma Lavelle," said Hogan after outbidding agent Aiden Murphy, accompanied by Kim Bailey.

"Emma loved him and he looks a tailormade bumper horse and hopefully he should be ready to run in January or February."

The ex-jockey accounted for 42 per cent of the evening's turnover with his six purchases of whom three look set to race in Barry Connell's colours.

The trio included a £60,000 son of Rainbow High, who had been bought by vendors Trickledown Stud for £18,000 at Doncaster in May and for whom Murphy and Bailey once again provided the stiffest competition.

"Barry has done very well with Frascati Park, who came from the Doncaster breeze-up when it was held at Cheltenham. It hasn't been decided who will train this fellow," added Hogan.

A King's Theatre gelding who had been bought by Aidan O’Ryan for €18,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in June was another to show a solid profit when bought by Jonjo O'Neill for £41,000.

"He’s been bought on spec and I hope to find a client for him, I just thought he was a lovely horse," said O'Neill, who trained one of King's Theatre's best performers, Wichita Lineman.

But with only a handful of purchasers making the buyers' list, DBS managing director Henry Beeby is set to consider the future direction of this sale.

"There is little doubt that this was an extremely selective sale but as ever there was spirited bidding for the most popular lots," said Beeby. "However a clearance rate of 40 per cent would have to be disappointing, especially as Kempton has everything in terms of facilities.

"We’ll speak to vendors and see how other sales perform before
deciding the future path of the DBS National Breeze-Up, which we should remember has been a serious source of decent jumpers to date."




King's Theatre £928,943
Presenting £854,809
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £673,067
Oscar £656,070
Westerner £543,568
Flemensfirth £465,623
Kayf Tara £421,559
Stowaway £372,236
Midnight Legend £361,335