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Dream Ahead wins the Prix Morny Deauville 22.08.2010

Dream Ahead: sold for £36,000 at last year's DBS Breeze-up

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Big players expected to be active at DBS Breeze

BARRY Simpson, racing manager to Sir Robert Ogden, and Dick O'Gorman, who regularly signs on behalf of Darley, were among the faces watching 163 juveniles catalogued to the DBS Breeze-up Sale go through their paces on Doncaster's hurdles track this morning.

Sir Robert Ogden - June 2008

Sir Robert Ogden: expected to be active at DBS tomorrow

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Simpson's presence will have been an encouraging sight for vendors following Sir Robert Ogden's dominance of the top end of the market at last week's Tattersalls Craven Sale, when he paid 635,000gns for two lots. Ogden is likely to be present at tomorrow's sale, as he was at Newmarket.

Also watching the breezer were trainers Ed Dunlop, Bryan Smart, Jamie Osborne and Stan Moore as well as the usual array of agents, including Charlie Gordon-Watson.

Several youngsters gave their vendors a few anxious moments including an Amadeus Wolf colt, who was in the process of turning in a smart breeze when digging in his heels and unshipping his rider, Bruno Neto, in front of the stands. Although the colt was soon caught by John Cullinan of Horse Park Stud, the breeze had to be delayed while Neto was stretchered off the track by paramedics. It wasn't long until he was back in the saddle, however, as he went on to breeze lots 159 and 167.

Later on in the morning, a daughter of Red Ransom opted to run through the rails rather than down the track. After jumping what was left of the rails and dumping her rider, she went for a solo jaunt around the golf course before being reunited with her connections. She later breezed successfully.

A number of two-year-olds went well including a Speightstown colt out of Listed winner Dynamous (51), a son of Yankee Gentleman (68), a Tiger Hill half-brother to smart Italian sprinter Golden Stravinsky (158) and colts by Clodovil, Royal Applause and Hard Spun from Mocklershill (69, 121 and 152). A Pivotal granddaughter of Lowther Stakes winner Dance Sequence (42) also strode out well as did an Exceed And Excel filly from the family of Subtle Power (118).

Onlookers also got a second chance to view lot 187, a filly by Marju who was unsold at last week's Tattersalls Craven Sale.

This is the second year that the DBS Breeze-up has been staged after the Tattersalls Craven Sale. It was a decision that looked to reap rewards last year when the average increased 9.5 per cent to £26,619 and the median rose ten per cent to £19,750.

Perhaps more notable was the fact that a dozen lots sold for six figures compared to just one the previous year. As in 2009, the top lot was secured by Malih al Basti, who paid £140,000 through Adam Driver for a son of Dubawi from Con Marnane's Bansha House Stables. Named Big Issue, he went on to emulate the previous year's sale-topper, Angel's Pursuits, by securing black-type for Richard Hannon.

However, he isn't the most accomplished graduate of last year's sale; that accolade belongs to dual Group 1 winner Dream Ahead, who was kn0cked down to Blandford Bloodstock for £36,000.

Tomorrow's sale starts at 10.30am.

Withdrawals: 1, 6, 10, 13, 16, 20, 33, 35, 47, 55, 58, 67, 76, 86, 94, 100, 107, 109, 114, 126, 127, 140, 146, 166, 169, 172, 174, 182, 188, 189 and 191.

Late Racing Post Yearling Bonus eligibles: 9, 45, 82, 88, 95, 98, 156 and 187





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