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Vendors team up to
offer buyers free keep

TRICKLEDOWN STUD and Catridge Farm Stud are teaming up to offer buyers of their yearlings at next week's DBS Premier Yearling Sale free keep for their purchases until November 1.

Paul Thorman

Paul Thorman: "if it gets an extra bid, it's working"


Trainers, owners or agents who purchase a yearling from either studs consignment can take up the offer providing the sale price is at least £20,000, and will be asked to pay only insurance, transport and non-routine veterinary costs during that period.


Between them, the studs have the largest two consignments at the sale - Catridge Farm Stud has 19 lots entries and Trickledown Stud has 17. The combined total of 36 yearlings means the free keep offer will be applicable to one in 13 of catalogued yearlings.

Trickledown Stud owner Paul Thorman explained his reasoning behind initiative. He said: "All the way through the summer and autumn we've spoken to trainers and the message was that the sale comes quite early for them. The Doncaster sale is where you buy your two-year-old winners, but in August they still have plenty of two-year-olds to run and don't want to have a load of yearlings hanging around their necks. They don't really want to break them, there's no need to break them until October."

The time period between the DBS Premier Yearling Sale, which starts its two day run on Tuesday, and November 1 is just over nine weeks, and surpasses the end of the Tattersalls October Sale by two weeks.

"The trainers were rather luke-warm about buying a yearling on spec and having to find somewhere to keep it," Thorman continued. "The idea of the offer is to say to the trainer that's busy with racing ‘look, we'll help out' with that. I hope it will have a good response. Until you see how it works out you don't know, but if it gets us an extra bid, it's working. I've already had one or two trainers ring up and say they like the offer."

David Powell of Catridge Farm Stud commented: "Trainers don't want yearlings in the yard for an extra two months and coming in while they've got runners, especially when a yearling can bring back a bug from the sales.

"I think it's quite a fair deal as it would probably save them between £1,200 and £1,500. If we get one or two extra yearlings sold out of it, it'll be worth it."




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