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Marnane tops DBS Breeze-Up for third year

DBS Breeze-Up Sale figures (£)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  186  161  122  78  3,247,300  26,617  19,750
 2009  152  134  112  84  2,724,600  24,326  18,000

TODAY'S DBS Breeze-Up sale posted increases in aggregate, average and median on a day when the demand for choice lots was as strong as ever but the lesser horses struggled.

According to Racing Post calculations, 58 of the 99 lots to change hands failed to return a profit on their purchase price as yearlings or find a buyer.

Con Marnane Trainer

Con Marnane: Bansha House coup

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 

But five horses sold for £100,000 or more, compared to one last year. For the second year running, Dubai-based owner Malih Al Basti ensured that a Bansha House Stables offering topped proceedings.

The absent Al Basti did not have to match the £190,000 he paid for 2009 sale-topper Angel's Pursuit as his agent, Adam Driver, secured a handsome Dubawi colt offered by Con Marnane's operation, for £140,000.

The transaction represented a significant pinhooking success for Marnane who had purchased the colt, the first foal of the Listed-placed Lend A Hand mare Improvise, for £25,000 at the Doncaster St Leger Yearling Sale last August. Marnane has consigned the top lot in each of the past three years.

"A decision about where the colt goes will be made in the next couple of days," said Driver, racing manager for Global Equine Group. "He is a lovelyhorse and looks just like his sire. He breezed well, is a clean horse and is lovely through and through."

Michael Dods has seen his fortunes rise in recent times and the County Durham trainer stood alongside Dwayne Woods as the agent held off Bobby O'Ryan with a winning bid of £135,000 for a bay Officer colt, consigned by Willie Browne.

"Philip Makin rode the colt in Ireland a few weeks ago and he liked him. Now we just need that bit of luck," said the trainer.

Woods added: "For us, he was the only one here that we wanted to bid on. For a late foal he was beautiful and has lovely conformation."


Henry Beeby: "satisfied"

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Peter Swann, in company with Matt Coleman of Anthony Stroud Bloodstock and trainer James Given, went to £125,000 for a coveted grey Speightstown colt from a solid stakes-producing American family, to run in the colours of his mother-in-law, Barbara Wilkinson of Wilkinson's stores fame.

The youngster, bought by Gaybrook Lodge Stud's Jim McCartan for $18,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale, will join Given's Lincolnshire yard with connections hoping he can make into a Royal Ascot prospect.

The first of the five lots to break the six-figure barrier was another Bansha House Stables offering, an Oasis Dream filly out of the Barathea mare Bella Bianca. It was Yorkshire trainer John Wainwright, accompanied by owner Charles Wentworth, who was pleased to hear the gavel thud at £110,000.

There was plenty of cause for encouragement as the largest catalogue in three years reaped an aggregate of £3,247,300, up 19% on last year, while the £26,617 average and £19,750 median were up by 9% and 10% respectively.

DBS managing director said he was "perfectly satisfied" with today's trade, adding: "There has been some lively bidding duels particularly for the better lots.

"Whilst we recognise that we still have some way to go to return to the strength of the market that wasin evidence pre autumn 2008, we have been delighted to see a number of serious pinhooking touches to reward these intrepid speculators.

"It would be fair to say that the lower end of the market has missed some of the overseas buyers who have enjoyed such success at this sale but that is entirely due to the flight restrictions as we had made a large number of bookings following our promotional efforts across Europe.

"We had also spent time in the Far East and expected some Japanese buyers to return to Doncaster but, again, they could not fly."






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