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Nicky Henderson watches at Kempton 11.02.11

Nicky Henderson: will continue to train £155,000 DBS Newbury sale-topper Malt Master

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Feast or famine at boutique Newbury Sale

IT was feast or famine for vendors at DBS' new boutique post-racing sale at Newbury on Saturday night when only 14 of the 31 offered found new homes, but five of those made six figures.

It resulted in only a 45 per cent clearance rate, but a colossal £64,285 average and £40,500 median alongside a £900,000 turnover.

Chief among the offerings at £155,000 was Malt Master, a runaway Doncaster bumper winner for Nicky Henderson last month, who returned back to Seven Barrows in new ownership.

"My business partner David Minton asked me to bid for him on behalf of one of his clients. His form looks very interesting," said Highflyer Bloodstock's Anthony Bromley, who saw off Bobby O'Ryan for the Milan gelding.

The four-year old had been unsold as a breeze-up horse for £58,000 at Cheltenham in December and for £21,000 as a store at Doncaster in May when consigned from vendor Robert Robinson's Distillery Stud.

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