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Comply Or Die - Aintree 04.04.2009

Comply Or Die: a Presenting colt from the immediate family of the Grand National winner has been catalogued to the DBS January Sale

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DBS release reduced January catalogue

DBS has catalogued a collection of 177 jumps-bred foals, broodmares and horses in training for their one-day January Sale on January 25. The number of entries marks a notable reduction from last year's renewal, when 430 horses were catalogued over two days.

As in previous years, selling will be preceded by the Weatherbys Insurance/BBM Kenneth Oliver Memorial National Hunt Foal Show at 9.30am, in which colts and fillies compete for £10,000 prize-money. Selling begins at 11am.

A reduced selection of 70 jumps-bred foals have been entered, down significantly from the 201 catalogued last year. They include a Kayf Tara half-brother to the high-class hurdler Amaretto Rose, herself the dam of a filly by Black Sam Bellamy offered by Shade Oak Stud. Clarendon Stud has entered a Tobougg half-sisterto the Grade 1-placed Our Ben while hailing from Trickledown Stud is a Presenting colt out of a half-sister to Grand National winner Comply Or Die.

A Bonnet Rouge filly out of a half-sister to Kauto Star heads the two-year-olds on offer while among the broodmares is Kartuzy, a half-sister to Arc winner Marienbard in foal to Dubawi. She is part of an 11-strong entry by Darley, who have also entered Miracle Play, a half-sister to Racing Post Trophy winner Dilshaan.

Cornwallis Stakes third Jargelle and recent dual winner Finn's Rainbow are other eye-catching entries.

"We are delighted with the quality of horses that we will be offering at the January Sales despite the decrease in numbers," said Henry Beeby, managing director of DBS.

"Many vendors have made a conscious decision to only offer the best and we are confident that this has been reflected in the selection of foals, which are all entitled to compete for the £10,000 prize money on offer at the Weatherbys Insurance/BBM Kenneth Oliver Memorial NH Foal Show.

"Many purchasers have had a huge amount of success when buying both pinhooking and racing prospects at this sale and we believe that this catalogue offers many more opportunities for top class success."

Last year's renewal saw upturns across-the-board as 393 horses sold for a total of £1,147,900, an increase of 60 per cent from 2009, and average of £6,412, up 19 per cent. Nevertheless, it was tough going for some vendors with only 50 per cent of horses offered listed as changing hands.





King's Theatre £971,127
Presenting £917,929
Oscar £801,946
Beneficial £768,307
Milan £725,269
Westerner £564,048
Flemensfirth £517,780
Kayf Tara £486,533
Stowaway £413,173
Midnight Legend £397,177