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Doncaster Bloodstock Sales reduced catalogue sizes in 2009

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Beeby: "2009 has been a rollercoaster year"

Year  Off   Sold  Aggregate  Average
 2009  2,870  2,074  26,602,400  12,827
 2008  3,580  2,533  36,360,725  14,355

DONCASTER Bloodstock Sales' annual turnover in 2009 fell by nearly £10 million on last year to £26,602,400.


Henry Beeby: "we face the future with huge optimism"

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

It was the lowest yearling spend at the South Yorkshire venue since 2003, something attributable partially to reduced catalogue sizes, especially at the Spring jumping sale. There were only 2,074 horses sold at Doncaster this year, the smallest number since 1985.

DBS managing director Henry Beeby commented: "It has certainly been a real rollercoaster year in the bloodstock world but we have been delighted to see the pragmatic optimism that we urged last year really come to the fore over the last few months. The bloodstock community is an admirably resilient bunch and the confidence that has returned to the market is most encouraging.

"The DBS year has been challenging in many areas but our results have been far from catastrophic. Our turnover is down but we must remember that DBS endured lesser falls than some in 2008 as our two biggest sales were held before the economic crisis that affected so many others whilst, in common with others, we have catalogued less horses this year which, in turn, has led to an improved clearance rate.

"We have enjoyed many highlights in 2009 amongst which are selling the world’s highest priced National Hunt horse for the ninth consecutive year, a magnificent top price of £190,000 at the Breeze-Up Sales for the two-year-old who raced so well as Angel's Pursuit and another spectacular year on the track for our graduates headed by 13 Group/Grade 1 winners and horses like St Leger yearling Canford Cliffs, who we can't wait to see on the track next year."

He added: "Today’s sale has ended the year on a high with figures up across the board reflecting a day of spirited bidding from a cosmopolitan crowd.

"Yet again we have proved that DBS achieve a premium for quality and this is something that we will look to build on next year whilst our results in January, where we returned an excellent foal trade when everyone thought the world was about to end, mean we are really looking forward to our January National Hunt Foal Sale as we have put together the best bunch of foals ever catalogued at DBS.

"Difficult times? Undoubtedly, but we face the future with huge optimism as we feel a corner has been turned. We have a broad programme of sales that cater to every sector of the market, a young andhungry team, and a truly excellent sales complex from which to conduct our sales whilst we have taken strong action to counteract some of the unavoidable downturns that have resulted from the slow down.

"As ever we are grateful to a wonderful group of clients, both buyers and sellers, who continue to put their trust in the DBS service and we send our heartfelt thanks to every one whether they have been involved in one horse or many.

"2009 may not be remembered as our best year but we relish the challenges that 2010 will present."




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