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McKay draft heads up DBS January Sale

THE second draft of horses offered from Willie McKay's Martins Grange Stables have provided a welcome lift to a dreary opening session of the DBS January Sale.

Heading the consignment - and trading so far - is the 88-rated handicapper Internationaldebut, who sold for £25,000 to trainer Paul Midgley.

"Internationaldebut's form is in the book and hopefully we got him for the right money," said Midgley of the son of High Chaparral. "Everyone I've spoken to had good things to say about the horse. You'd say six or seven furlongs would be his best trip looking at his form but he could be one of those good horses that has the ability to win a variety of distances."

Midgely also paid £15,000 for Internationaldebut's stable-mate Haajes, who was successful in a competitive 5f handicap at Ffos Las earlier in the year.

However, vendors are still finding it tough to move horses on: with approximately 50 lots still to sell, the average is running at £3,467 for 75 horses sold. A total of 46 horses have failed to sell, 21 of whom have failed to raise the minimum bid.

 

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