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DBS averts cancellation of consolation sales race

DONCASTER Bloodstock Sales has acted to prevent the cancellation of the consolation race for Thursday's DBS £300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes.

The consolation race, which will take place at Ripon on Saturday, has attracted a final field of 12 who were eliminated from the York race at the 48-hour stage – three fewer horses than the 15 that The Racing Calendar stated would be needed for the race to go ahead.

The rules of entry had stated that if the consolation race received fewer than 15 nominated entries, it would be cancelled, with the £10,000 minimum added to stakes by DBS being redirected to the main sales race.

However, DBS has acted to avert that scenario. Tim Kent, a director of the sales company, said: "DBS and Ripon racecourse have joined forces to make up the short fall in prize-money, so that the race can go ahead with the full £50,000 prize fund."

With prize-money paid down to tenth place, it means that, should all 12 entered horses line up for the race, only two will fail to make it a payday for their connections.





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