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Coventry Stakes winner Canford Cliffs was a £50,000 purchase by Peter Doyle at last year's DBS St Leger Sale

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Vendors hopeful
ahead of St Leger Sale

A SENSE of hope enveloped the DBS sale grounds yesterday ahead of the two-day St Leger Sale, which will launch the Racing Post Yearling Bonus on Tuesday when selling kicks off at 11am.

Although the funeral of Pip Payne meant that several notable Newmarket trainers were missing from the grounds, the majority of leading agents were working their way through the yards.

One of the busiest vendors appearedto be Newsells Park Stud, who sold Saturday's Group 2 Futurity Stakes runner-up Mister Tee and the Listed-placed Practitioner at this sale last year.

The stud offers seven yearlings, including those by Dansili and Invincible Spirit, this time around, all of whom are eligible for the £10,000 Newsells Golden Bonus. Julian Dollar, manager of Newsells Park, was satisfied with their level of interest, saying: "We were very busy yesterday and we had a brisk couple of hours onMonday.

"Just looking up the yard, there seems to be lots of people here and lots of horses are out, which can only be a good thing."

Also optimistic was last year's second leading consignor, Brendan Holland of Grove Stud, who has 18 yearlings catalogued, including a Bahamian Bounty half-sister to Muhannak.

"When you have a big draft like ours you're always busy but I've seen no significant drop in traffic which hasn't changed my opinion that the sale will hold up the best of the domestic auctions.

"But I'd like to see more trainers here and we're just hoping that they'll start coming in."

Holland wasn't alone in those thoughts, with buyer and vendor Jim McCartan, saying: "At the moment, there might not be as many trainers around as usual but the vendors I've met seem to be happy. All the agents, including the big ones, are here as are all the breeze up lads. I'll be buying for next year's breeze ups and I've seen plenty of nice horses."

Another to combine selling with buying on occasions is Mark Dwyer, whose Oaks Farm Stables sends through seven yearlings. However, although Dwyer is hopeful of adding to his string over the next two days, the difficulty of buying alongside selling means that his thoughts are very much on that latter.

"We've been busy enough so far and I'd say that we've had the same level of traffic as last year," he said.

"We didn't buy any last year but if something falls our way, we'll go for it. But it's so difficult to do both buying and selling effectively that we're ultimately sellers here."

Jamie Railton is among the vendors to have thrown his weight behind this year's sale by consigning what he believes to be his best ever group of St Leger horses. Yet he remains cautious towards the sale's prospects, saying: "I've seen a fair amount of traffic and I'm sure it will be selective.

Railton's 13-strong consignment includes a Kheleyf half-brother to Grade 3 winner Mrs Kipling and an Ivan Denisovich colt from the family of Sariska.





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