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Beeby urges bloodstock industry to kick on!

Doncaster JanuARY salE: overall comparative figures
2009 242 191 133 70 717,200 5,392 2,500
2008 537 432 285 66 1,735,650 6,090 2,205

DBS managing director Henry Beeby used his end-of-sale statement to reiterate calls for those involved in the racing world to look positively towards the future.

"Despite the general gloom and doom that is reported on a daily basis, we enjoyed a National Hunt foal trade on Tuesday that was significantly stronger and more consistent than any other similar sale in the autumn and gave such a positive start to the sales season," said Beeby.

"Countless vendors and purchasers amongst the large attendance commented on the strength of the market and we just hope that British National Hunt breeders take note and feel able to lend more support to the sale in the future as it has proved its worth time and again.

"Today's trade was also perfectly satisfactory in the current climate with plenty of interest and, whilst the bare figures may not compare with last year (although the median is up), the real story of the last two days has been the upbeat attitude that was so evident.

"Indeed, so many visitors stated their firm intention to take a realistically positive approach to the challenging times we all face. That will be key to the industry in the immediate future and it is imperative that we don't allow ourselves to be talked in to a slump.

"Goodish news may not make headlines but we must work together as an industry in a pragmatic and confident manner to continually highlight the many pluses of the bloodstock business and in owning a racehorse. And there are many so let's keep smiling and kick on!"

Read Ed Prosser's sales report in full in Thursday's Racing Post




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