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Figures crash at BBAG
Mixed Spring Sale

comparable figures: bBAg spring mixed sale*
2009 132 115 49 42 378,300 7,720
2008 163 130 72 55 1,050,000 14,583

THE gloomy expectations held by most ahead of the one-day BBAG Spring Mixed Sale were realised - the figures crashed with few buyers at the Baden-Baden sales ground interested in buying horses.

Comapred to 2008,  the aggregate fell by 64 per cent to below half a million euros, the average by 47 per cent and the clearance rate dropped to 42 per cent. Few lots managed to break the €10,000 barrier and many horses were bought back in by their vendors.

The first 50 lots through the ring set the tone for the remaining sale with 10 horses withdrawn, four not sold, 21 vendor buy-backs and just 15 horses finding new homes. The top price in that early part of the sale was €17,000 which was given twice - first for a Captain Rio colt sold by Albert Steigenberger and bought by Andy Wyss, and then for the winning five-year-old Cromat, who was sold by Stall Sylt.

Towards the end of the catalogue, the bidding stepped up several notches for one of the two anticipated lots offered, an Invincible Spirit filly named Dangerous Cat.

Out of the Pennekamp mare Sweet Surrender, from the family of Tattersalls Gold Cup runner-up Highdown and offered by Albert Steigenberger, the various interested parties eventually had to leave empty-handed as her vendors bought her back in for €100,000.

A bemused Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock, one of the underbidders on the filly, said: "It makes a mockery of things when the two best lots of the sale are bought back in".

The highest price for a "true" sale was €46,000, more than double the next best price, was given for a son of Black Sam Bellamy. A breeze-up consignment produced by Gebruder Wiegandt and already named Landesherr, the colt is a half-brother to three Listed performers, to the Group 3-placed Luttje Lage and from the family of the German champion three-year-old Liquido. He was bought by the Gestut Ebbesloh, owner and breeders of Goose Bay, winner of last season's Oaks d'Italia for trainer Peter Schiergen.

Goff,a regular visitor to sales at the BBAG sales complex said: "I come here every year and it seems the German industry has been harder hit than most by the current economic problems - there are just not enough buyers here with adequate budgets. In addition, the quality seems to be lower than usual."





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