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DBS April HIT Sale

DBS concluded its two-day run of April sales on Tuesday with a quiet renewal of the April Horses-in-Training Sale, which produced a trade well adrift of the heady heights reached by the previous day's breeze-up.

With only 73 horses sent under the hammer compared to 122 a year ago, the sale was always going to struggle to match last year's aggregate of £939,200. However, only 42 of those offered found new homes, which resulted in an aggregate of £182,500 and average of £4,345, down 49 per cent from 2011.

 

Three of the day's better lots failed to change hands, headed by the Grade 1-winning hurdler Marsh Warbler who is returning to Brian Ellison's after bidding stalled at £27,000. As a result, it was the Group 3-placed Chink Of Light who topped proceedings when selling to German agent Christian von der Recke for £14,000 on behalf of an undisclosed Swiss client.

The son of Dr Fong, who ran third in the 2010 Chester Vase for Andrew Balding and has since been running over hurdles for Anna Bramall, is set to be trained in Switzerland with the Grand Prix de St Moritz, a valuable 1m2f conditions race run on snow at St Moritz in February, his long-term target.

"He's been bought to race for a Swiss owner," said von der Recke. "He won't run over jumps again. He could compete on the Flat in Switzerland or even Germany but the idea is to keep him fresh for the Grand Prix de St Moritz. That's the big aim."

Quinsman, a six-time winner for Stan Moore, could be in action over hurdles this summer after selling to trainer Gerald Bailey for £12,000.

"I haven't got an owner for him at the moment but he's got decent form and hopefully will be one that can go hurdling this summer," said Bailey. "We haven't got many for the summer jumps season - our horses are going well at the moment so the idea was to get one that could keep our name going."

His price was matched by Spartilla, a winning half-brother to Monday's record DBS Breeze-up £300,000 sale-topping Exceed And Excel colt who was sold out of James Given's yard to Kent-based handler Daniel O'Brien. By Teofilo, the three-year-old colt is out of Flying Childers' Stakes heroine Wunders Dream.

No horse came into the sale with fresher form than Spin Cast, a recent winner at Yarmouth for Ian Williams who will carry the colours of William Bethell after selling for £9,000.

Brian Ellison, who signed the ticket, said of the four-year-old: "William has bought him for his daughter, Harriet, to ride. He's got good recent form and should give everyone a bit of fun."

DBS managing director Henry Beeby said at the conclusion of the sale: "Horses in training sales are the categories that vary most from year to year and the success of these sales is always dictated by the quality of the catalogue.

"In line with recent broad spectrum Horses in training sales, we have experienced some spirited bidding for the nicer form horses but there is little demand for horses that don't tick all the boxes."

 

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