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The Pastoral Pursuits sales topper put in a £190,000 breeze

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Pastoral Pursuit colt fetches £190,000 at DBS

DBS Breeze-Up Comparative figures
2009 152 134 112 83.5 2,724,600 24,326 18,000
2008 170 140 115 82.1 3,288,500 28,595 22,000

ONE six-figure juvenile and an 84 per cent clearance rate brought some cheer to many two-year-old consignors at yesterday's one-day Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale, where the turnover fell by 17 per cent to £2,724,600. The £24,326 average and £18,000 median respectively dipped by 15 per cent and 18 per cent.

Pastoral Pursuit colt tops the sale
The top price - £190,000 - came just 10 minutes into the day, thanks to a Pastoral Pursuits half-brother to 2007 Middle Park Stakes winner Dark Angel, bred by the Hong Kong Breeders' Club and bought by yesterday's vendor, Con Marnane, for £45,000 as a yearling.

Marnane was immediately in profit as bidding for the colt kicked off at £50,000 and the youngster's price soon reached six figures. Agent Stephen Hillen, standing with Kevin Ryan, was among his fanciers but the final blows were fought out by Dick O'Gorman, who frequently buys for Sheikh Mohammed, and Richard Hannon junior, who had the final say on behalf of another Dubai-based owner, Malih Al Basti.

"He was a bit of a standout today," said Hannon. "He breezed very well and looked a real two-year-old type and is hopefully the sort of horse that could be running somewhere smart. We've got two fillies by Pastoral Pursuits who we like, including one owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing who could be anything."

Redknapp secures an Exceed And Excel colt for £92,000
It would be no surprise if a couple of yesterday's dearer lots race for well-known footballers, with Joey Barton among those at the sale, but it is one of the sport's best-known managers, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who will campaign a £92,000 Exceed And Excel colt.

Sheikh Mohammed's team of O'Gorman and David Loder again dropped out for this colt, bred by Genesis Green Stud and consigned by Malcolm Bastard, with his new trainer Bryan Smart having the final say.

"Harry has had a share in one with me before and I loved this colt," said Smart. "He breezed very well and I'm a huge fan of the stallion. They always want a bit of a breather after this sale so he'll have a break and then we'll crack on with him."

Filly by same Darley sire fetches £60,000
Smart will also train a £60,000 Exceed And Excel filly, who had cost just £7,000 as a yearling, that was knocked down to agent Johnny McKeever. She will race for owner Patricia Brown.

Pivotal colt goes to Hannon
Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables consigned one of the best-bred lots on show, a Pivotal colt out of a sibling to Lit De Justice, City Leader and Commander Collins, who had cost 40,000gns as a yearling.

He made £72,000 this time around when bought by agentRoss Doyle, on behalf of a new owner with Richard Hannon. "You would think he'd be more of a middle to back-end type of horse and then be a good three-year-old," said Doyle. "If he's any good he could be a very valuable horse with that pedigree."

McKeever and O'Ryan shell out£55,000 each
Johnny McKeever paid £55,000 for a Bernstein half-brother to Listed winners Coy and Il Warrd on behalf of an undisclosedclient, while a Bertolini filly bought for the same amount by Bobby O'Ryan will race in the same colours of her half-brother Cockney Rebel.

"She's for Phil Cunningham and will go to Barry Hills. She was very different to Cockney Rebel but looks a very sharp sort of filly," said O'Ryan.

Mara's Mon colt in demand
The only lot by top US sire Maria's Mon on offer was another in demand. Offered from Thomond O'Mara's Knockanglass Stables, he had soon recouped his $32,000 yearling cost and eventually changed hands for £80,000 after Richard Brown had seen off Kate Sigsworth.

"I tried very hard to get the £190,000 Pastoral Pursuits colt and these two were my picks of the sale," said Brown. "He's for an existing owner but I don't know where he will be trained."

Oak Tree Farm gets £50,000 for Antonius Pius colt
Owner Norman Steel, buying through agent Gill Richardson, saw off Lancashire-based owner David Armstrong to get a £50,000 Antonius Pius colt sold by Norman and Janet Williamson's Oak Tree Farm.

"He breezed very well and we loved him," said Steel, who retired from his various business interests in 2004. "We got into racing in 2006 and although we're from County Kildare we have all our horses over here. We have nine with Ann Duffield, who isour main trainer, but this one will be going to Richard Fahey, with who we have one horse at the moment."

Time t0 "batten down the hatches" says Willie Browne
The day's biggest consignor was Willie Browne's Mocklershill Stables and he was happy to find homes for all bar one of almost 20 horses he had taken to Doncaster.

"It was hard work and I think this is a year to battendown the hatches - I said beforehand that if you could get your money back that was the main thing and we have been covering our expenses," said Browne.

"But there is a bottom to the market for once and horses have been changing hands - I sold all bar one, which can't be bad. But horses like the £72,000 Pivotal were worth a lot more than they made."





Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882