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Lucinda Russell: top lot by same sire as her late stable star Brindisi Breeze

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Russell to train £100k DBS store top lot

DONCASTER'S smallest modern-day Spring Sale finished on Thursday with a solid day of stores that was headed by a trio of sons of the late King's Theatre, realising £100,000, £95,000 and £92,000.

A three-way battle for the top lot , a three-year-old out of the useful Cresswell Native, saw Tom Malone prevail with his six-figure bid, £5,000 ahead of underbidder Colin Tizzard, and £10,000 in front of owner Steve Fleetham.

"He's going to Lucinda Russell, who lost a lovely horse by King's Theatre in Brindisi Breeze," said Malone. "The sire was very talented and he passed away last year so his stock are going to become ever scarcer."

Tizzard had earlier outbid Fleetham, standing with trainer Anthony Honeyball, for the £95,000 King's Theatre, an imposing three-year-old out of the Doncaster Listed bumper Karello Bay, offered by Jess McKie through Goldford Stud. The June-born gelding had been bought for £26,000 at Doncaster in January 2010.

"He was just a lovely horse and I thought he might be a bit cheaper than that but the underbidders knew what they were doing," said Tizzard, who was buying for Garth and Anne Broom's Brocade Racing. "We'll break him in straightaway and see where we are in the autumn."

Bobby O'Ryan saw off Malone for the £92,000 King's Theatre gelding, a four-year-old sharing his grandam with Punchestown Festival Grade 1 Novice Chase winner Lucky William.

"The sire is going to be a big loss and this was a lovely stamp of a horse who has been bought for a client in Ireland," said O'Ryan.
Harry Fry, who oversees Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby at Paul Nicholls' satellite yard, struck early to get a £62,000 Shirocco three-year-old out of River Don Novices' Hurdle winner Diamant Noir sold by Goldford Stud.

"He was a lovely individual with quite a forward type of page. He's the sort of horse that could go for a bumper in the spring. We'll get him home and sort out who he races for," said Fry.

The first foal of Listed bumper winner Swaythe, a three-year-old Presenting gelding, is set to join his mother's trainer Paul Webber after making £50,000.

"I've been up to see Swaythe at Goldford Stud and she has been getting some lovely foals. This fellow was gorgeous and I have bought him on spec, I'm looking for an owner," said Webber.

This was the smallest store section at the sale since 1983 and Richard Aston of Goldford Stud, the dominant vendor yesterday as in many of the intervening years, felt trade was better than he was anticipating.
"It has probably been better than I was expecting and has been similar to last year," said Aston. "But it has still been tough, the good horses always sell themselves anywhere but the fillies are a hard sell."

Although the three-day sale grossed just over £5 million, marginally below the 2011 figure and the lowest aggregate since 1999, it has been a more reflection of a catalogue lacking some star lots than any lack of demand. Indeed yesterday's store section boasted a much greater buzz than in the past couple of years.

It may not have been the greatest-ever Spring Sale to coincide with a week in which DBS celebrated its half century but the company can look ahead to the next 50 years with a fair degree of optimism.





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