Red Duke: Group 2 winner topped last year's DBS Breeze-up SalePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Saoire colt among entries for DBS Breeze-up
DBS has released a catalogue of 192 juveniles for its Breeze-up Sale on April 22 - 23.
The number is virtually on a par with last year's renewal when 193 lots were catalogued. Of those 193, 158 made it to the ring and 112 were sold for a total of £3,183,500. The average rose ten per cent to £29,206.
Subsequent Superlative Stakes winner Red Duke topped the sale when selling to John Quinn for £140,000. Other recent top-class graduates include champion sprinter Dream Ahead, who sold for £36,000 to Blandford Bloodstock in 2009.
Red Duke's sire, Hard Spun, is the sire of three lots this time around including a colt out of the Grade 1-placed Princess Mitterand.
Brown Island Stables is the vendor of an Invincible Spirit colt out of Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Saoire while hailing from Yeomanstown Stud is a City Zip half-brother to last year's Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap winner Pool Play.
Dream Ahead: top sprinter cost £36,000 in 2009PICTURE: Getty Images
Henrythenavigator is the sire of a filly out of Grade 2 heroine Passified while Holy Roman Emperor is represented by a colt out of Prix Saint-Alary winner Ask For The Moon, dam of last season's smart juvenile Astrology. Diamond Green is the sire of a half-sister to the Group 1-winning sprinter Fayr Jag.
"Dream Ahead has been a fine advert for this sale and we are sure that there are similar to be found in 2012," said Henry Beeby, managing director of DBS.
"Any horse that is bought for just £36,000 before going on to win five Group 1 contests is going to make the headlines andwe are delighted that he will continue to advertise the sale for a long time to come now that he has retired to Ballylinch Stud.
"But these racecourse results can only be achieved with the expert preparation of a professional group of Breeze-Up vendors and they have again upped the quality of the two-year-olds on offer this year - both physically and the pedigrees that they bring with them - leaving the DBS team confident that the success of the previous graduates and the standard of horses on offer will encourage all of the major purchasers to buy at a sale that is a regular source of Group 1 success."
The following horses were catalogued incorrectly and should appear EBF nominated and not as shown:
Lot 10 Medaglia d'Oro ex Emily Ring
Lot 15 Rock Hard Ten ex Flip Side
Lot 72 Hard Spun ex Miss Cap
Lot 100 Hard Spun ex Princess Mitterand
Lot 144 City Zip ex Zuri Ridge