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Bobby O'Ryan bought both top lots from the Shadwell clearout

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Shadwell cast-off pair top DBS April HiT Sale

DONCASTER'S April Sale on Thursday may have been robbed of its glitz following the withdrawal of Scottish National winner Beshabar and Inler from the Findlay family dispersal, but there was still solid competition for the best of those who did showup, leading to an 83 per cent clearance rate.

The two standouts proved to be consecutive lots in a clearout by Hamdan Al Maktoum and both were bought by County Kildare agent Bobby O’Ryan.

Five-year-old Taameer, who finished second in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes as a juvenile for Marcus Tregoning, made £53,000 after O’Ryan saw off Steve Hillen and he was preceded into the ring by Sulwaan.

The dual winner for Mark Johnston made £52,000, the same amount he had originally cost as a yearling at Doncaster. Fledgling trainer Seamus Durack was underbidder.

"They are for two different clients in Ireland to run on the Flat and over jumps. They were a lovely pair of horses and I am not sure who will train them. Taameer is entire so I’d think he’d be gelded before he does anything else," said O’Ryan.

DBS managing director Henry Beeby said: "The decision to link today’s April Horses In Training Sale to the ever successful DBS Breeze-Up Sale has clearly been vindicated with a strong and vibrant trade from start to finish, most notable for an exceptional HIT clearance rate of 83 per cent and 43 per cent rise in turnover from similar numbers.

"Following yesterday’s 10 per cent rise in average we have been pleased to record another 24 per cent increase with all the statistics showing improvement over last year which, it should be remembered, recorded gains of 40 per cent over 2009.

"Today’s trade graphically illustrates that the tried and tested DBS format of selling form horses in a straightforward manner to the highest standards of auctioneering and integrity is a formula appreciated by our wide diversification of clients who flock to Doncaster sale after sale.

"We have welcomed clients old and new to our sales complex over the last two days and countless numbers have continued to comment on the excellence of the facilities we provide whilst, of course, there is no doubt the beautiful weather helped, allowing Doncaster to well and truly live up to it’s "Sunny Donny" nickname!

"All of these positive factors allow us to look forward to our market leading Spring Sales for National Hunt Stores and Horses In Training with some confidence. The HIT sector has becomeincreasingly competitive in recent years which is most beneficial to the industry and we relish the challenges it provides as we are supremely confident of the top-class service and results we have provided over the last 49 years."

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