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Tricky Trickster: the National Hunt Chase winner is headed to the sales

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Festival winners head DBS Spring entries

CHELTENHAM Festival winners Tricky Trickster and Finger Onthe Pulse head the confirmed entries for a trimmed DBS Spring Horses in Training Sale on May 19-21.

A supplementary catalogue for the sale, which last year grossed £6,141,225 and averaged £16,076, willbe released at a later date.

National Hunt Chase winner Tricky Trickster will be offered by the Million In Mind partnership, whose annual drafts at this sale have yielded the top-flight performers Voy Por Ustedes and Afsoun.

Paul Nicholls also sends through a strong draft led by Becher Chase winner Mr Pointment and the high-class chaser Natal.

Also set to go through the ring are exciting bumper performers such as Sitting Tennant, winner of the John Smith's Champion Bumper at Aintree earlier this month, Ballymak, Titus Andronicus and Born To Perform.

As usual, the sale will offer a host of classy point-to-pointers including recent ten-length winner Coastley and Thenford Ryde, who broke his maiden at Garthorpe by 20 lengths.

DBS managing director Henry Beeby is delighted with the standard of entries, saying: "The sale is packed full of quality horses, from point-to-point winners to Cheltenham Festival winners, and when looking at the proven track record of this sale we firmly believe that this catalogue contains the finest selection of horses in training to be offered this year.

"Many vendors have predicted a reduced market for the lesser horses and have therefore decided to keep those at home and we are happy to have compiled a smaller catalogue of high class racehorses that will be extremely well received by purchasers at all levels."

Quality entries for DBS Spring Store Sale

A total of seven siblings to Group/Grade 1 winners are among the entries for the Spring Store Sale on May 27-28.

Two of the most eye-catching lots are a Kayf Tara half-brother to popular stayer Sergeant Cecil and a Turtle Island half-sister to the exciting novice chaser Herecomesthetruth, himself a 24,000gns purchase at this sale in 2005.

The gelding's consignors that day, Futureate Ltd, have another strong draft this time around headed by an Oscar half-brother to the Grade 1-placed Oulart.

Trickledown Stud is also well represented, with a brother to the top-class French jumper Line Marineand a Milan half-sister to Darkness catalogued under their banner.

"Our inspection team have, once again, stuck by some strict guidelines in order to put together a top-class catalogue that contains everything from early bumper horses to the later maturing three-mile chasers," says Beeby.

"We are delighted that vendors have worked with us and helped to compile one of the best store catalogues that we have seen in recent years and we are confident that their loyalty will be rewarded."

Last year's renewal saw 207 horses sell for a total of £3,745,650 and average of £18,094.

Catalogues for both sales will be available by post and online at from Thursday.






King's Theatre £1,142,569
Presenting £1,058,475
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,012
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,044
Midnight Legend £595,332
Stowaway £503,470