The keenly-watched Premier Yearling Sales at DBS attracted spirited bidding from owners and trainers keen to snap up tomorrow’s racing stars.
The DBS Premier Yearling Sales are renowned for producing potential champions; Group One winner Reckless Abandon was bought there on behalf of Own1-featured co-owner Julie Deadman last year for just £24,000.
This year’s August sale, at DBS’s Doncaster sales complex, brought an average price of £26,892 and a median £20,000 for the 395 colts and fillies sold.
DBS Managing Director Henry Beeby said: “We have enjoyed some excellent prices and a consistent trade, with eight lots realising £100,000 or more.
“The DBS Premier Yearling Sales are very important to us but also to the British and Irish bloodstock industry as they set a tone that is often followed throughout the autumn. On that basis the industry should be quietly confident of a steady and solid round of sales in 2012 as we have been delighted to return some really good results once again.”
Topping this week’s sale was a bay colt from the first crop of the multiple Group 1 winning Mastercraftsman (pictured), who was bought by Eddie Fitzpatrick of Ireland’s Coolmore stud for £185,000.
Suffolk trainer John Ferguson saw star potential in two horses – a colt which is half-brother to the successful Gale Force Ten which went for £180,000, an Invincible Colt filly for £115,000
Henry Beeby added: “There is nothing complicated about the DBS Premier Sales and maybe that is its biggest draw – a catalogue of good, sharp, commercial yearlings that appeal to any buyer looking for a cracking two year old like Reckless Abandon, Olympic Glory etc. who may just train on like Excelebration or Canford Cliffs. Simple really…!”