The Doncaster Premier yearling sale achieved across the board increases on Wednesday. The first of two sessions recorded increases in turnover (19%), average (4%) and median (12%) compared to the opening day last year.
Coolmore colt Gale Force Ten (Oasis Dream) sold for 280,000 pounds at the 2011 DBS auction before finishing second in this year’s G2 Norfolk Stakes and his Dubawi half-brother was always going to be popular on Wednesday.
Darley agents John Ferguson and David Loder outbid the competition for the Stowell Hill Stud consigned Dubawi colt at 180,000 pounds. “We liked him an awful lot and he by an exceptional sire,” said Loder. “We liked the yearling last year but missed out and Sheikh Mohammed was very keen to buy the horse.”
Ferguson also did best in a duel with Coolmore agent M V Magnier to buy a New Approach filly out of G2 winning mare Monturani (Indian Ridge). She cost 130,000 pounds.
A Holy Roman Emperor filly from the immediate family of Dream Ahead made 120,000 pounds to the bid of agent Tony Nerses. Offered by Camas Park Stud, she was purchased by on behalf of Saleh Al Homaizi. Nerses also paid 110,000 pounds for a Dutch Art filly from Houghton Bloodstock.
Next on the leader-board was an Acclamation colt offered by Rathbarry Stud that realised 105,000 pounds. He was purchased by owner-breeder David Armstrong who has enjoyed a fantastic season with last-start G1 July Cup winner Mayson.
DBS managing director Henry Beeby was delighted with the results. “It was an excellent day’s trade with a real buzz from start to finish,” he said. “All of the big names where bidding and we look forward to another lovely day tomorrow.”
Doncaster Bloodstock reported the following Day 1 figures; Turnover (6.38 million pounds), average (28,763 pounds) and median (23,500 pounds).
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