the sales men
Are there any new names / consignments out there at all? We are delighted to see Voute Sales back as consignors, whilst two notable newcomers are Car Colston Stud, whose draft includes a half-sister to Soldier Hollow, and Ballylinch Stud, which is sending a four-strong consignment that includes a particularly attractive Lawman colt.
You cut back on numbers last year for the St Leger Sale: is this repeated this year? The St Leger Festival Sale was a great success last year with a 30 per cent leap in average and median and vendors have reacted accordingly with an unprecedented number nominated. It has been a struggle to contain the sale to one evening and the numbers are 128.
Henry Beeby: looking forward to the Premier Sale
I think it will remain a buyers’ market though and purchasers will be unforgiving of any perceived weaknesses on paper or in the flesh
The Premier Sale plateaued last year with figures broadly the same as 2009: do you think gains can be made this year? Last year we consolidated our position and stopped the rot. The most significant factor was a 10 per cent rise in clearance rate to 81 per cent and this resulted from a sale with a real buzz. We are pleased with this year’s catalogue which has some excellent pages and are confident the physicals will be as good as ever. Are your numbers catalogued roughly the same as last year? Roughly similar. We catalogued 467 horses last year and that number is slightly up in 2011 with 487. This reflects the improved quality we have been offered following the vibrant trade last year. Has a fall in the number of yearlings bred been evident to you and your sales team through the spring? Not really. As above we have been offered more quality yearlings this year. However, I think you will see the later sales reduced in numbers as it seems the lesser mares are not being covered. Are your usual vendors present in the same numbers and with the same force? All the DBS stalwarts are represented with their usual strong drafts headed by Trickledown Stud who have the largest consignment of 22.
Do you think the continuing stringent government measures will have an adverse effect on middle tier demand for racehorses? Quality will sell at all levels as has been proven over the past 12 to 18 months. I think it will remain a buyers’ market though and purchasers will be unforgiving of any perceived weaknesses on paper or in the flesh. The key to a successful sale seems to be demand from a number of key players and investors: is your catalogue going to be attractive to those names? We were delighted that our 2010 buyers included such leading buyers as Sir Robert Ogden, Andrew Tinkler, Demi O’Byrne, John Warren who may not be considered “typical” DBS buyers in the past. They competed with DBS stalwarts, such as Peter Doyle/ Richard Hannon, Brian Meehan/McKeever Bloodstock, Blandford Bloodstock and Gill Richardson. We have every reason to believe that a similar buying bench will return to Doncaster this year and would hope that the exploits of our graduates would encourage any absentees to give us a try. You’ve moved the sale back a few days….? Primarily to accommodate a request from Arqana who needed to move due to York’s Ebor meeting running onto Saturday. However, the extra week can only benefit the yearlings and we will always work with others to assist the industry Any stand-out lots? Plenty, but on paper, I suppose a New Approach colt from Brightwalton Stud especially catches the eye and he is a lovely type, as well as New England Stud’s Pivotal filly out of a sister to Namid, the half-sister to Memory and the recent Group 3 winner Remember Alexandra from Trickledown, and the half-brother to Wootton Bassett from Furnace Mill whose page is improving all the time. But DBS has always been about the individuals and all the team can highlight some stand-out lookers whilst we will undoubtedly miss a star! I would stress the fact that there are many more and some stock by notable sires including Dubawi, Shamardal, Teofilo, Dansili, Oasis Dream and Pivotal.
You’ve got a new one-day “carnival” sale on September 9: is there really room for another “boutique” one-day sale? This is different as the focus will be on horses from the Flat and our experiences at Newbury and Punchestown tell us that these events are popular at present. The reaction from potential vendors has been positive, so let’s reserve judgment until the day! Why hold it the day after the St Leger Sale, why not the day before so owners have some money in their pockets to reinvest? The St Leger Festival Yearling Sale is established on Thursday of the St Leger Festival and we felt the fit for owners selling hoses in training on the eve of the world’s oldest Classic was good – again we’ll see! It is a joint Goffs/DBS sale: are we going to see more sales branded like this? We have been slowly merging the brands over the last four years, whilst playing on the strengths of each venue and team but you will see more harmonisation between Goffs and DBS over time. In addition, this sale is one that we hope will appeal to horses from both sides of the Irish Sea. Do you think the bonus scheme is continuing to have a positive effect on demand? Do you think winning owners are reinvesting? Yes and yes. There is evidence of both and you only have to listen to the reports and comments of the winners of the bonuses to see it’s worth and value. The originators of the scheme deserve praise for their foresight and we have been delighted to lend our support from day one. Are you keeping the sales race the same? The DBS Premier Yearling Stakes has been the most successful sales race and has stood the test of time with quality winners, none more so than 2010 winner Wootton Bassett who progressed to Group 1 winner. We have made no changes to the format this year and look forward to another competitive renewal at York on August 18.
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