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Doncaster Breeze Up Sale Celebrates Another Record Sale

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The drive to secure runners for the much-coveted Royal Ascot meeting saw buyers from around the world secure horses at today’s record Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale at Doncaster which has become the world’s leading 2YO source of recent Royal winners with six in six years.

The sale enjoyed a record return in 2021, surpassing the figures achieved before the pandemic, and the signs were positive coming into the 2022 edition with a timely win from leading graduate Perfect Power on Saturday hinting at what could be a strong week for the sale. Further buoyed by a successful breeze on Doncaster Racecourse on Tuesday – trade in the ring delivered with an international audience driving the sale to new records again, headlined by a record turnover, average and median.  

A record 17 lots were sold for six-figure sums today, surpassing last year’s 15, and topping the sale was Bushypark Stables’ colt (Lot 97) which received a timely boost earlier this week with his sire Tasleet, a graduate of the Doncaster Premier Sale, enjoying his first winner on the track. After completing a very impressive breeze on Tuesday, he attracted bids from around the ring before selling to Blandford Bloodstock for £230,000. Blandford Bloodstock purchased nine lots in total and will be looking to add to their impressive list of Doncaster Breeze Up graduates – currently headed by live classic contenders Light Infantry and dual Group 1 winner Perfect Power.

Ballinahulla Stables’ Munnings colt (Lot 177) shone late in the sale with a lengthy bidding dual going the way of Colm Sharkey’s final bid of £205,000. Three lots met or surpassed the £200,000 mark, the other being Tally Ho Stud’s Mehmas colt (Lot 94) which sold to Michael O'Callaghan for £200,000. O'Callaghan will be hoping to emulate the deeds of last season’s Group winning 2YO Twilight Jet, who he purchased from Tally Ho last year, and is being aimed at Royal Ascot’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup in June.  

Another which will be targeting the Royal meeting following a smart breeze is Star Bloodstock’s Kessaar colt (Lot 26) which was purchased by Blandford Bloodstock, De Burgh Equine and Australian based James Harron for £160,000. Star Bloodstock have a proven record at the Royal meeting having produced A’Ali to win the Norfolk Stakes in 2019. A further two lots met the £160,000 mark with Tally Ho Stud’s Kodiac colt (Lot 92) knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock and Bansha House Stables’ Kessaar colt (Lot 114) selling to Oliver St Lawrence Bloodstock.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented on another record Doncaster Breeze Up Sale:

“As ever with a Breeze Up Sale, vendors can only expect to be paid for those that perform their very best when galloping prior to sale and those that ticked all the boxes sold very well today. A record breaking 17 horses sold for £100,000 or more, with three making more than £200,000, which helped to return a record average price that was just shy of £50,000 for the first time in the sale's history. These highlights also included a phenomenal pinhook for Bushypark Stud with a £14,000 Premier Yearling realising £230,000 to top today’s sale – an incredible result for connections and congratulations to the Bushypark team.

“These were the highlights of a fantastic few days in sunny Donny and, as ever, we would like to thank our loyal band of vendors who again prepared some truly exceptional horses to showcase their talents on Town Moor.

“Much of the talk during the last few days has been the search for Royal Ascot runners as this sale has an unrivalled record of success at the Royal meeting. This fact was not lost on James Harron and his team who will be donning their Top Hat and Tails in just eight weeks’ time after buying two potential runners for new connections in partnership with Stuart Boman and Hubie De Burgh. It is always great to welcome new buyers to Doncaster and we wish them and others the very best of luck with their runners. We are sure that they will be following in the footsteps of Perfect Power and others at Ascot in June and we look forward to being there to cheer them home.”
 
2022 Statistics
Offered: 158
Sold: 130 (82%)
Aggregate: £6,467,500 (+4%)
Average: £49,750 (+2%)
Median: £36,000 (+6%) 

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