Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale Reaches New Heights

The Doncaster breeze-up sale ended its record-setting run Thursday in England, posting its highest ever gross revenue, average price, and median price.

Henry Beeby, Donacaster's managing director, described the two-day auction as "truly solid, showing tremendous depth from start to finish."

The 206 horses sold grossed 3,889,700 guineas (approximately $7,514,900 in U.S. funds) and averaged 18,882 guineas ($36,480). The median was 15,000 guineas ($28,980). Only 12 of the 218 horses offered failed to find new homes.

Compared to a year ago, the gross was up 38% while the average and median increased 37% and 43%, respectively.

Topping the sale was a 92,000-guinea ($177,744) son of Intidab. Bloodstock agent Bobby O'Ryan purchased the colt for Graeme Redpath, according to the Racing Post. The colt's consignor was Bansha House Stables.

Intidab (by Phone Trick), whose first crop races this year, stands at Gallager's Stud in New York for a fee of $3,500 live foal. He is owned by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm.

The sale-topping colt is out of the 9-year-old winning Dayjur mare Kheyrah, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Golden Halala (by Slew o' Gold). A New York-bred, the colt was sold as a yearling by Lakland, agent, for $21,000 to Cordebes Farm at the 2003 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s January mixed sale. He also was sold at Goff's last year for 30,000 euros ($35,115).