Prices Up During Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale's First Session

The Doncaster breeze-up sale in England got off to a quick start Wednesday, posting major gains. The 108 horses sold grossed 1,930,400 guineas (approximately $3,727,602 in U.S. funds) and averaged 17,874 guineas ($34,515). The median was 14,000 guineas ($27,034). Compared to last year, the gross and average rose 48% and 40%, respectively. The median grew 33%. Only three of the 111 horses offered failed to find new homes.

A Diesis colt from the consignment of Mocklershill Stables brought the top price of 90,000 guineas ($173,790). Howard Johnson was the buyer. The colt is out of the winning Lyphard mare Polly's Link, who is a half-sister to French group III and Hong Kong Gold Cup winner Polly's Ark. Mark Dwyer purchased the Diesis colt for $35,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale.

.Johnson also purchased the session's second-highest-priced horse, an 80,000-guinea ($154,480) King of Kings--Vena colt that was consigned by Kirriemuir Stud. The colt is a 2002 graduate of the Keeneand November breeding stock sale, where Olin Gentry purchased him for $85,000. The colt also went through the ring as a yearling at Goffs in September of last year. He sold for the equivalent of $21,747. The colt's dam, a daughter of Danehill, placed in stakes in England and the United States.