A colt by Irish-based Lawman brought the highest overall price at the Doncaster premier yearling sale, selling to Amanda Skiffington for £215,000 ($333,870) in United States funds) on the final day Aug. 28.
A remarkable clearance rate of 90% was confirmation of sustained demand throughout the two days of trading, and the sale posted healthy gains in total revenue, average price, and median.
Overall, 410 of 458 horses offered were sold for a cumulative aggregate of £13,300,750 ($20,656,732), marking a 25% gain from last year. The cumulative average price was up 21% to £32,441 ($50,382), and median price rose 25% to £25,000 ($38,825).
"That points to a really solid sale headlined by four lots at £200,000 ($310,605) and over (compared with none last year) and double the number of six-figure transactions backed up by significantly more yearlings realizing over £50,000 ($77,651)," said Henry Beeby, managing director of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales.
The sale-topping Lawman colt was one of three horses to bring £200,000 or more on day two.
Acting for an unidentified client, Skiffington landed the winning bid over Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold to acquire the bay colt, who was offered by breeder John Tuthill's Irish-based Owenstown Stud. His dam, Zuniga's Date, by Diesis, was a winner in France,who has produced three winners from four to race. Notable members of the extended family include German standout Pomellato and U.S. grade I winner Running Flame.
Skiffington said the colt was simply best yearling on offer at the sale.
"I think he would have been at any sale," she told Racing Post. "He was just a lovely, lovely colt from an excellent farm."
Lawman, a 9-year-old son of Invincible Spirit, stands at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland.
Sheikh Joann Al Thani of Qatar bought the highest priced horse on day one Aug. 27 as bloodstock agent Nicolas de Watrigant went to £210,000 ($326,451) on his behalf for a racey colt from the first crop of Irish-based Fast Company from consignor Glacken View. The price was the sale's second highest overall.
The colt is out of the winning Fantastic Light mare Tawaafur, and de Watrigant, too, believes the Fast Company colt was sale's marquee yearling.
"He was the best horse at the sale—an absolute standout—and I just fell in love with him," de Watrigant told Racing Post.
A pair of colts by Dark Angel brought the sale's third-highest price of £200,000 on day two.
Jimmy Murphy's Redpender Stud, Ireland, sold a half brother to 2013 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Eng-II) winner Toormore
to the father-son team of Peter and Ross Doyle. The colt is out of the Danetime
mare Danetime Out
Gay O'Callaghan's Yeomanstown Stud, Ireland, the sale's leading consignor, sold a full brother to the listed-placed Mecca's Angel
for the same amount to Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate Co., the sale's leading buyer. The gray colt is out of stakes-placed Folga
, by Atraf
European champion and classic winner Makfi
, whose first foals are yearlings, led the sires list with two horses sold for an average price of £132,500 ($205,771), including a filly out of the winning Common Grounds
mare Aunty Mary
for £155,000 ($240,695) to BBA Ireland at the sale's final session.
The filly was offered in the Hillwood Stud consignment on behalf of breeder Qatar Bloodstock.
Makfi, a 6-year-old son of Dubawi, stands at Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire. Ten of his yearlings at the Arqana Deauville August yearling sale averaged €126,250.
Yeomanstown Stud sold nine horses for £536,500 ($833,191) to lead all vendors, while Shadwell Estates spent £1,577,000 ($2,449,100) for 19 horses to top the buyers list.
"This year we were blessed with some lovely weather which really put the icing on the cake after last year's monsoon like conditions. All in all a very good two days," Beeby said.