Darley sires top leader board at Doncaster 2YO Sale

Darley sires Hard Spun, Teofilo and Shamardal dominated the upper reaches of the Doncaster Bloodstock 2YO Sale on Wednesday.

The Hard Spun – Saudia colt topped the sale at 140,000 pounds.  He was purchased by Sean Quinn from the Mocklershill consignment after costing just $15,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.  “He has everything – the looks, the pedigree and he galloped,” Quinn said.  “He’s been bought for Peter Clay and I think he’s a two-year-old type.’

The sale-topper’s dam is a winning daughter of G1 winner Bint Pasha (Yorkshire Oaks & Prix Vermeille)

Robin O’Ryan was under-bidder for the Hard Spun colt but he did better when buying the Teofilo colt out of G3 winner Mamela for 110,000 pounds.

O’Ryan bought Royal Ascot winner Marine Commado at the 2010 Doncaster 2YO Sale for trainer Richard Fahey and the Teofilo colt is destined for the same stables.

Agent David Redvers, just back from the Inglis Broodmare Sale, accompanied Sheikh Fahad al Thani at Doncaster and they bought colts by Shamardal and Compton Place.

The Shamardal is out of stakes performer Genoa and was valued at 105,000 pounds.  “He was one of the most impressive breezers,” Redvers said.  “Apart from Dubawi, there’s no other stallion on fire like Shamardal and this colt has a stallion’s pedigree.”

The Compton Place colt was a 90,000 pounds buy and is out of the Listed winner Our Little Secret.  He was offered by Yeomanstown Stud after making 20,000 guineas as a yearling.

A timely update worked wonders for Grove Stud’s Dubawi filly when she sold to Norman Steel for 80,000 pounds.  She is a half sister to Barefoot Lady (Footstepsinthesand) who also races in Steel’s colours.  Barefoot Lady earned a place in the G1 English 1000 Guineas with a G3 victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket last week.

‘The Breeze-Up Sale staged a strong comeback last year following a tough sale in 2009,” DBS managing director Henry Beeby commented.  “We are obviously very pleased to have returned another set of improved figures with an average that increased by 10% to 29,206 pounds.”

“The market remains selective with fierce competition for the best, good interest in the middle range but weakness at the bottom.  The clear message is that the focus must be on quality.”