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Horse Racing: Beeby keen to avoid future clashes, but 'co-operation needed with all parties' BLOODSTOCK DESK.

Byline: By Rachel Pagones

DONCASTER BLOODSTOCK SALES is planning to move its November auction to December next year to avoid conflicting with the breeding-stock sale conducted in November by its Irish affiliate, Goffs.

Tentative dates for the DBS sale are December 4-5, creating the possibility of an overlap with the last day of rival British auction house Tattersalls' December Mares' Sale.

However, Goffs-DBS group chief executive Henry Beeby says he will do everything in his power to avoid future clashes with Tattersalls and its Irish subsidiary, Tattersalls Ireland.

The latter is at an impasse in a dispute with Goffs over a clash between the last day of its twoweek November National Hunt Sale and the first day of the Goffs November Foal and Breeding Stock Sale. A meeting held by the National Hunt committee of the ITBA last week failed to resolve the issue.

The increasing number of foals produced commercially has clogged the sales calendar with more and longer auctions. The result is ever fewer blank days.

Last year the DBS November sale conflicted with both the Goffs November sale and an Arqana sale at Saint-Cloud.

Although the DBS auction enjoyed record turnover, Beeby expressed his frustration at the three-way clash in his closing statement, and said he would be holding talks with the other sales companies, including Tattersalls, to try to find a solution.

Yesterday he said the move, while "not ideal", was anything but an attempt to incite conflict.

"The point is it would be lunacy for Goffs and DBS to clash with each other," he said.

"It's more a desperate measure than anything. We will do everything we can to be sure there is no clash of category."

Beeby said it was his goal to avoid future clashes with Tattersalls and Tattersalls Ireland, and that he intended to meet with the leadership of both companies in January to discuss the way forward.

"We'll work very hard, very strenuously, to make this not a problem anymore," he said.

"There was a clash of sales dates this year due to an unprecedented number of horses entered at Goffs' November sale.

"We will do everything in our power to avoid future clashes. But we need co-operation from all parties."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2007
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