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Horse Racing: New dates for a pair of major auctions; BLOODSTOCK WORLD.

Byline: Rachel Pagones, Amy Bennett and Nancy Sexton

TWO of the sale calendar's most prominent auctions will undergo a revamp this year. The DBS Spring Sales, among the premier jumps sales, will be divided into two separate catalogues, each taking place a week apart rather than being held over five consecutive days as has been the case in the past.

In contrast to the former order of sale, the store horses, which comprise a select sale, will be sold a week after the horses in training and point-to-pointers. The latter group will be offered from May 20- 22, while store horses will be sold from May 28-29.

"For many years vendors and purchasers have asked us why we insist on putting the cart before the horse by selling the stores before owners know how much their horses in training have realised," said DBS managing director Henry Beeby.

"The new format will allow us to do exactly what has been requested and we hope it will be another step forward in the rejuvenation of the National Hunt store market in Britain."

The Spring Sales have sold the world's highest-priced jumps horse in each of the last six years and also set a record for the highest-priced point-to-pointer sold at auction.

All store horses can be made eligible for the pounds 50,000 DBS Spring Sales Bumper at Newbury in March. Their catalogue will be graded, with the first session the premier one.

The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will also undergo a makeover, returning to its previous time slot in late September. The auction, reduced from three days to two, will now be held this year from September 23-24, the week before the Goffs Million Sale.

George Mernagh, managing director, said the sale had been shortened "partly because we feel it would suit overseas buyers better, and also we have a very good alternative in the yearling section of the December Flat Sale for yearlings who would benefit from the extra couple of months".
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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