Tally Ho colt sets DBS record
Tue, 24th Apr, 2012
Exceed and Excel sale topper
Tony and Roger O’Callaghan’s Tally Ho Stud broke the second record in as many weeks when selling the highest priced DBS Breezer ever at £300,000.
Lot 138 had been bought by Bobby O’Ryan on behalf of the Mullingar operation for £43,000 at the DBS Premier Sales 2011 and the son of Exceed and Excel, out of the Group 2 Flying Childers winner Wunders Dream, was always going to be popular after he breezed fantastically well on Town Moor.
DBS auctioneer Jeremy Mactaggart opened the bidding at £50,000 for the two-year-old but the figure soon got in to a healthy six figure sum before Richard O’Gorman and David Redvers were left to make the final exchanges with Redvers having the final say at £300,000.
The colt has been bought for Qatar Racing, which is Sheikh Fahad and his brothers, including Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Suhaim, who are responsible for the QIPCO sponsorship and enjoyed Royal Ascot success with Frederick Engels last year.
The progeny of Street Boss have sold extremely well in recent weeks and the sole offering at the DBS Breeze Up Sales was another to prove popular when selling to Stephen Hillen for £120,000. Offered by Knockanglass Stables, the colt had cost $22,000 in September last year and provided a healthy return for connections.
Hillen was the first buyer to breach the six figure barrier when buying an Avonbridge half-brother to Bogart for £100,000. Consigned by Mocklershill, the colt will be trained by Bogart’s trainer Kevin Ryan.
Following the conclusion of the sale, DBS Managing Director Henry Beeby said:
“Tally-Ho Stud are the only remaining vendor from the first European Breeze-Up at Doncaster back in 1977 so it is fitting that they have enjoyed a spectacular result at the 35th renewal of the DBS Breeze-Up.
"Their £300,000 for the Exceed and Excel–Wunders Dream colt sets new record for this sale and caps a remarkable and much deserved week for the O’Callaghan family.
"This pinhooking triumph was one of many today and we are again indebted to our loyal band of Breeze-Up consignors who provide us with an excellent bunch of breezers every year.
"This sale has made solid advances over the last two years so we are delighted to have consolidated those gains this year especially in connection with the clearance rate and the median price which has advanced by 20% and we look forward to cheering home the next Dream Ahead as the sale will undoubtedly be the source of a plethora of classy winners.
"Every sale offers its challenges and a Breeze-Up has more outside factors at play than most.
"One such critical factor is the ground upon which the two year olds breeze and it is fair to say that it wasn’t at its best last year. However we must pay tribute to the Doncaster Racecourse team who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to produce excellent ground which was universally acclaimed by vendors and purchasers alike.
" It was a shame that it was softened by some heavy rain over the last 48 hours and during the breeze itself but our ever professional band of vendors coped admirably with the rain when it came.
"One less than satisfactory issue has been with IT and specifically our failure to post the Breeze-Up work on our website which has inconvenienced a number of buyers. We offer no excuses as it is simply not good enough in this day and age and we give our absolute assurance that there will be no repetition in the future.
"However that doesn’t take away from the problems caused so I apologise to everyone as we pride ourselves on providing a top class service and have failed in this respect.
"For now we extend our thanks to each and every vendor and purchaser and wish them every success on the track.”
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