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Doncaster Summary: Average Up 2%
In the sale ring, 437 yearlings sold for 10,808,000 guineas (A$28.1m) at the 4-day Doncaster St Leger Sale, reported thoroughbredinternet.com. That was down 4.5% on last year's 467 sold for 11,319,200 guineas (A$29.4m). However the 24,734 guineas (A$63,300) average was up 2% on last year's 24,238 guineas (A$63,000) average. Doncaster's managing director Henry Beeby told racingpost.co.uk: "This sale has grown every year since 1998, during which time the average has risen by 119%. It is the only major European yearling sale that has had a year-on-year average rise in that time & this reflects both the increasing quality of the horses in the sales paddocks & their racecourse exploits. Taking all this into account, it is inevitable there will be a consolidation of figures at some point & we were expecting figures roughly the same as last year & so have been very pleased with the market. Every major player we could have expected has been here at some point during the week & people now see this sale as a source of top-class racehorses. Despite the rise in figures, this sale still represents tremendous value with what you might find elsewhere."