08/26/2008 12:00AM

Doncaster sale gains


The St. Leger yearling sale at Doncaster Bloodstock Sales in England easily outdid last year’s numbers Tuesday at its first of three sessions.

The opening session sold 144 of 166 yearlings on offer for about $9,920,704, resulting in an average price of about $68,894 and a median price of approximately $49,959. Compared year to year in British pounds sterling, the gross was up 14 percent from last season’s opener, when 139 horses sold. The average price rose 10 percent, and the median was up 9 percent.

The session-topper was a colt from the first crop of Irish and French champion Dubawi and out of the American-bred Lear Fan mare Hasten. Mali Albasti picked up the colt, a half-brother to two winners, for about $402,600, or 220,000 British pounds, after outbidding Shadwell Estate representative Angus Gold. The colt is from the family of Group 3 winner Fantastic View. Hillwood Bloodstock was the consignor.

Dubawi, a three-time Group 1 winner, is a son of the ill-fated sire Dubai Millennium, who produced only a single crop before succumbing to grass sickness in 2001.

The auction was to continue through Thursday at the DBS pavilion in Doncaster.