Last year, the BBAG Yearling Sale noted an overall increase of 30%, this year, they were able to top that result again by 3%. Even with the median being down, the average went up again by another 4,2%. The positive trend of last year has gone on, and this should be encouraging to the domestic breeders and vendors.
The yearlings were of excellent quality with matching pedigrees, and especially the high rate of foreign buyers marked a very positive sign. These included leading agents such as John Ferguson Bloodstock and Peter Doyle who also bought some yearlings with the South African Derek Brugman which are to remain in Germany, just as well as French and Russian clients and even the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The Managing Director Carola Ortlieb was naturally more than pleased and stated: „We managed a further increase again this year, and even with the median being down,the average price has gone up again. Along with the high quality standard of the yearlings and their presentation we are, of course, more than happy with the result.“
The total aggregate reached 5.647.500 Euros (2011: 5.491.500) for 168 (166) lots sold which relates to an average price of 33.617 Euros (33.081) and a Median of 30.000 (32.000). The leading vendors were Stiftung Gestüt Fährhof followed by the agents Ronald Rauscher and Jamie Railton, Stauffenberg Bloodstock and the studs Etzean and Karlshof. The top buyers were the South African Derek Brugman with Peter Doyle ahead of trainer Andreas Wohler, John Ferguson and Jean-Pierre Deroubaix. The most sought after sires were the international stars Dubawi and New Approach followed by the Monsun horse Shirocco and the leading young sire Soldier Hollow.
Top German trainer Andreas Wohler had the last bid at 320.000 Euros for the sales topper when securing lot 175 from the consignment of Ronald Rauscher. The daughter of Dubawi is the second foal bred from the juvenile winning Freud mare Elusive Flash who also ran Group placed in the Fred Darling Stakes at three. Her sire is by Storm Cat and she is closely related to the extremely tough and game Stakes horses Sadie's Dream and Sweeping Analysis.
Jamie Railton also enjoyed a good day for his first time at the BBAG Yearling Sale with his consignment's top lot being Gestut Hof Ittlingen's lot 202 which was knocked down to FBA - Jean-Pierre Deroubaix for 240.000 Euros. The colt is by the deceased champion sire Montjeu out of the Group placed Monsun mare Lysuna who already had the Listed placed Lyssio from a mating with Montjeu's Epsom Derby winning son Motivator.
Gestut Fahrhof's lot 197 realised 210.000 Euros and was secured by John Ferguson Bloodstock who bought this daughter of Dansili out of a Singspiel half-sister to Danedream's sire Lomitas for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum with the filly also being an own sister to the juvenile Stakes performer La Dawa.John Ferguson also bought Gestut Wittekindshof's lot 63, a very handsome Authorized colt out of the Group I German Oaks heroine Rosenreihe.
Gestut Fahrhof's second highest priced lot was lot 57 at 180.000 Euros which was knocked down to Manfred Hofer. The colt is by the red-hot first season sire New Approach and out of the Listed placed Big Shuffle mare Praia as a half-sister to the juvenile Group I victrix Paita plus Praia already being the dam of last year's Listed winning and Group placed juvenile Paraisa. 180.000 Euros was also the price for Gestut Karlshof's Dubawi filly Kaiserwurde (lot 189) which was snatched up by Peter Doyle Bloodstock. The filly is an own sister to the Group III winning Kapitale who ran fourth in the Beverly D Stakes at the highest level in the United States only a week ago plus being a half-sister to the German Derby hero and champion colt Kamsin.