DGR Thoroughbred Services & DGR Bloodstock Services is the Sydney, Australia based bloodstock agency of Duncan Ramage. DGR is a leader in the selection and sale of yearlings, tried racehorses, broodmares and stallions both locally and internationally. It syndicates racehorses, manages broodmares and has a proven record in the design and management of stud farms.
Keeping Up Our Averages
Continuing our active but calculated buying at the 2018 yearling sales, DGR procured a further 6 yearlings from the Easter sessions I & II totalling a spend of $1,390,000. We were in line with the overall averages of the sale with $356,666 for session I compared with $347,634 or the overall sale and $106,660 vs the overall average of $117,500 for session II. But like earlier sales we do not think our horses were average at all to their peers! They are listed here with links to the Inglis website for those curious to see more Read more....
The most recent weeks have seen some of our previous purchases combine in the breeding shed to produce their own significant winners. Eurozone & Soft Landing combined to produce Cinderella Stakes Listed winner Krone putting first crop sire Eurozone on the map as a sire more than just being a name. Our former star So You Think, still flying the flag as Australia most successful racing export, combined with another former Group 1 winner Russeting to produce the very promising Ridicule who will be seen in stakes company in his own right very soon.
Sale ring graduates to win in the past weeks include Read more....
Weighing Into The New Zealand Market
Karaka 2018 has netted six new yearlings to join our now expanded list of trainers. All six are by champion, group 1 producing or burgeoning on track performers. This sale we have taken the step to take some of the guesswork out of purchases sticking with sires with the aforementioned on track records to be guided by. This team averaged NZ$203,333 with a median of $205,000. Our new stable of NZ’ers are Read more....
Still Punching In Heavyweight Contest
In our own right and in association with some of our “stable” of trainers, DGR was able to procure seven yearlings at a fiercely competitive and record making Magic Millions 2018 on the Gold Coast last week. Our seven averaged $137,142 which comes in very satisfactorily with the overall average of the sale of 225,831. Not that we think our horses are less than average or any way inferior to the “big bangers” but we believe in some restraint and the statistical pricing of the origins of the nation’s best horses. Our purchases were: - Read more....
Packing Some Punch on Boxing Day
26 December 2017
Some restructuring and change in personnel and trainers has left a time debit between updated news. In the lead up to 2018 we post our last story of 2017 for Boxing Day December 26th. Four runners stepped into the ring bearing the DGR purchase tag. Into The Abyss from the stable of John Thompson, a dominant 2yo debutant winner in a new class record at Randwick for long term clients Michael Alexeeff, Dato Tan Chin Nam and Matthew Sandblom. Read more....
Begg Lands Overdue City Win at Sandown
14 June 2017
Phoenix Park has given Grahame Begg his first city winners back following a training sabbatical.
Grahame Begg has described winning a midweek race at Sandown as like a Group One victory.
The former Sydney trainer, Begg was no stranger to Group One success during a career that began during the 1990s ahead of a sabbatical at the end of 2014. Read more....
Sebring colt wins for China Horse Club
13 June 2017
The China Horse Club celebrated a Warwick Farm victory on Monday with a promising staying type by Sebring.
Two year-old colt Heliosphere was fourth on debut at Randwick over 1400 metres at his first start last month and his trainer Gerald Ryan had no hesitation stepping him up to 1600 metres for his second assignment.
The baldy faced bay led throughout and despite wanting to over race in patches, he found the line like a tiger to hold off determined Foxwedge filly African Rainbow to win by a half head with nearly seven lengths back to the third horse. Read more....
First Win for Fastnet Blueblood
7 June 2017
As a half-sister to dual Group I winner Fiveandahalfstar by champion sire Fastnet Rock, this three year-old filly was an obvious choice as the ‘One to Watch’ on Wednesday.
Trained by James Cummings, Word Games led all the way on heavy ground and fought hard to the line to win the 1550 metre maiden by half length, successfully coming back in trip from a last start second at Hawkesbury over 2000 metres. Read more....
Purchases from the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
7 April 2017
DGR Thoroughbred Services are pleased to secure the following yearlings in the record breaking Inglis Easter Sale which concluded on Thursday.
Lot 149 Ch c Sebring x Fume Blanc for $250,000
Lot 263 Br f So You Think x Norbows Delight for $240,000
Purchases from the Inglis Classic & Premier Yearling Sale
27 February 2017
DGR Thoroughbred Services has handpicked two lovely colts from the Inglis Classic & Premier Yearling Sales.
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale
Lot 125 B c Dundeel (NZ) x Sorel Point for $140,000
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale
Lot 526 B c Camelot (GB) x Harvest Queen for $85,000
Cummings puts Group 1 plan into motion with Savvan
26 April 2017
James Cummings has Group One ambitions for three-year-old filly Savvan after she beat the older horses at Canterbury on Wednesday in the Ranvet Benchmark 67 Handicap over 1550m.
A NZ$350,000 DGR Thoroughbred Services purchased from the Trelawney Stud draft at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, the filly was sent out the $3.70 favourite and enjoyed a handy trail for Jason Collett before taking control rounding the turn and holding off a strong challenge from Jason Coyle's Speed Hero, scoring by a half-head. Read more....
Exceeds makes connections Exceedingly Happy
21 January 2017
When the James Cummings-trained Exceeds opened her winning account in Saturday's Australian Fire Hose Plate (1000m) at Randwick, she became the 16th two-year-old winner by Snitzel in Australia this season. That's ten more than his closest pursuers.
Despite finishing fourth at Canterbury when making her racetrack debut in what looks an excellent form race, Exceeds eased in the market to start at $20.
Ahead of her that day were From Within, Invader and Chauffeur. Read more....
2017 Magic Millions Wrap up
16 January 2017
DGR has returned from the 2017 Magic Millions Yearling Sale with what we believe to be some really nice yearlings from exciting sires Foxwedge, Sebring and Exceed and Excel heading to James Cummings at Leilani Lodge. They include:
Lot 92 Ch c Sebring x Holly Zou for $80,000
Lot 164 Ch c Sebring x Leica Light for $100,000
Lot 195 Ch f Exceed and Excel x Maha Chakri for $330,000
Lot 245 B f Foxwedge x Moonboat for $240,000
Lot 546 B f Foxwedge x Twelve Pack Shelly for $475,000
NZ Yearling Sale Acquisitions
1 February 2017
DGR Thoroughbred Services continued their strong association with NZB purchasing eight yearlings; six colts and two fillies. They will depart NZ later this week to begin their new racing careers in Australia in the stables of Leilani Lodge under G1 winning trainer, James Cummings. They include:
Lot 141 B c Pins x Eden Valley for NZ$60,000
Lot 175 B c Power (GB) x Game Duchess for NZ$230,000
Lot 181 Gr c Frankel (GB) x Give Me Five (Ger) for NZ$475,000
Lot 194 B c Tavistock x Harmony for NZ$100,000
Lot 224 B f Redoute's Choice x Kaatoon for NZ$240,000
Lot 291 Gr f Reliable Man x Miss Scarlatti for NZ$180,000
Lot 321 B c Redoute's Choice x Our Pride & Joy for NZ$35,000
Lot 447 B c Savabeel x The Jewel for NZ$400,000
Spring Beckons for Savvan
27 September 2016
James Cummings says Savvan ‘probably is’ more of an autumn filly, but admits testing his promising three-year-old against Melbourne’s best this spring remains a big possibility.
The Group 1 winning trainer had one eye on the Spring Carnival following Savvan’s maiden victory at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.
While he thought the lightly-raced filly was still a work in progress, Cummings was quitely confident she would be able to handle the step-up next start. Read more....
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