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.
A Champion Result
Friday 4th May’s Chairman’s Sale at Inglis Riverside saw the sale of “NORZITA” to John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud for $1.7m. A poignant moment for DGR she was offered as one of the last core breeding assets of the estate of the Late Dato’ Tan Chin Nam. Sold in foal to Snitzel, Norzita was purchased by DGR for her racing owners Dato’ Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud and Tunku Ahmad’s Westcode Pty Ltd for NZ$200,000 at the 2010 New Zealand Karaka Premier Yearling Sales. Read more....
The 2019 version on the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales set some records and some very high prices and indices with 75 lots selling for $500,000 or more and an overall average of $356,372. Perhaps not the sale to claim to have bought cheaply but our two purchases bought in conjunction with Anthony Cummings do sit below the overall sale average and less than the half price of $500,000. We have purchased Group 1 winners from the Easter Yearling Sales as has Anthony Cummings and we are rightfully optimistic that this years combined purchases can add to the Group 1 haul. Our purchases of Lot 147 by Teofilo & Lot 186 by So You Think can be viewed in the links. Read more....
Legacy Updates Continue
The legacy of Dato' Tans support updates yet again. We commented during 2018 and again in a post in January 2019 about winning combinations and successful progeny bred from racehorses initially purchased by DGR as yearlings such as Krone (Eurozone/Soft Landing), Tivaci (ex Breccia), Emperors Way (Roman Emperor/Laylia) but 2018 ended with our pinnacle success for breeding with SKY BOY winning five in a row and the Villiers Group 2 on 15th December putting him on top of the individual metropolitan wins table (source Racenet) for the season. The unbeaten MYSTERY LOVE adds the recent Bendigo Guineas Listed to the tally. She is another stakeswinner for her sire Eurozone purchased by DGR as a yearling to race for the late Dato’ Tan & Partners. Her dam Free Thinking was bred by Dato’ being by his beloved Pendragon, purchased as a yearling by DGR out of an off the track broodmare purchased for Dato’ as we set his then new Think Big Stud property in the southern highlands. That mare leash is now also the grandam of the $2m earner HOUTZEN.
Classic Rewards Then & Now
We would not be described a “frequent flyer” in buying at the January Inglis Classic sales however in our past attempts rewards have flown. DGR purchased one horse at the inaugural Inglis Classic in 1991 for $7,000. That horse became known as Shoeshine Henry and he won the inaugural classic race in 1992, then worth $353,000 under Mick Dittman when run at Canterbury. Shoeshine also ran second in both the Breeders Plate Gr3 & Silver Slipper Gr2 as a two year old and at three ran third in the Caulfield Guineas Gr1 & BMW Vase Gr3. In conjunction with the late Bart Cummings DGR purchased God’s Own at the same sale in 2004. Read more....
January Yearling Sales Activity 2019
With over 1500 yearlings cataloged in the premium sessions of the Magic Millions & New Zealand Karaka Yearling Sales in January, DGR has kept up traction in the frantic competitive pace of the sales circuit purchasing 5 yearlings at both sales in total, some in combination with our new “stable” of trainers including Chris Anderson, Anthony Cummings, Mick Price & John Sargent so far. These new additions we hope will be the topic of treasured memories in the years to come like many of our previous acquisitions. Positions in some of these yearlings currently remain available. Info via the individual links Read more....
We commented earlier in the year about winning combinations and successful progeny bred from racehorses initially purchased by DGR as yearlings such as Krone (Eurozone/Soft Landing), Tivaci (ex Breccia), Emperors Way (Roman Emperor/Laylia) but 2018 ended with our pinnacle success for breeding with SKY BOY winning five in a row and the Villiers Group 2 on 15th December putting him on top of the individual metropolitan wins table (source Racenet) for the season even above the likes of the mighty Winx. Read more....
Hard To Resist When Opportunity Knocks
We felt compelled to dip into the Ready To Race market at Inglis on Monday 15th October late into the sale securing Lot 170 for $75,000. By Artie Schiller the sub fertile sire of boom colt Flying Artie out of a mare by current champion stallion Snitzel and in turn out of another leading source of broodmares in Tale Of The Cat, we felt we could not let the opportunity pass. His “breeze up” was in a strong 10.86 with a good action putting a Hallowed Crown colt to the sword in that workout. Read more....
Just What The Good Doctor Ordered
Some of our continually supportive owners have been rewarded with a recent flurry of success and promise for the future including some lightly raced 3yo’s. 12 days ago, saw 3yo “Come Along” broke through for a solid maiden win at his third career start. Soon followed “Gauguin” winning his 4th career start and third for his new trainer John Sargent. Read more....
Not Just an Average Jo or Jane
Breednet story below reminded us of our $140,000 purchase at Easter, a half sister to impressive debutante winner Debate makes our filly not just an average Jane. Purchased late in the sale as Lot 508, she may not be by our own former purchase So You Think, but she is by promising new sire Dawn Approach, himself a champion in Europe. See our story previous story "keeping up our averages". Considering inflation Lot 508 was only marginally more than So You Think when DGR signed for him at NZ$110,000 in 2008. Read more....
It is uplifting and exciting for our owners to receive genuine enthusiasm about the new crop of "babies" from their trainers. This short video about the Redoute's Choice/Dream Date filly purchased just recently at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales and her first day at Randwick. Read more....
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....
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
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
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