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'Tom Dascombe is new to our roster - he's got a similar mindset to us'

Middleham Park Racing's Tom Palin with his final dispatch from Goffs UK

Tom Palin (centre) on the lookout for talent but not compromising on quality
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We didn't manage to add to our Doncaster haul at the Silver Sale on Thursday but we've still come away with nine horses over the three days. That's down from the 17 we got here last year but that's partly been by design, as we came into the sales season with a mantra of quality over quantity.

Also trade has been strong all week, which is no real surprise as the quality here seems to get better every year. The Premier Sale average price was the second-highest ever recorded, which probably helps explain why we've been underbidder so many times.

We only went for horses that passed all of our filters and ignored the ones we were only half interested in, and ultimately value is king so the last thing we need for our reputation and balance sheet is to be overpaying.

Trainers we'll be sending this week's purchases to are Richard Hannon, Richard Fahey, Keith Dalgleish, Mark Johnston and Kevin Ryan. We've also bought one with Tom Dascombe, who's new to our roster.

We like the way Tom trains and have been trying to get a horse with him for a while now. He's probably got a similar mindset to us as we always seem to end up bidding on the same horses.

He's a very good trainer and does well with his two-year-olds, and that's the kind of type we've been in the market for this week.

He'll be training a Dragon Pulse colt who cost £52,000. We do like a Dragon Pulse, he's a sire we've had luck with, with horses like Ventura Dragon and Ninetythreetwenty.

Tom already trains Dragons Tail, who's Dragon Pulse's fourth-highest rated progeny. We can just see this colt winning on debut at Chester before going for something like the Lily Agnes. Shares are available!

We've tried to buy horses that are going to be precocious and have bought the progeny of sires like Dark Angel, Ivawood and Bungle Inthejungle, so they should all make two-year-old types.

We'd have loved to have come away with a few more but we're really happy with what we did get and we're leaving Doncaster with no regrets about any of the ones we've left behind.

We have a ballpark figure for the number of horses we'd like to buy this year, but we'll only buy as many as fall into our criteria and budget. We're hoping to be a bit more active going forward but we're not for compromising this year.

Next up for us is Osarus, which is where we bought the exciting and unbeaten Boitron. He's by Le Havre and there's just one by the sire in this year's Osarus catalogue so we'll be keen to have a look at him.

Tom Palin's Donny diaries this week...

We're sticking to our principles and only buying when we think there's value

You're always going to be underbidder more often than not'

Middleham Park Racing's Tom Palin on preparing for the Premier Yearling Sale


We're hoping to be a bit more active going forward but we're not for compromising this year
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