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Doncaster May Move & Change Name

Wednesday, 15th February 2006

Meanwhile Doncaster Bloodstock Sales "could soon be known by another name if forced to leave its historic home in south Yorkshire," reported racingpost.co.uk. The auction company (which has sold horses under the Doncaster Bloodstock banner since 1962) last year had a £35 million (A$84m) turn-over; it is considering moving from Doncaster (either to York or a site in the south of England) "if it cannot resolve lease issues with Doncaster Council in the next 4-5 weeks". Managing director Henry Beeby commented: "Our 1st preference, our strong preference, is to stay in Doncaster: for historic reasons, because of the new airport & rejuvenated racecourse, & for many other reasons." However he also confirmed DBS "has been in discussions with the York racecourse executive & an offer to build a sales complex behind the racecourse (on the grounds of the former Terrys chocolate factory) is on the table. It would be an ideal location. York has a lot to recommend it." DBS has been negotiating with Doncaster Council regarding a move from its present site (on cramped grounds across from the racecourse) for the last 5 years.

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