The overall statistics tell a heartening tale of the state of the industry with receipts for the three day Sale totalling $8,915,200, up $4,830,100 (a 118% increase) on last year with clearance at 91%. The overall median price settled 188% up at $8,000 (from $2,775 last year) with the average at $19,989 compared to last year’s $9,589.
All told $5,740,300 was traded with 238 weanlings purchased in the past two days resulting in a 91% clearance rate. This strong demand saw the median up 175% on last year’s sale to $11,000 (from $4,000 in 2015) and the average settle at $24,119, a 90% increase on the $12,113 recorded last year.
Massive gains were recorded across the board, the highlight being a 188% increase in the median price to $11,500 from $4,000 last year and an 85% increase in the average to $22,709 (up from $12,302). The day one aggregate settled at $2,952,200, up $1,168,450 on last year’s opener and this with 15 less horses contributing to the figure.
Dual Group 1 winner Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire) bounced back to his best form with a dominant performance in the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday, boosting the pedigree of a weanling in the Sale.
The supplementary entry, Lot 541, is the only weanling in the Sale by Savabeel. Offered by Little Avondale Stud, the filly is out of the Elusive Quality mare Kahurangi, a half-sister to Group 1 KrisFlyer Sprint winner Green Birdie (NZ).
If results from the last few years are anything to go by, the upcoming National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka looms as not only a great source of winners on the racetrack but also a potential gold mine for pinhookers.
With the Weanling Sale average sitting just above NZ$12,000 last year and 294 weanlings catalogued this year, there is plenty of opportunity for buyers to pinhook youngsters into next year’s yearling and Ready to Run sales.
This Sale has been a rich source of black-type success in recent seasons, producing 58 individual stakes winners since 2011 including Group 1 New Zealand Derby winner Puccini (NZ) (Encosta De Lago).
The incredible opportunities available in this Sale received the perfect endorsement just last month when Honor That (NZ) (Darci Brahma), a $4,000 purchase at the 2015 Sale, earned black-type with a terrific win in the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes at Wingatui.
The likes of Puccini, Tavy (NZ) (Tavistock), What Choux Want (NZ) (Jimmy Choux), Rocanto (NZ) (Per Incanto), Electric Aura (NZ) (Shocking), Battle Plan (NZ) (Battle Paint) and The Dom (NZ) (Swiss Ace) have also performed admirably with black-type placings in strong company this season.
A total of 539 lots have been catalogued to go under the hammer at this year’s three-day Sale:
7 unraced fillies or mares
6 stallion shares
Particular interest will surround Lot 209, a weanling filly by Cape Blanco (Galileo) out of Indomitable (NZ) (Danehill). Offered by Mana Park, the filly is a half-sister to three-time Group 1 winner Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj).
Weanlings in this year’s catalogue include the eagerly anticipated first crop of weanlings by the likes of Dawn Approach, Unencumbered, Camelot, Jakkalberry, Ferlax, Eurozone, Epaulette, Declaration Of War, Shamexpress, Albrecht and Sweet Orange. As well as proven sires such as O’Reilly, Tavistock, Choisir, Darci Brahma, Showcasing, Makfi, Jimmy Choux, So You Think, Alamosa, Ocean Park, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook, Pins, Shocking, Per Incanto, Iffraaj, Rip Van Winkle, Power, Foxwedge, Swiss Ace and many more.
Hawera-based Dan Myers, a highly successful breeder of many black-type performers including recent Group 2 Wellington Guineas winner The Justice League (NZ) (I Am Invincible), will present his entire crop of 2015 foals at the May Sale, including a half sister to The Justice League (Lot 234).
The draft is full of outstanding pedigrees and types, representing terrific opportunities for pinhookers, breeders and racehorse buyers alike. The Myers draft is headlined by Lot 9, a filly by outstanding sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) out of the stakes-performed mare Pipette (Pivotal), who descends from an international Group 1 family.
The broodmare section of the catalogue is also particularly strong this year, including stakes-winning mare Ritzy Lady (NZ) (Zabeel), Group One placegetter Corsage (NZ) (Volksraad), Group One producer Bianca Bay (NZ) (Bianconi) (dam of Levin Classic winner Dukedom (NZ) (Bachelor Duke), along with half-sisters to Group One winners Rollout The Carpet, Tarzino, Volkstok’n’barrell, Zabrasive and Dealer Principal. Lot 533 is a full-sister to Australian Oaks winner Gust Of Wind (NZ) (Darci Brahma).
The catalogue also includes broodmares in foal to the likes of Tavistock, Bernardini, Reliable Man, Sacred Falls, Showcasing, Redwood, Savabeel, Rubick, Roc de Cambes, Per Incanto and Rip Van Winkle.