Graduates of the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka fought out an exciting finish to Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie, the main lead-up to the $1 million Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at the same venue in early March.
Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop), who was bought for $160,000 from the Waikato Stud draft, claimed victory by a long head from the $250,000 purchase In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock).
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales finished first, second and third in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) in Invercargill.
The winner Weaponry (NZ) (Declaration of War) was a $140,000 purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, while placegetters Upscale (NZ) (Tavistock) and Air Max (NZ) (Nadeem) went through the 2017 South Island Sale. Upscale sold for $22,500, while Air Max was passed with a $20,000 reserve.
$40,000 Select Sale graduateOn The Rocks (NZ) (Alamosa) was already a dual Group 2 winner who had delivered priceless thrills for his owners, but he went to a new level in Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.
With an emphatic performance in New Zealand’s richest weight-for-age race, the four-year-old entire took his prize-money earnings to $432,575 – more than 10 times his purchase price.
Fairytale fillyImelda Mary (NZ) (Ferlax) is now a dual Group 2 winner and the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series leader, courtesy of her victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.
She was bought for $3,500 at the 2017 Festival Sale at Karaka by Wayne Hillis, who named her after his mother. She is trained by Hillis, who shares ownership with Chris Delamore and Ross Robertson.
The 93rd National Yearling Sales Series kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races in what is the culmination of years of breeding, hard work getting a horse ready for the sale ring and then the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand.
With outstanding fields assembled for the two-year-old and three-year-old races, it shows how attractive the Karaka Million graduate incentive is for buyers, trainers and owners alike.
Challengers Shoot for Filly of the Year Series Lead
Thursday, Feb 7, 2019
The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is likely to have a new leader following the running of the seventh leg, the $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) has held the top spot since her victory in the Group 1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in early November, but with that filly now in the spelling paddock, the race is wide open.
Passed in with a $60,000 reserve at the 2015 Premier Sale, well-bred mare Flamingo (NZ) (Pins) boosted her value with a black-type win in Wednesday’s $50,000 Listed Property Brokers Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau.
Flamingo is out of the stakes-winning mare Bird (NZ) (Danasinga), who is also the dam of Singapore stakes winner Preditor (NZ) (Savabeel).
Passed in with a $20,000 reserve at the 2017 South Island Sale, Air Max(NZ) (Nadeem) is now a dual Guineas winner.
The Lance Robinson-trained gelding won the $50,000 Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) at his previous start last month, and on Saturday he added the $50,000 Listed Mediaworks Dunedin Guineas (1500m) at Wingatui.
Well-bred Savabeel filly Elate(NZ) scored the first stakes win of her promising career in Saturday’s Listed $55,000 FastTrack Insurance Oaks Prelude (1800m) at New Plymouth.
A $270,000 purchase at the 2017 Premier Sale, Elate had already shown plenty of talent this season with a maiden win and a second placing in the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapuni. She also made a strong late run to finish just behind the placegetters in last month’s Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m).
Low-priced Book 2 purchase Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace) showed class and courage in equal measure as she scored her second stakes win in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth.
Trainer Andrew Carston paid just $10,000 to secure the filly at Karaka 2018, and she more than repaid that investment in a short spring campaign that included victory in the Listed $50,000 Welcome Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.
A broad buying bench at the close of Book 2 trading has seen the key figures reach a turnover of $9,743,000 for 246 lots sold (73% clearance rate). The average has settled at $39,606 with the median $30,000 for the second catalogue of the National Yearling Sales Series.
“There were some solid prices achieved and the quality of horses was of a high standard,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
With 698 horses now under the hammer at the National Yearling Sales Series, the turnover has reached $67,206,500, representing an average of $137,437 for 489 horses sold. The median closed at $100,000 and the clearance rate 77%.
“I believe the market has held up well considering the lack of pin hooking activity – which traditionally underpins the middle market, the drop off from Singapore buyers due to falling prizemoney, and the continued lack of confidence in the local market,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
The trio of Waikato Stud, Te Akau Racing and Savabeel provided fireworks on Day 2 of the 2019 National Yearling Sales Series setting a new top price of the Sale and exceeding that of the top lot in 2018.
When Lot 192 walked through the ring, the Savabeel colt caught the attention of multiple bidders but it was Te Akau Racing’s principal David Ellis that trumped them with a final bid of $1.4 million. Out of a winning Pins mare and a half-brother to Group One Queensland Oaks runner-up Another Dollar, the Waikato Stud yearling took their results to a whole new level and delivered the team their first seven figure yearling.
Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s first yearling draft under the Cambridge Stud banner delivered a host of highlights at the opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Yearling Sales Series.
The two highest-priced yearlings of the day were both prepared by the Waikato-based nursery with the only Redoute’s Choice colt (Lot 67) in the Sale fetching $800,000 and a top-class Zoustar filly (Lot 90) knocked down for $600,000.