Spirited Bidding Sees Out 2019 Ready to Run Sale

$550,000 sale topping colt (Lot 375), purchased by Andrew Williams from the Woburn Farm draft.
$550,000 sale topping colt (Lot 375), purchased by Andrew Williams from the Woburn Farm draft.

Day 2 of selling at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds saw 257 lots go under the hammer.  

NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook was pleased with the final outcome of the Sale.

“Whilst unhappy with the clearance rate at the end of Day 1, the significant improvement on the second day was very encouraging at 74%, up on last year’s 68%,” Seabrook said.

The aggregate reached $23,585,500 while the average was $91,722 and 16 lots were sold for a figure of $300,000 or more. The median remained on par with 2018 at $60,000 indicating a strong middle market.

Sam and Hana Beatson at Riversley Park were the leading vendor by aggregate with 31 lots sold for $6,267,500, including Lot 162 (Iffraaj x Saoirse) which achieved $500,000. This is the third consecutive year that their operation has claimed the leading vendor title by aggregate, this year also claiming the title by average.  

The leading buyer by aggregate was Garry Carvell from Hiwi Lodge, who spent a total of $1,440,000 with purchases destined for Hong Kong, with buyers and their agents from the region active at the Sale.

Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis was the second leading buyer by aggregate, with a total spend of $1,372,500, while Waikato Stud’s Savabeel was the leading sire by both average and aggregate at the close of selling.

There was plenty of interest in Lot 375, the Shamus Award colt out of stakes-placed mare Exchanges, but it was Andrew Williams who came out on top.

The Sydney-based bloodstock agent went to $550,000 to secure the colt he highlighted as the pick of the Sale, fending off several underbidders which included Caulfield trainer Lloyd Kennewell.

“We thought it was the best breeze of the Sale and physically we thought he was the best horse of the Sale.

“He is a special horse to add to the programme.”

Hannah Kettlety from Woburn Farm was delighted with the outcome of their top Lot.

“He was our most popular horse by far, but we had no idea what he would make. We never dreamed he would make that much.”

Full results from the 2019 Ready to Run Sale can be viewed online. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots contact Kane Jones +64 27 274 4985

2019 Ready to Run Sale Statistics

2019 Ready to Run Sale 2018 Ready to Run Sale
Aggregate $23,585,500 $24,325,500
Average $91,772 $96,530
Median $60,000 $60,000
Clearance 74% 68%
Catalogued 414 445
Sold 257 252
Top Lot Lot 375 $550,000 (Br.C) Shamus Award - Exchanges Lot 432 $525,000 (B.C) Savabeel - Disguised

Top Lots

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
375 BR.C Shamus Award / Exchanges Woburn Farm Andrew Williams Bloodstock (Victoria) $550,000
162 BR.C Savabeel / Saoirse Riversley Park Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $500,000
407 BR.C Savabeel / Iguazu's Girl Riversley Park Jackie SS Wong (Hong Kong) $440,000
9 BB.C Press Statement / Karata Riversley Park Mr V Hui (Hong Kong) $420,000
144 B.G Headwater / Red Duchez Riversley Park Mr P Koo (Hong Kong) $420,000
145 B.G Holy Roman Emperor / Red Spot Special Riversley Park Mr P Ho (Hong Kong) $420,000
203 BR.C Zoustar / Testy Kilgravin Lodge Busuttin Racing (Victoria) $400,000
326 B.C Pins / Costume Dormello Stud Aquis Farm (New South Wales) $400,000
169 G.C Jimmy Choux / Seven Schillings Riversley Park Mr R Cheng (Hong Kong) $375,000
154 B.C Pierro / Rose of Pania Riversley Park Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $340,000
217 B.C Dundeel / Tonality Phoenix Park Mr SF Ritchie (Waikato) $340,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Press Buyer Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Hiwi Lodge (Waikato) 8 $1,440,000 $180,000 $330,000 352
Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) 8 $1,372,500 $171,563 $500,000 162
Busuttin Racing (Victoria) 9 $1,202,000 $133,556 $400,000 203
Mr P Ho (Hong Kong) 3 $1,065,000 $355,000 $420,000 145
Andrew Williams Bloodstock (Victoria) 4 $790,000 $197,500 $550,000 375
Ardross Bloodstock (Western Australia) 4 $565,000 $141,250 $220,000 153
Mr SF Ritchie (Waikato) 2 $510,000 $255,000 $340,000 217
Orbis Bloodstock (Victoria) 2 $460,000 $230,000 $260,000 299
John Foote Bloodstock (Queensland) 2 $450,000 $225,000 $250,000 159
Cypress Point Stables (Auckland) 3 $445,000 $148,333 $280,000 75

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor Name Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Riversley Park 31 $6,267,500 $202,177 $500,000 162
Woburn Farm 27 $2,683,000 $99,370 $550,000 375
Kilgravin Lodge 26 $2,419,500 $93,058 $400,000 203
Ohukia Lodge 19 $1,762,500 $92,763 $210,000 383
Westbury Stud 24 $1,235,000 $51,458 $170,000 249
Phoenix Park 8 $972,500 $121,563 $340,000 217
Riverrock Farm 9 $945,000 $105,000 $300,000 362
Prima Park 11 $810,000 $73,636 $125,000 177
Dormello Stud 6 $755,000 $125,833 $400,000 326
Regal Farm 8 $580,000 $72,500 $180,000 379

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor Name Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Riversley Park 31 $202,177 $6,267,500 $500,000 162
Trelawney Stud 3 $141,667 $425,000 $250,000 365
Dormello Stud 6 $125,833 $755,000 $400,000 326
Phoenix Park 8 $121,563 $972,500 $340,000 217
Riverrock Farm 9 $105,000 $945,000 $300,000 362
Woburn Farm 27 $99,370 $2,683,000 $550,000 375
Kilgravin Lodge 26 $93,058 $2,419,500 $400,000 203
Ohukia Lodge 19 $92,763 $1,762,500 $210,000 383
Wellfield Lodge 6 $92,500 $555,000 $220,000 153
Kilmore Farm 5 $91,000 $455,000 $135,000 305

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Savabeel 8 $240,000 $1,920,000 $500,000 162
Real Impact 3 $154,667 $464,000 $300,000 277
Pins 6 $144,583 $867,500 $400,000 326
Super Easy 3 $140,000 $420,000 $320,000 192
Vancouver 3 $138,333 $415,000 $185,000 88
Pride of Dubai 3 $135,000 $405,000 $300,000 362
Per Incanto 12 $130,625 $1,567,500 $330,000 352
Press Statement 4 $126,250 $505,000 $420,000 9
Tavistock 8 $114,375 $915,000 $220,000 275
Showcasing 7 $108,571 $760,000 $265,000 264

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