Internationals Savour Quality Bloodlines on Day Two

30 January 2023

Lot 294 (Too Darn Hot x Lady Sayyida) was purchased for $750,000 by Cameron Cooke Bloodstock.

International presence was felt in the sale ring on Day Two of Karaka 2023, with heated competition for the top lots and leading Australian stables featuring prominently. 

The international buying bench was responsible for purchasing eight of the top 10 lots on the second day of Book 1.

Victorian agent Cameron Cooke purchased the sale-topping lot on Day Two for $750,000. Lot 294 is a colt by first season sire Too Darn Hot, out of Iffraaj mare Lady Sayyida (NZ).

“We had to work pretty hard for him in the ring but we’re delighted to have him,” said Cooke.

“The colt will be heading to Melbourne to be trained by Ciaron Maher. Hopefully he can go through their system and turn out to be another Grunt or Ocean Park, who are both in the family.

“He was obviously very popular and was a standout. I had my client on the phone and thought we were dead and buried but he’s a fighter and kept bidding so that was great and I’m glad he did,” he said.

The lot hails from one of Trelawney’s great families, himself a half-brother to current Group Two star Excelida (Exceed and Excel) and a close relative to standout racehorses-turned-sires Ocean Park (NZ) and Grunt (NZ).

Studmaster Brent Taylor was delighted by the sale of his Too Darn Hot colt.

“It’s fantastic for the guys back at the farm, John Struthers bred him with Cherry and I.”

“It’s a family we have had a lot to do with over many years and represents the high-quality racehorses we have seen come off the farm in the past.

“We can only hope he can stamp his part on the pedigree page because he is an absolute beauty," Taylor said.

Lot 344 (Pierro x Meleka Belle) is purchased for $500,000 by Tim Stakemire.

The second highlight of the day came when New South Wales-based Tim Stakemire secured Lot 344 for $500,000. The Pierro filly out of Broodmare of the Year Meleka Belle (NZ) (Iffraaj) is a half-sister to 14-time Group One winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands). 

Stakemire was drawn to the filly, who was offered in Haunui Farm’s Book 1 draft for owner and breeder Marie Leicester.

“She had a beautiful pedigree page that was stamped with quality.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing her race in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum,” he said.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club made their first purchases on Day Two, securing two colts by Per Incanto, the most prolific source of individual winners in Hong Kong for the past two seasons.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s southern hemisphere buying agent Craig Rounsefell and International Sales Manager Danny Rolston went to $360,000 to secure Lot 329 a colt out of Makkura (NZ) from the Little Avondale Stud draft.

Rounsefell later went to $400,000 for a colt (Lot 423) out of Petite en Jeu (NZ) from the draft of Prima Park.

“Per Incanto is high on the hit list of sires we’re looking to target,” Rounsefell said.

“We’re always looking in this Sale, in particular, where there have been some really nice ones. The two we’ve purchased we’re absolutely delighted with. They are the first two horses we’ve bid on during the Sale and we’re fortunate to get them.”

Rounsefell said the colts had the attributes required to succeed in Hong Kong.

“Their temperaments are good. This guy [Lot 423] had a beautiful temperament. Even out the back in the pre-parade, he handled it superbly. They’re very sound horses too and those two attributes take them a long way.”

After another solid day of trading, NZB Bloodstock Executive Kane Jones commented on the results at the end of the second session.

“Horses were well-exceeding reserves in the latter half of today, which means there are a number of buyers on these yearlings, with underbidders who will be competitive heading into Day Three.”

“I expect the momentum to continue building as buyers will need to be strong heading into the final session of Book 1,” Jones said.

To enquire about Passed Lots contact Regan Donnison on +64 21 512 466 or email [email protected] or Kane Jones on +64 27 274 4985 or email [email protected].

Selling continues on Day Three of Book 1 tomorrow, where the final 203 lots will go through the ring from 11AM (NZT) at Karaka.

Catch the highlights and Lot-by-Lot footage from Day Two online.

View the full of Book 1 Day Two results here.

Book 1 Day Two Statistics
  2023 BOOK 1, DAY ONE & TWO 2022 BOOK 1, DAY ONE & TWO 2021 BOOK 1, DAY ONE & TWO 2020 BOOK 1, DAY ONE & TWO
AGGREGATE $46,425,000 $41,142,500 $34,711,000 $49,500,000
AVERAGE $154,236 $146,415 $124,860 $150,456
MEDIAN $135,000 $100,000 $100,000 $120,000
CLEARANCE 76% 74% 80% 78%
CATALOGUED 440 440 390 470
SOLD 301 281 278 329
TOP LOT Lot 294 Too Darn Hot - Lady Sayyida (B.C) $750,000 Lot 161 Savabeel - Chandelier (B.C) $1,000,000 Lot 94 Zoustar - Scintillula (B.F) $800,000 Lot 155 Pierro - Our Squeezer (B. or Br.C) $900,000

Book 1 Day Two Top Lots
Lot Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
294 Too Darn Hot / Lady Sayyida B.C Trelawney Stud Cameron Cooke Bloodstock $750,000
344 Pierro / Meleka Belle B.F Haunui Farm Mr T Stakemire $500,000
423 Per Incanto / Petite en Jeu B.C Prima Park The Hong Kong Jockey Club $400,000
267 Grunt / Joan's a Jett B.F Trelawney Stud KPW Bloodstock $380,000
326 Extreme Choice / Majestueux Ch.F Woburn Farm Annabel Neasham Racing $380,000
328 Ocean Park / Make a Wish B.C Waikato Stud Moody Racing $375,000
329 Per Incanto / Makkura Br.C Little Avondale Stud The Hong Kong Jockey Club $360,000
436 Ocean Park / Pretty B.C Waikato Stud Ltd Chris Waller Racing / Mulcaster Bloodstock $360,000
387 Savabeel / O'Lovely B.F Windsor Park Stud Mr DC Ellis CNZM (BAFNZ) $350,000
363 Fastnet Rock / More Jools B.C Cambridge Stud Go Racing $325,000