Karaka Million Filly Tops South Island Sale

29 April 2019

2019 South Island Sale topper - Lot 57, a filly by Per Incanto.
2019 South Island Sale topper - Lot 57, a filly by Per Incanto.

Southern vendor White Robe Lodge is no stranger to New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale having produced recent stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this sale ring, and today they marked the beginning of several new hopeful success stories as 61 lots went under the hammer.

While the operation has continued their leading vendor by aggregate streak for the last three consecutive years, they also sold the highest priced yearling from this year’s catalogue.

One of the last yearlings to enter the ring at Lot 57, the filly by Per Incanto out of stakes-winning mare Cherry Creek is a half-sister to Group Three winner Coulee (NZ) (Gallant Guru). With a quality pedigree, her price reflected just that and was knocked down to the bid of local buyer Graeme Anderson for $72,500 – the second leading buyer overall.

“I was really pleased to obtain such a quality filly from the south, I thought she was a strong filly who could make an early going two-year-old or Thousand Guineas type of horse,” commented Anderson who has nominated her for the Karaka Million Series.

“The ownership will be shared with a few other local owners and friends so we’ll be looking forward to having a bit of fun with her.”

White Robe Lodge sold seven yearlings for an aggregate of $220,500 and a leading average price of $31,500.

Vendor Brian Anderton ONZM commented, “The Sale was good, it was good to see a lot of agents here and we were happy with how we sold.”

“I have some great clients down here and we need to lead by example in supporting the South Island Sale.”

Another familiar name associated with stakes-winning graduates of this Sale is bloodstock agent John Foote. Having been the astute judge and buyer of Civil Disobedience and Parthesia, today he secured four yearlings for $136,000 in receipts, placing him at the top of the purchasers table by aggregate.

The top price that Foote outlaid was $60,000 for Lot 23, a well-related colt by Makfi offered on account of Mentally Stable.

“John has been an amazing supporter of the Sale for many years and has shown his hand once again,” commented NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

“Although numbers were low for the Sale, it remains well supported by buyers and we look forward to increasing numbers for next year’s edition.”

Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis was the third leading buyer by aggregate and secured three yearlings throughout the day for a total spend of $75,000, including Mansfield Farm’s well-related Zacinto colt (Lot 4).

Ellis purchased this season’s promising two-year-old filly Harlow (NZ) (Proisir) from the Sale last year, and looks to emulate similar results with these lots.

Dual code buyer and standardbred trainer David Butt went to $55,000 to secure Paritai Farm’s Lot 18, a colt by first season sire Mongolian Khan who will be syndicated and raced.

Other active buyers included the likes of syndicator Go Racing (one lot for $39,000), bloodstock agent Stuart Hale (one lot for $12,000), and Asian buyers Upper Bloodstock (one lot for $20,000) and Tao Gu (two lots for $40,000).

Southern sires topped the leading sire by average list (three or more sold) with Ghibellines fetching an average of $28,875 for four lots sold and Zacinto reaching an average of $21,500 for six lots sold.

Second season sire Proisir, whose second-ever winner was Harlow, rounded out the top three sires with a top price of $17,500 from his four lots sold.

With a reduction to 61 lots in the catalogue this year, at the close of selling figures remained upbeat with the average and clearance rate up from 2018.

A total of 42 lots sold for an aggregate of $665,650. The average rose to $15,849 (up from $13,869) and the clearance rate to 75% (up from 61%) with the median settling at $9,000.

All yearlings purchased at the South Island Sale are eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series with two $1 million races to be contested. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 29 May.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots contact Kane Jones on +64 27 274 4985. View Passed Lots here.

2019 South Island Sale Statistics

  2019 2018 2017 2016
Aggregate $665,650 $873,750 $1,070,000 $1,447,100
Average $15,849 $13,869 $17,541 $17,435
Median $9,000 $10,000 $13,000 $15,000
Clearance 75% 61% 71% 92%
Catalogued 61 121 106 98
Sold 42 63 61 83
Top Lot Lot 57 Per Incanto x Cherry Creek $72,500 Lot 109 Per Incanto x The Dewdrop $100,000 Lot 100 Rock 'n' Pop x The Glitter $87,000 Lot 76 Raise The Flag x Legal Note $52,500

Top Lots

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price
57 Ch.F Per Incanto / Cherry Creek White Robe Lodge Mr GJ Anderson Otago $72,500
23 B.C Makfi / Ombre Rose Mentally Stable John Foote Bloodstock Hong Kong $60,000
18 B.C Mongolian Khan / Lucy O'Reilly Paritai Farm David Butt Canterbury $55,000
4 BR.C Zacinto / Eurotec Mansfield Farm Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $50,000
34 BB.C Ghibellines / Smudgee White Robe Lodge John Foote Bloodstock Victoria $48,000
5 B.C Zacinto / Fascinate Me Ripple Creek Go Racing Auckland $39,000
22 B.F Pins / Olden Days Long Acres Stud Grantleigh Farm Ltd Canterbury $30,000
32 B.C Ghibellines / Sheeza Drama White Robe Lodge Mr NF Ridley Canterbury $25,000
6 B.C Ghibellines / Flight Arrival White Robe Lodge Mrs SJ Cunningham Canterbury $22,500
43 Ch.C Zacinto / Tranquera Inglewood Stud Leda Horse Ltd China $22,500

Leading Purchaser by Aggregate

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
John Foote Bloodstock (Victoria) 4 $136,000 $34,000 $60,000 23
Mr GJ Anderson (Otago) 2 $85,000 $42,500 $72,500 57
Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) 3 $75,000 $25,000 $50,000 4
David Butt (Canterbury) 1 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 18
Mr Tao Gu (China) 2 $40,000 $20,000 $20,000 3
Go Racing (Auckland) 1 $39,000 $39,000 $39,000 5

Leading Vendor by Aggregate

Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
White Robe Lodge 7 $220,500 $31,500 $72,500 57
Mansfield Farm 5 $77,000 $15,400 $50,000 4
Mentally Stable 2 $62,400 $31,200 $60,000 23
Paritai Farm 1 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 18
Long Acres Stud 5 $46,000 $9,200 $30,000 22
Ripple Creek 2 $39,500 $19,750 $39,000 5

Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
White Robe Lodge 7 $31,500 $220,500 $72,500 57
Mansfield Farm 5 $15,400 $77,000 $50,000 4
Inglewood Stud 3 $12,167 $36,500 $22,500 43
Long Acres Stud 5 $9,200 $46,000 $30,000 22
Pear Tree Farm 4 $8,000 $32,000 $12,000 27
Hedwood Thoroughbreds 3 $3,333 $10,000 $8,000 31

Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold)

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Ghibellines 4 $28,875 $115,500 $48,000 34
Zacinto 6 $21,500 $129,000 $50,000 4
Proisir 4 $9,500 $38,000 $17,500 12
Pure Champion 6 $5,958 $35,750 $12,000 27