Quality Rewarded at 2024 Weanling Sale

20 June 2024

Nine lots sold for $100,000 or more.

A number of highlights were witnessed on a mixed day of trade at NZB’s 2024 National Weanling Sale, where nine lots sold for $100,000 or more alongside healthy increases in the average and median.  

Quality horses were well sought after with strong competition at the top end of the market between pinhookers, international investors and domestic end users at the Karaka Sales Centre and online.

The top lot came early in the day when Lot 25, a filly by Satono Aladdin from Henley Road was secured by Gary Harding for $170,000 from Brighthill Farm’s draft.

Lot 3, a colt by emerging sire Super Seth out of Drama Series, was the second highest-priced weanling of the day, selling for $140,000 to GTS Bloodstock. While Lot 36, a colt by the champion sire Proisir out of La Donna E Mobile was also purchased for $140,000 to the bid of Riversley Park.

Both lots were offered by leading vendor Curraghmore, where principal Gordon Cunningham reflected on the day.

Lot 3, a colt by Super Seth was the second highest-priced weanling of the day, selling for $140,000 from Curraghmore's draft.

“We’ve enjoyed a good Sale as vendors and have been rewarded for bringing good stock here.”

“It’s been a good week here at Karaka, there was good competition on them right through. I’m confident those that have bought from us will be pleased and enjoy good success with them.”

Raptors Thoroughbreds were leading buyers at the close of selling, highlighted by their biggest purchases in Lot 125, a colt from the first season sire Noverre out of Alagant Satin for $100,000 from Curraghmore and Lot 146, a filly by Proisir out of Christmas Day for $130,000 from Seaton Park.

“We’re very happy with the five horses that we bought today,” commented Raptors Thoroughbreds Jessica Yang.

“Those were the weanlings that we came here wanting to buy, so we got everything that we had on our list.”

NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook commented on the weanling session at Karaka.

NZB International Bloodstock Manager John Cameron and leading buyers Raptor Thoroughbreds.
Photo: Trish Dunell

“As reflected by the figures, it was a sale of two halves. The good horses sold extremely well with the average increasing from $23,000 to $32,000 and the median increasing from $12,000 to $18,000.”

“On the flipside, the clearance rate falling to 58% suggests the lower end of the market is tough.

“The fact that nine horses made more than $100,000, opposed to five last year, on a smaller catalogue confirms that the top end of the market is alive and well.

“It was also encouraging to see how the market embraced the first season sires, particularly Noverre and Sword of State.

“We were hoping that more end users would participate in the middle to lower end of the market but that didn’t eventuate.”

All weanlings purchased are eligible to be nominated for NZB’s lucrative Karaka Millions Series. Graduates can compete in the $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m), followed by the $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO (1600m), as well as the new $1m Mega Maiden Series comprising of 40 non-Saturday maiden races located throughout New Zealand. To nominate your weanling, contact [email protected] or call +64 9 298 0055. Entries close Monday 15 July 2024.

To make enquiries about Passed Lots contact Patrick Cunningham on +64 21 181 5898 or email [email protected].

View final results here.

View the highlights, lot-by-lot ring footage and interviews here.

Next on the sales calendar is NZB's Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds, held at Karaka on 20 & 21 November 2024. Meanwhile, entries for NZB’s Karaka 2025 National Yearling Sales Series are now open via the NZB Portal, with the Sale set to take place at Karaka from 26 - 30 January.

 

2024 National Weanling Sale Statistics (at end of selling)
  2024 National Weanling Sale 2023 National Weanling & Broodmare Sale - Weanling Session 2022 National Weanling Sale (Incl. Valachi Downs Dispersal Sale) 2021 National Weanling Sale
Aggregate $2,485,000 $2,609,100 $3,486,000 $1,820,000
Average $32,273 $23,089 $33,200 $22,195
Median $18,000 $12,000 $16,000 $11,000
Clearance 58% 70% 88% 82%
Catalogued 150 183 132 120
Sold 77 113 105 82
Top Lot Lot 25 B.F Satono Aladdin - Henley Road $170,000 Lot 144 B.C Per Incanto - She's Apples $150,000 Lot 1005 Br.C Savabeel - Bohemian Lily $360,000 Lot 78 B.C Almanzor - Girl of My Dreams $145,000

 

2024 National Weanling Sale Top Lots
Lot Sire Dam Sex Vendor Purchaser Price
25 Satono Aladdin Henley Road Filly Brighthill Farm Mr GE Harding  $ 170,000
3 Super Seth Drama Series Colt Curraghmore GTS Bloodstock  $ 140,000
36 Proisir La Donna E Mobile Colt Curraghmore Riversley Park  $ 140,000
146 Proisir Christmas Day Filly Seaton Park Ltd Raptors Thoroughbreds Ltd  $ 130,000
140 Maurice Butter Chicken Colt Haunui Farm Landsdowne Park  $ 115,000
79 Proisir Respect Colt Haunui Farm Kilgravin Holdings Ltd / Bevan Smith Bloodstock  $ 110,000
49 Proisir Mail Order Filly Highline Thoroughbreds Lyndhurst Farm  $ 105,000
125 Noverre Alagant Satin Colt Curraghmore Raptors Thoroughbreds Ltd  $ 100,000
126 Almanzor Amonmarie Colt Haunui Farm Merrick Staunton  $ 100,000
73 Contributer Pipsqueak Rose Colt Curraghmore Devcich Bloodstock Ltd  $   95,000

 

2024 National Weanling Sale Leading Purchasers by Aggregate
Purchaser Bought Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Raptors Thoroughbreds Ltd 5  $       390,000  $       130,000 0146
Riversley Park 3  $       265,000  $       140,000 0036
GTS Bloodstock 2  $       184,000  $       140,000 0003
Mr GE Harding 1  $       170,000  $       170,000 0025
Lyndhurst Farm 2  $       152,500  $       105,000 0049
Devcich Bloodstock Ltd 2  $       130,000  $         95,000 0073
Landsdowne Park 1  $       115,000  $       115,000 0140
Kilgravin Holdings Ltd / Bevan Smith Bloodstock 1  $       110,000  $       110,000 0079
Merrick Staunton 1  $       100,000  $       100,000 0126
Hallmark Stud Ltd / M Kirwan 1  $          72,500  $         72,500 0139

 

 

2024 National Weanling Sale Leading Vendors by Aggregate
Vendor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Curraghmore 10 8  $           731,500  $             91,438  $           140,000 36
Haunui Farm 18 10  $           474,000  $             47,400  $           115,000 140
Brighthill Farm 13 8  $           280,000  $             35,000  $           170,000 25
Seaton Park Ltd 8 6  $           265,500  $             44,250  $           130,000 146
Highline Thoroughbreds 11 6  $           222,000  $             37,000  $           105,000 49
HGT Bloodstock Ltd 6 5  $           114,500  $             22,900  $             40,000 121
Hallmark Stud 8 3  $           109,000  $             36,333  $             55,000 108
Little Avondale Stud 12 4  $             59,500  $             14,875  $             35,000 69
Beckam Equine 2 2  $             37,000  $             18,500  $             31,000 82
Rich Hill Stud 6 4  $             33,500  $               8,375  $             26,000 32

 

 

2024 National Weanling Sale Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)
Vendor Offered Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Curraghmore 10 8  $         91,438  $       731,500  $       140,000 36
Haunui Farm 18 10  $         47,400  $       474,000  $       115,000 140
Seaton Park Ltd 8 6  $         44,250  $       265,500  $       130,000 146
Highline Thoroughbreds 11 6  $         37,000  $       222,000  $       105,000 49
Hallmark Stud 8 3  $         36,333  $       109,000  $         55,000 108
Brighthill Farm 13 8  $         35,000  $       280,000  $       170,000 25
HGT Bloodstock Ltd 6 5  $         22,900  $       114,500  $         40,000 121
Little Avondale Stud 12 4  $         14,875  $         59,500  $         35,000 69
Rich Hill Stud 6 4  $           8,375  $         33,500  $         26,000 32
Cambria Park 4 3  $           8,000  $         24,000  $         18,000 41

 

2024 National Weanling Sale Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)
Sire Offered Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Proisir 9 7  $           90,286  $         632,000  $         140,000 36
Satono Aladdin 8 4  $           66,250  $         265,000  $         170,000 25
Noverre* 4 3  $           53,667  $         161,000  $         100,000 125
Sword of State* 12 9  $           38,556  $         347,000  $           75,000 134
Tarzino 7 4  $             9,000  $           36,000  $           18,000 41
Darci Brahma 3 3  $             8,833  $           26,500  $           12,000 75
Time Test 10 4  $             8,375  $           33,500  $           20,000 145
Ribchester 3 3  $             6,833  $           20,500  $           10,000 132
Redwood 3 3  $             6,000  $           18,000  $             7,000 66
Vadamos 6 4  $             5,000  $           20,000  $           10,000 9

*First season sire