Records Shatter on Day One of Karaka 2024

28 January 2024

Lot 21 sold for $1.6 million to Peter Moody 

Day One of Karaka 2024’s Book 1 Sale reflected ongoing industry positivity with several records broken and key sale indicators increasing.

At the close of trade for the opening session, the aggregate reached a Day One record of $30,725,500 while the average reached a record $195,704, a 37% and 22% increase respectively on last year.

The highlight of the day came early, when Lot 21, a full-sister to the superstar mare Prowess (NZ) (Proisir x Donna Marie) was knocked down to Peter Moody for $1.6 million, the highest price recorded for a filly sold at Karaka.

“She’s an absolute princess,” commented Moody.

“She is a full-sister to a Group One winner, which is a bonus. She was the one we wanted and we are so glad to get her.”

Lot 144 was secured by Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster for $900,000.

The second highest-priced lot of the day came when Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster combined to secure Lot 144 for $900,000. A daughter of Rich Hill Stud’s hot young sire Satono Aladdin out of O’Reilly mare Inthespotlight.

“We identified her quite early. We got blown out of the water on Lot 21, so we knew we’d be going after this filly,” commented Mulcaster.

“Breeders are realising that quality fillies in Australia are expensive and hard to get so those putting them to the market are reaping the rewards.”

The Chris Waller Racing and Guy Mulcaster combination was one of the strongest international buyers of the day, securing six lots for a total $2.7 million.

But it was Karaka kingpin, Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis who came out on top, spending $3.4 million across 14 lots on the first day.

NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook was encouraged by the strong results.

“It was an amazing Sale today, turning over $30 million, we’ve never done that in any day’s trading at Karaka.”

“That is up seven and a half million on last year’s figures and the average is up about thirty thousand, so a really pleasing day.

“For the vendors, everyone has been rewarded from Barn A to Barn I, buyers are finding their horses from all corners.”

To enquire about Passed Lots contact Patrick Cunningham at +64 21 181 5898 or email [email protected] or Andrew Buick at +64 27 555 0640 or email [email protected].

Selling continues on Monday for Day Two of Book 1, where lots 241 – 480 will go through the ring from 10am (NZT) at Karaka.

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

View the full of Book 1 Day One results here.


Karaka 2024: Book 1, Day One Statistics (at end of selling)
  2024 BOOK 1, DAY ONE 2023 BOOK 1, DAY ONE 2022 BOOK 1, DAY ONE 2021 BOOK 1, DAY ONE
AGGREGATE $30,725,500 $22,420,000 $20,042,500 $17,047,500
AVERAGE $195,704 $160,143 $159,067 $130,134
MEDIAN $150,000 $147,500 $125,000 $100,000
CLEARANCE 73% 73% 69% 73%
CATALOGUED 240 220 220 200
SOLD 157 140 126 131
TOP LOT Lot 21 Proisir - Donna Marie (Ch.F) $1,600,000 Lot 59 Savabeel - Bayrock (B.C) $625,000 Lot 161 Savabeel - Chandelier (B.C) $1,000,000 Lot 94 Zoustar - Scintillula (B.F) $800,000


Karaka 2024: Book 1, Day One Top Lots (at end of selling)
Lot Sire Dam Sex Vendor Purchaser Price
21 Proisir Donna Marie Filly Hallmark Stud Moody Racing (Victoria) $1,600,000
144 Satono Aladdin Inthespotlight Filly Rich Hill Stud Chris Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock (New South Wales) $900,000
55 Zoustar Evalina Colt Elsdon Park Jamie Richards / Andrew Williams Bloodstock (Hong Kong) $725,000
146 Super Seth Irion Colt Pencarrow Stud Patella Bloodstock (New South Wales) $700,000
210 Kingman Marsden Cross Colt Pencarrow Stud The Hong Kong Jockey Club (Hong Kong) $650,000
62 Justify Fair Isle Filly Pencarrow Stud Chris Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock (New South Wales) $550,000
224 I Am Invincible Midnight Revels Colt Highline Thoroughbreds Mr DC Ellis CNZM (BAFNZ) (Te Akau) $510,000
142 Wootton Bassett Influencer Colt Haunui Farm Chris Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock (New South Wales) $500,000
237 Savabeel Miss Opulence Colt Riversley Park Ltd Group 1 Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Victoria) $460,000
117 Savabeel Happily Colt Waikato Stud Ltd Bruce Perry Bloodstock (BAFNZ) (Wellington) $450,000