Uplifting Second Session of Book 2

2 February 2023

Lot 922 (Sweyenesse x Oscar's Shadow) purchased for $140,000 by John Foote.

A buoyant day of selling concluded Day Two of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 Sale, with the clearance rate lifting significantly off the back of the opening session. 

International flavour was present in the Sir Patrick Hogan Auditorium yet again, with Hong Kong responsible for purchasing four of the top five lots.

NZB Bloodstock Executive Kane Jones was heartened by the lifting of key sale indicators at the end of Day Two.

“There was a positive vibe in the auction ring throughout selling today, right from the first lot walking in the ring.”

“The feedback we were receiving from buyers today was that there was strong competition for quality lots, which made for spirited bidding.

“We saw our Day Two clearance rate climb to the 77 percent threshold and expect the overall rate to increase as our team works hard to negotiate post-selling,” Jones said.  

The highlight of the day came after Australian agent John Foote purchased Lot 922 for $140,000, a colt by Sweynesse out of Oscar’s Shadow (Dane Shadow) from Kilgravin Lodge.

Foote, who secured three lots today, made the purchase on behalf of Hong Kong-based trainer David Hall.

“Sweynesse is a very popular sire in Hong Kong at the moment and this colt was a very good-looking horse.”

“I bought him for David Hall who is based in Hong Kong and seems to be making a habit of topping sales lately.

“He really looked the part and had a nice presence about him. That was about our limit and we were happy to get him,” Foote said.

Established vendor Eion Kemp of Kilgravin Lodge commented on the result of Lot 922.

“I went down to see John Foote to congratulate him on his purchase.”

“It was a great result for some loyal clients. Pat Lowry has supported us well over the years, so we are thrilled for him.”

“He was a nice, strong colt and he fitted the bill well for a horse destined for Hong Kong.

Lot 823 (Redwood x Katespur) purchased for $135,000 by Ascot Farm. 

“He was very popular amongst the traders and pinhookers who were looking at him.

“We have had some good results today and the nice horses have sold well,” Kemp said.

Domestic buyers were back in action on Day Two, with the likes of Bruce and Maureen Harvey of Ascot Farms, Bruce Perry, Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, Lisa Latta and Graham Richardson all present in the sale ring.

The second highlight of the day came from Bruce Harvey of Ascot Farm. He secured Lot 823, a Redwood colt out of Katespur (Flying Spur) for $135,000 from Westbury Stud’s draft. 

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].

The final session of Book 2 commences tomorrow at 11AM.

Catch the highlights and Lot-by-Lot footage from Book 2 Day Two online.

View the full results of Book 2 Day Two here.

Book 2 Day Two Statistics at End of Selling

  2023 BOOK 2, DAY ONE & TWO 2022 BOOK 2, DAY ONE & TWO 2021 BOOK 2 TOTAL (2 DAY SALE) 2020 BOOK 2 DAY ONE & TWO
AGGREGATE $7,843,000 $6,667,500 $8,853,000 $7,993,500
AVERAGE $42,395 $38,991 $41,759 $37,353
MEDIAN $32,500 $30,000 $30,000 $26,000
CLEARANCE 70% 63% 76% 68%
CATALOGUED 306 324 339 362
SOLD 185 171 212 214
TOP LOT Lot 789 Proisir - Harriet Wilson (G.C) $180,000 Lot 954 Turn Me Loose - Nightofpassion (Br.F) $220,000 Lot 725 Churchill - Astrid (Ch.F) $200,000 Lot 859 Vadamos - Silke Top (B.C) $185,000

Book 2 Day Two Top Lots

Lot Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
922 Sweynesse / Oscar's Shadow Br.C Kilgravin Lodge John Foote Bloodstock (Hong Kong) $140,000
823 Redwood / Katespur B.C Westbury Stud Ascot Farm (Waikato) $135,000
849 Ardrossan / La Sartiglia B.C Little Avondale Stud Mr LL Lee (Hong Kong) $135,000
802 Vanbrugh / High Tail It Ch.C Windsor Park Stud John Foote Bloodstock (Hong Kong) $130,000
884 Proisir / Mifflin B.C Highline Thoroughbreds Bryan Kwan (Hong Kong) $115,000
940 Impending / Prudence Perfecto Br/B.C Wentwood Grange Regal Farm Partnership / Upper Bloodstock (Waikato) $115,000
801 Grunt / Highleigh Bl/G.C Highline Thoroughbreds Ballymore Stables / Paul Moroney Bloodstock  / Catheryne Bruggeman (Victoria) $110,000
866 Proisir / Madam Choux Br.C Rich Hill Stud John O'Shea Racing / Suman Hedge Bloodstock (FBAA) (New South Wales) $95,000
883 Ardrossan / Midnite Rendezvous B.F Kilgravin Lodge Cass Thoroughbreds Ltd (Auckland) $95,000
803 Proisir / Highway Five Ch.C Archer Park Mr PB Payne (Victoria) $90,000
905 Shocking / My Isabella B.F Rich Hill Stud Riversley Park (Waikato) $90,000