Book 3 Closes Top-Class Week at Karaka 2018

Lot 1210 provided the highest price of Book 3 - a colt by Showcasing. Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 1210 provided the highest price of Book 3 - a colt by Showcasing. Photo: Trish Dunell

In a solid day of trading at the Book 3 session, the new format at Karaka 2018 has delivered a remarkable sales-week. With a steady buying bench today, and 72 fewer lots catalogued than last year’s Festival Sale, 113 lots sold for a turnover of $1,537,750. With a healthy clearance rate of 84%, the median held at $10,000 and the average settled at $13,608.

“Whilst the average was slightly down on last year’s third catalogue, the median remained the same,” NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook said.

“The highlight of today’s Sale was the 84% clearance rate, which equals the record 2008 Festival Sale, and rounded off a fabulous week of selling.”

The week’s trading provided growth with all key figures the highest seen in a decade. Total receipts for the Sales Series were $97,017,750, representing an average of $106,379 across 912 lots sold (81% clearance) at a median of $75,000 (up from $50,000 in 2017).

Taranaki nursery Grangewilliam Stud earned bragging rights from the Book 3 session when they sold the top-priced yearling and finished as the leading vendor by aggregate.

The Showcasing colt was consigned at Lot 1210 and is out of the winning mare Sahara (NZ) (Keeper) who is a half-sister to stakes winner Arica. Hong Kong’s Southern Bloodstock, and second leading buyer, set the benchmark of the day when Hallmark Stud’s Mark Baker (as agent) went to $68,000 to secure their one and only purchase.

The sale-topping colt bolstered the overall results for Grangewilliam Stud with 14 yearlings sold turning over $252,000.

“It’s been a great result, we certainly had a nice draft,” Mark Corcoran of Grangewilliam Stud said.

“The Showcasing colt was by the right sire – he had another stakes winner yesterday and he can’t do anything wrong.

“It was pleasing to see nice fillies selling well. We had a Proisir filly, a Reliable Man filly and a Zacinto filly that all sold very well.”

Brighthill Farm featured twice in the leading tables. They finished as the second leading vendor by aggregate with 12 yearlings sold for $119,000, while their resident sire Dalghar – who sired 2018 Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Scott Base (NZ) – was the leading sire by aggregate turning over $117,500 across 10 lots.

Cambria Park closed the top three vendors with six yearlings for a total of $104,000.

Providing the highlight lot today was Haunui Farm’s proven sire Showcasing (Lot 1210). With four lots sold for an average of $28,250, he leads the sires by average table (with three or more sold). The promising Waikato Stud resident Ocean Park has come in second on the table with four sold at an average of $26,375, and the South Island-based Pure Champion – who stands at Willow Glen Stud – rounded out the top three at an average of $24,000 across three lots sold.

Amongst the leading buyers was Kiwi trainer Lisa Latta who settled on three yearlings for receipts totalling $66,500 and Marton-based trainer Fraser Auret who acquired four lots for $63,000.

Making one gallant purchase for $65,000, Joseph Waldron secured the second highest price today with the Ocean Park colt (Lot 1236) out of Haunui Farm’s draft. The Karaka-based operation also sold another two yearlings from their draft averaging $29,167 and concluding the Book 3 session as leading vendor by average (with three or more sold).

All horses purchased at Karaka this week are eligible for the lucrative Karaka Million Series with two $1 million races available for graduates as two and three-year-olds. Nominations must be received by 5pm Tuesday 6 March 2018.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots contact Regan Donnison on +64 21 512 466. View Passed Lots here:

2018 Book 3 Yearling Sale Statistics – Total

  2018 BOOK 3
AGGREGATE $1,537,750
AVERAGE $13,608
MEDIAN $10,000
CLEARANCE 84%
CATALOGUED 169
SOLD 113
TOP PRICE Showcasing x Sahara B.C $68,000, Lot 1210

Top Lots

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
1210 B.C Showcasing / Sahara Grangewilliam Stud Southern Bloodstock (Hong Kong) $68,000
1236 B.C Ocean Park / Trilby Haunui Farm Mr JI Waldron (Waikato) $65,000
1196 B.C Pins / Ransom Success Suncroft Bloodstock RT Racing (Wellington) $47,500
1222 BR.C Pure Champion / Spin a Fortune Willow Glen Stuart Hale & Co (Waikato) $43,000
1158 B.C Echoes of Heaven / Leica Duell Westend Partnership Mr Yongbin Fu (Auckland) $35,000
1207 BRG.F El Roca / Rubi de Lago Westbury Stud Lisa Latta Racing (Manawatu) $35,000
1126 B.C Pins / Front Lady Cambridge Blue Agistment Tartan Meadow Bloodstock (Hong Kong) $32,000
1219 B.F Zacinto / Slip Stream Grangewilliam Stud Fraser Auret Racing (Whanganui) $32,000
1119 B.C Iffraaj / Estelle Woburn Farm Chequers Stud (Waikato) $30,000
1172 B.C Dream Ahead / Munfasla Hunters Lodge Carlaw Park (Waikato) $30,000
1240 B.C Echoes of Heaven / Viking Angel Westend Partnership Brookby Stables (Auckland) $30,000
1241 B.C Redwood / Vite Celebre Highfield Grange Thoroughbreds Ms T Donaldson (Waikato) $30,000

Leading Purchaser by Aggregate

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Ms T Donaldson (Waikato) 5 $70,000 $14,000 $30,000 1241
Southern Bloodstock (Hong Kong) 1 $68,000 $68,000 $68,000 1210
Lisa Latta Racing (Manawatu) 3 $66,500 $22,167 $35,000 1207
Mr JI Waldron (Waikato) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 1236
Fraser Auret Racing (Whanganui) 4 $63,000 $15,750 $32,000 1219
Tartan Meadow Bloodstock (Hong Kong) 2 $54,000 $27,000 $32,000 1126
RT Racing (Wellington) 1 $47,500 $47,500 $47,500 1196
Carlaw Park (Waikato) 2 $43,000 $21,500 $30,000 1172
Chequers Stud (Waikato) 2 $43,000 $21,500 $30,000 1119
Mr SA Sharrock (Manawatu) 3 $43,000 $14,333 $22,000 1185

Leading Vendor by Aggregate

Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Grangewilliam Stud 14 $252,000 $18,000 $68,000 1210
Brighthill Farm 12 $119,000 $9,917 $15,000 1102
Cambria Park 6 $104,000 $17,333 $25,000 1108
Westend Partnership 6 $99,000 $16,500 $35,000 1158
Haunui Farm 3 $87,500 $29,167 $65,000 1236
Long Acres Stud 11 $85,500 $7,773 $15,000 1128
Highfield Grange Thoroughbreds 3 $76,000 $25,333 $30,000 1241
Willow Glen 3 $72,000 $24,000 $43,000 1222
Charma Heights 5 $69,500 $13,900 $23,000 1127
Westbury Stud 3 $62,500 $20,833 $35,000 1207

Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Haunui Farm 3 $29,167 $87,500 $65,000 1236
Highfield Grange Thoroughbreds 3 $25,333 $76,000 $30,000 1241
Willow Glen 3 $24,000 $72,000 $43,000 1222
Westbury Stud 3 $20,833 $62,500 $35,000 1207
Grangewilliam Stud 14 $18,000 $252,000 $68,000 1210
Cambria Park 6 $17,333 $104,000 $25,000 1108
Westend Partnership 6 $16,500 $99,000 $35,000 1158
Prima Park 3 $15,667 $47,000 $18,000 1160
Charma Heights 5 $13,900 $69,500 $23,000 1127
Woburn Farm 3 $13,333 $40,000 $30,000 1119

Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold)

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Showcasing 4 $28,250 $113,000 $68,000 1210
Ocean Park 4 $26,375 $105,500 $65,000 1236
Pure Champion* 3 $24,000 $72,000 $43,000 1222
Echoes of Heaven 4 $23,250 $93,000 $35,000 1158
Highly Recommended 3 $17,333 $52,000 $22,000 1111
Redwood 3 $17,333 $52,000 $30,000 1241
El Roca* 4 $16,625 $66,500 $35,000 1207
Niagara 4 $16,500 $66,000 $25,000 1092
Zed 7 $11,857 $83,000 $24,000 1094
Dalghar 10 $11,750 $117,500 $26,000 1175

*First season sire

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