Book 2 Yields Competition from Diverse Bench

On the second day of Book 2, the highlight lot was Trelawney Stud's Lot 902. Photo: Trish Dunell
On the second day of Book 2, the highlight lot was Trelawney Stud's Lot 902. Photo: Trish Dunell

A broad buying bench at the close of Book 2 trading has seen the key figures reach a turnover of $9,743,000 for 246 lots sold (73% clearance rate). The average has settled at $39,606 with the median $30,000 for the second catalogue of the National Yearling Sales Series.

“There were some solid prices achieved and the quality of horses was of a high standard,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

“Mark Pilkington bought nine lots over the last two days for his Victorian-based clients and Dean Wiles, under his Warrior Stables banner, also secured nine.

“Paddy Payne added another four horses to add to his Book 1 buys, while trainer Lisa Latta, Sam Beatson, Paul Moroney and Phill Cataldo were also very active over the last couple of days.

“The general comment from buyers has been that it was hard to purchase a nice horse with the tough competition.”

Mark Pilkington was the leading purchaser spending $501,000 for his nine horses, while Hiwi Lodge (three lots) and Lisa Latta (six lots) outlaid $355,000 and $345,000 respectively.

The overall Book 2 Sale-topping yearling, who is set to return to NZB’s Ready to Run Sale, was offered through Westbury Stud’s draft at Lot 872. The Reliable Man colt is full-brother to Group One performer Hypnos and was knocked down to the $270,000 bid of former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Brian Jenkins on Thursday.

It didn’t take long for the highlight lot to be knocked down on the final day of Book 2 with the second yearling into the ring setting the pace at $190,000.

Young Hong Kong-based Bloodstock Agent Robin Tai secured the Jimmy Choux colt (Lot 902) under his RT Racing brand from the draft of Trelawney Stud and plans to leave the son of Group Three-winning mare Seven Schillings, and half-brother to current stakes winner Emily Margaret, in New Zealand for the immediate future.

“He is a very strong colt with a good temperament,” Tai said. “We were underbidder three times earlier, so we are very pleased to get him as it has been a strong Sale for the ones we liked.”

Book 2’s leading vendor by aggregate was topped by Haunui Farm who sold their entire 20-lot draft for receipts of $1,050,000. Westbury Stud were second on the leader board with 17 lots sold for a turnover of $932,500, while Little Avondale Stud rounded out the top three by aggregate selling 10 lots for $690,500.

A different story was told on the leading vendor by average table (three or more sold) with Highden Park reaching the highest average at $76,667 with a 100% clearance for their draft. Trelawney Stud, selling three lots, reached an average of $72,000, while Little Avondale Stud rounded out the top end again with an average of $69,050.

Per Incanto remained the leading sire by average (three or more sold) with 12 of his progeny selling at an average of $71,500. Jimmy Choux, who provided the highlight lot today, sold four lots at an average of $67,250, while first season sire Nostradamus made the top three having sold at an average of $56,833 for the three lots on offer at the Sale.

Results for Book 1 and Book 2 combined has seen 742 lots sold over the six days of trading for an aggregate of $77,634,500 (76% clearance rate).

Book 3 commences on Sunday 3 February with Lot 1077 to Lot 1284 going under the hammer from 11am.

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 5 March 2019.

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

Relive all the action from today online here.

2019 Book 2 Yearling Sale Statistics

  2019 BOOK 2 TOTAL 2018 BOOK 2 TOTAL
AGGREGATE $9,743,000 $11,543,000
AVERAGE $39,606 $46,544
MEDIAN $30,000 $40,000
CLEARANCE 73% 74%
CATALOGUED 378 378
SOLD 246 248
TOP PRICE Lot 872 Reliable Man - Quality Dream (B.C) $270,000 Lot 885 Per Incanto - Lago Rider (Ch.C) $200,000

Top Lots

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price
872 B.C Reliable Man / Quality Dream Westbury Stud Mr BL Jenkins Victoria $270,000
902 G.C Jimmy Choux / Seven Schillings Trelawney Stud RT Racing Waikato $190,000
755 BB.C Kermadec / House of Borgia Westbury Stud Lisa Latta Racing Manawatu $160,000
854 B.C Showcasing / Party Lights Haunui Farm LB Racing Queensland $160,000
892 B.C Showcasing / Saheel Haunui Farm Upper Bloodstock Hong Kong $160,000
875 BR.C Per Incanto / Real Angel Little Avondale Stud Hiwi Lodge Waikato $150,000
1066 BR.C Per Incanto / Demerara Milan Park Hiwi Lodge Waikato $140,000
903 BR.C Bullbars / Shalaka Highview Michael Stedman Bloodstock / Casper Bloodstock New South Wales $130,000
926 B.C Nostradamus / Special Favour Milan Park Mark Pilkington Management Victoria $125,000
812 Ch.C Iffraaj / Miss Percy Ardsley Stud Brookby Stables Auckland $120,000
989 Ch.C No Nay Never / Zermatt Berkley Stud M R Pitman Canterbury $120,000

Leading Purchaser by Aggregate

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Mark Pilkington Management (Victoria) 9 $501,000 $55,667 $125,000 926
Hiwi Lodge (Waikato) 3 $355,000 $118,333 $150,000 875
Lisa Latta Racing (Manawatu) 6 $345,000 $57,500 $160,000 755
Mr BL Jenkins (Victoria) 1 $270,000 $270,000 $270,000 872
Brookby Stables (Auckland) 3 $232,500 $77,500 $120,000 812
Mr M Pitman (Canterbury) 4 $230,000 $57,500 $120,000 989
John Foote Bloodstock (Hong Kong) 3 $205,000 $68,333 $90,000 1067
Upper Bloodstock (Hong Kong) 2 $205,000 $102,500 $160,000 892
RT Racing (Waikato) 1 $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 902
LB Racing (Queensland) 2 $188,000 $94,000 $160,000 854

Leading Vendor by Aggregate

Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Haunui Farm 20 $1,050,000 $52,500 $160,000 854
Westbury Stud 17 $932,500 $54,853 $270,000 872
Little Avondale Stud 10 $690,500 $69,050 $150,000 875
Highview 11 $511,500 $46,500 $130,000 903
Windsor Park Stud 17 $474,500 $27,912 $90,000 865
Milan Park 8 $420,000 $52,500 $140,000 1066
Rich Hill Stud 11 $400,500 $36,409 $70,000 988
Mapperley Stud 10 $347,000 $34,700 $70,000 1032
Ardsley Stud 7 $318,000 $45,429 $120,000 812
Berkley Stud 7 $297,500 $42,500 $120,000 989

Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Highden Park 3 $76,667 $230,000 $105,000 1026
Trelawney Stud 3 $72,000 $216,000 $190,000 902
Little Avondale Stud 10 $69,050 $690,500 $150,000 875
Gosford Park 1 $67,500 $67,500 $67,500 1036
Ralph Thoroughbreds 3 $59,833 $179,500 $80,000 864
Westbury Stud 17 $54,853 $932,500 $270,000 872
Valachi Downs 2 $53,750 $107,500 $67,500 954
Haunui Farm 20 $52,500 $1,050,000 $160,000 854
Milan Park 8 $52,500 $420,000 $140,000 1066
Archer Park 2 $50,000 $100,000 $50,000 730

Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold)

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Per Incanto 12 $71,500 $858,000 $150,000 875
Jimmy Choux 4 $67,250 $269,000 $190,000 902
Nostradamus* 3 $56,833 $170,500 $125,000 926
El Roca 4 $55,000 $220,000 $110,000 1051
Pentire 5 $48,000 $240,000 $80,000 889
Highly Recommended 4 $47,500 $190,000 $110,000 995
Showcasing 19 $47,211 $897,000 $160,000 854
Ghibellines 3 $45,833 $137,500 $82,500 968
Reliable Man 10 $44,750 $447,500 $270,000 872
Iffraaj 5 $44,600 $223,000 $120,000 812

*First Season Sire

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