Buyers Find Quality at Karaka May Sale

Lot 83 (Tivaci x Sitting on a Hill) was the equal highest price Lot, selling for $95,000.
Lot 83 (Tivaci x Sitting on a Hill) was the equal highest price Lot, selling for $95,000.

The New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka May Sale Weanling session has concluded with a pleasing increase in average and median price from last year’s edition of the Sale.

The average weanling price reached $18,121 (up 35%) and the median rose to $10,000 from $8,000 in 2018, with the aggregate closing at $1,649,000 for 91 lots sold (71% clearance).

“With the reduced quantity of horses on offer we were confident that the quality was much better than last year and that’s been reflected by the increase in average and median,” NZB Sales Representative Regan Donnison said. 

The leading purchaser of the Sale by aggregate was Hallmark Stud who secured five weanlings for a combined price of $196,000.

“I thought there was great value here today,” said studmaster Mark Baker. “The one-day sale got rid of a lot of the less desirable types and I thought there were more nice horses on offer than in previous years.”

The day began on a positive note with Racing Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters announcing a well-received repeal of the betting levy (racing totalisator duty) before officially opening the Sale.

Further encouragement for those in the racing industry was taken from the depth of new local sires represented at the Sale and their popularity amongst buyers.

Rich Hill Stud-based first season sire Vadamos, a Group One winning son of Monsun, was the leading sire of the Sale with his progeny selling for an average of $34,125.

The demand for progeny of first season sires was further highlighted by the two equal top priced lots of the Sale, Lot 83, the Tivaci filly out of Sitting on a Hill and Lot 135, the Divine Prophet colt out of Caramellos, both of which sold for $95,000.

Lot 83 was presented by Curraghmore on behalf of owners Chrissy Bambry and her parents’ Mangatiti Trust and purchased by emerging bloodstock agent Bevan Smith for his clients Defining Moments Racing.

“It was a nice result to top the sale with one we bred and get a good return so early on,” Bambry said.

“The majority of my horses will go through a sale at some stage and I just try to target which sale will best suit each horse.

“She just came up as a nice correct filly that I thought would suit the weanling sale market being by a first season sire in Tivaci as well.

“It was also really nice to see someone young and up-and-coming like Bevan buy a nice horse and hopefully she will be a really good start to his solo career and win lots of races.”

Smith, formerly of Mulcaster Bloodstock, was thrilled to secure the filly he considered to be the best horse in the sale.

“She is a lovely moving horse, she has got size and scope and I just think she is going to grow into a really nice horse,” he said.

“We will decide what we are going to do with her, she may come back through a sale next year or we will assess things after winter and see if we want to keep her and race her.

“She has got a great pedigree, so if she does turn out to be a good racehorse, she is going to have a lot of residual value there.”

Karaka-based Haunui Farm were the leading vendor of the Weanling session by aggregate with 12 weanlings sold for $217,500 and Te Awamutu-based Curraghmore were the Leading Vendor by Average, with 6 lots sold for an average of $35,000.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots contact Kane Jones on +64 27 274 4985. View Passed Lots here.

2019 Karaka May Sale - Combined Statistics

  2019 Karaka May Sale - Combined Statistics 2018 Karaka May Sale - Combined Statistics
Aggregate $2,172,500 $5,333,100
Average $15,408 $15,458
Median $8,000 $8,000
Clearance 69% 74%
Catalogued 243 526
Sold 141 345
Top Price Lot 83 B.F Tivaci - Sitting on a Hill $95,000,
Lot 135 B.C Divine Prophet - Caramellos $95,000
Lot 371 B.F Mongolian Beauty $180,000

2019 Karaka May Sale - Weanling Statistics

  2019 Karaka May Sale - Weanling Statistics 2018 Karaka May Sale - Weanling Statistics
Aggregate $1,649,000 $2,713,100
Average $18,121 $13,431
Median $10,000 $8,000
Clearance 71% 77%
Catalogued 155 298
Sold 91 202
Top Price

Lot 83 B.F Tivaci - Sitting on a Hill $95,000,
Lot 135 B.C Divine Prophet - Caramellos $95,000

Lot 190 Br/B.C Written Tycoon - Into the Groove $170,000

2019 Karaka May Sale - Broodmare Statistics

  2019 Karaka May Sale - Broodmare Statistics 2018 Karaka May Sale - Broodmare Statistics
Aggregate $415,000 $1,889,000
Average $11,857 $17,821
Median $5,500 $8,250
Clearance 65% 79%
Catalogued 62 146
Sold 35 106
Top Price Lot 215 B.M Schiaparelli $55,000 Lot 468 B.M Passion Cut $150,000

Top Lots - Combined Statistics

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price
83 B.F Tivaci / Sitting on a Hill Curraghmore Bevan Smith Bloodstock / Defining Moments Racing Waikato $95,000
135 B.C Divine Prophet / Caramellos Koru Thoroughbreds BOP Bloodstock Bay of Plenty $95,000
77 B.C Vadamos / Selenus Rich Hill Stud Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $80,000
149 B.C Iffraaj / Diva Down Under Brighthill Farm Carlaw Park Waikato $65,000
92 BB.F Divine Prophet / Startina Koru Thoroughbreds Hallmark Stud Waikato $60,000
154 B.C Flying Artie / Dynastic Lady Curraghmore Mr CW Kwok Hong Kong $55,000
215 B.M Schiaparelli Pencarrow Stud Milbourne Farm Waikato $55,000
52 BR.C Kermadec / Oxana Haunui Farm Cypress Point Farms Auckland $52,500
14 BR.C Vancouver / High Hostess Westbury Stud Highview Bloodstock Waikato $50,000
85 BR.C Shamexpress / Skaapa Monovale Farm Hallmark Stud Waikato $50,000
233 BR.M Baubo Phoenix Park Mr PA Willetts Queensland $50,000

Top Lots - Weanling Statistics

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price
83 B.F Tivaci / Sitting on a Hill Curraghmore Bevan Smith Bloodstock / Defining Moments Racing Waikato $95,000
135 B.C Divine Prophet / Caramellos Koru Thoroughbreds BOP Bloodstock Bay of Plenty $95,000
77 B.C Vadamos / Selenus Rich Hill Stud Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $80,000
149 B.C Iffraaj / Diva Down Under Brighthill Farm Carlaw Park Waikato $65,000
92 BB.F Divine Prophet / Startina Koru Thoroughbreds Hallmark Stud Waikato $60,000
154 B.C Flying Artie / Dynastic Lady Curraghmore Mr CW Kwok Hong Kong $55,000
52 BR.C Kermadec / Oxana Haunui Farm Cypress Point Farms Auckland $52,500
14 BR.C Vancouver / High Hostess Westbury Stud Highview Bloodstock Waikato $50,000
85 BR.C Shamexpress / Skaapa Monovale Farm Hallmark Stud Waikato $50,000
1 BR.C Sweynesse / Eleesha Westend Partnership Kilgravin Holdings Waikato $40,000
109 BR.C Proisir / Works Wonders Pear Tree Farm Mr DM Goldsbury Manawatu $40,000
139 BR.C Per Incanto / Centree Ardsley Stud  Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $40,000

Top Lots - Broodmare Statistics

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price
215 B.M Schiaparelli Pencarrow Stud Milbourne Farm Waikato $55,000
233 BR.M Baubo Phoenix Park Mr PA Willetts Queensland $50,000
238 B.M Champagne Tastes Phoenix Park Mr DW Wallace Wellington $45,000
186 Ch.M Goldilicious Mapperley Stud Mr PA Willetts Auckland $38,000
184 BRG.M Freequence Haunui Farm Kakasiri International Trading Auckland $31,000
209 B.M Pomellato Pencarrow Stud Waikino Bloodstock Waikato $18,000
225 B.M Treasure the Cross Westbury Stud Mr GJ Rogers Victoria $17,000
193 BG.M Lady Zhivago Haunui Farm Mr CL Sim Southland $16,000
187 G.M Groovy Choice Haunui Farm Mr H Smit Waikato $15,000
208 G.M Phoebe Snow Haunui Farm Milan Park / Little River Thoroughbreds Waikato $15,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate - Combined Statistics

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price
Hallmark Stud (Waikato) 6 $207,000 $34,500 $60,000 (Lot 92)
Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) 3 $150,000 $50,000 $80,000 (Lot 77)
BOP Bloodstock (Bay of Plenty) 2 $125,000 $62,500 $95,000 (Lot 135)
Mr PA Willetts (Queensland) 3 $113,000 $37,667 $50,000 (Lot 233)
Bevan Smith Bloodstock / Defining Moments Racing (Waikato) 1 $95,000 $95,000 $95,000 (Lot 83)
Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ) (Victoria) 4 $94,500 $23,625 $35,000 (Lot 78)
Carlaw Park (Waikato) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Mr CW Kwok (Hong Kong) 2 $65,000 $32,500 $55,000 (Lot 154)
Cypress Point Farms (Auckland) 2 $58,500 $29,250 $52,500 (Lot 52)
Milbourne Farm (Waikato) 1 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 (Lot 215)

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate - Weanling Statistics

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price
Hallmark Stud (Waikato) 5 $196,000 $39,200 $60,000 (Lot 92)
Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) 3 $150,000 $50,000 $80,000 (Lot 77)
BOP Bloodstock (Bay of Plenty) 2 $125,000 $62,500 $95,000 (Lot 135)
Bevan Smith Bloodstock / Defining Moments Racing (Waikato) 1 $95,000 $95,000 $95,000 (Lot 83)
Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ) (Victoria) 3 $72,500 $24,167 $35,000 (Lot 78)
Carlaw Park (Waikato) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Mr CW Kwok (Hong Kong) 2 $65,000 $32,500 $55,000 (Lot 154)
Cypress Point Farms (Auckland) 2 $58,500 $29,250 $52,500 (Lot 52)
Highview Bloodstock (Waikato) 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 (Lot 14)
Fiteni Contractors (Queensland) 2 $42,000 $21,000 $22,000 (Lot 113)

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate - Broodmare Statistics

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price
Mr PA Willetts (Queensland) 2 $88,000 $44,000 $50,000 (Lot 233)
Milbourne Farm (Waikato) 1 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000 (Lot 215)
Mr DW Wallace (Wellington) 4 $49,500 $12,375 $45,000 (Lot 238)
Kakasiri International Trading (Auckland) 1 $31,000 $31,000 $31,000 (Lot 184)
Waikino Bloodstock (Waikato) 1 $18,000 $18,000 $18,000 (Lot 209)
Mr GJ Rogers (Victoria) 1 $17,000 $17,000 $17,000 (Lot 225)
Mr CL Sim (Southland) 1 $16,000 $16,000 $16,000 (Lot 193)
Horse Feng Bloodstock (China) 2 $15,500 $7,750 $9,500 (Lot 231)
Milan Park / Little River Thoroughbreds (Waikato) 1 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 (Lot 208)
Mr H Smit (Waikato) 1 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 (Lot 187)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate - Combined Statistics

Vendor Name Sold Aggregate Average Top Price
Haunui Farm 18 $297,500 $16,528 $52,500 (Lot 52)
Brighthill Farm 14 $229,000 $16,357 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Curraghmore 6 $210,000 $35,000 $95,000 (Lot 83)
Koru Thoroughbreds 2 $155,000 $77,500 $95,000 (Lot 135)
Phoenix Park 5 $141,500 $28,300 $50,000 (Lot 233)
Rich Hill Stud 10 $134,000 $13,400 $80,000 (Lot 77)
Mapperley Stud 6 $119,000 $19,833 $38,000 (Lot 186)
Pencarrow Stud 9 $108,000 $12,000 $55,000 (Lot 215)
Monovale Farm 3 $97,500 $32,500 $50,000 (Lot 85)
Westbury Stud 6 $93,000 $15,500 $50,000 (Lot 14)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate - Weanling Statistics

Vendor Name Sold Aggregate Average Top Price
Haunui Farm 12 $217,500 $18,125 $52,500 (Lot 52)
Curraghmore 6 $210,000 $35,000 $95,000 (Lot 83)
Brighthill Farm 10 $200,500 $20,050 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Koru Thoroughbreds 2 $155,000 $77,500 $95,000 (Lot 135)
Rich Hill Stud 6 $106,000 $17,667 $80,000 (Lot 77)
Monovale Farm 3 $97,500 $32,500 $50,000 (Lot 85)
Mapperley Stud 5 $81,000 $16,200 $35,000 (Lot 78)
Westend Partnership 5 $76,000 $15,200 $40,000 (Lot 1)
Westbury Stud 4 $74,000 $18,500 $50,000 (Lot 14)
Ardsley Stud  6 $62,500 $10,417 $40,000 (Lot 139)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate - Broodmare Statistics

Vendor Name Sold Aggregate Average Top Price
Pencarrow Stud 9 $108,000 $12,000 $55,000 (Lot 215)
Phoenix Park 2 $95,000 $47,500 $50,000 (Lot 233)
Haunui Farm 6 $80,000 $13,333 $31,000 (Lot 184)
Mapperley Stud 1 $38,000 $38,000 $38,000 (Lot 186)
Westbury Stud 2 $19,000 $9,500 $17,000 (Lot 225)
Ardsley Stud 5 $16,500 $3,300 $7,000 (Lot 221)
Brighthill Farm 2 $16,500 $8,250 $11,000 (Lot 220)
Rich Hill Stud 1 $13,000 $13,000 $13,000 (Lot 232)
Bradbury Park 1 $9,500 $9,500 $9,500 (Lot 231)
Little Avondale Stud 2 $7,000 $3,500 $5,500 (Lot 218)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) - Combined Statistics

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Curraghmore 6 $35,000 $210,000 $95,000 (Lot 83)
Monovale Farm 3 $32,500 $97,500 $50,000 (Lot 85)
Phoenix Park 5 $28,300 $141,500 $50,000 (Lot 233)
Mapperley Stud 6 $19,833 $119,000 $38,000 (Lot 186)
Wentwood Grange 5 $16,600 $83,000 $30,000 (Lot 53)
Haunui Farm 18 $16,528 $297,500 $52,500 (Lot 52)
Brighthill Farm 14 $16,357 $229,000 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Westbury Stud 6 $15,500 $93,000 $50,000 (Lot 14)
Westend Partnership 5 $15,200 $76,000 $40,000 (Lot 1)
Te Runga Stud 4 $14,625 $58,500 $20,000 (Lot 143)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) - Weanling Statistics

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Curraghmore 6 $35,000 $210,000 $95,000 (Lot 83)
Monovale Farm 3 $32,500 $97,500 $50,000 (Lot 85)
Brighthill Farm 10 $20,050 $200,500 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Westbury Stud 4 $18,500 $74,000 $50,000 (Lot 14)
Haunui Farm 12 $18,125 $217,500 $52,500 (Lot 52)
Rich Hill Stud 6 $17,667 $106,000 $80,000 (Lot 77)
Mapperley Stud 5 $16,200 $81,000 $35,000 (Lot 78)
Wentwood Grange 3 $15,333 $46,000 $30,000 (Lot 53)
Westend Partnership 5 $15,200 $76,000 $40,000 (Lot 1)
Te Runga Stud 4 $14,625 $58,500 $20,000 (Lot 143)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) - Broodmare Statistics

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Haunui Farm 6 $13,333 $80,000 $31,000 (Lot 184)
Pencarrow Stud 9 $12,000 $108,000 $55,000 (Lot 215)
Ardsley Stud 5 $3,300 $16,500 $7,000 (Lot 221)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Combined Statistics

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Vadamos* 4 $34,125 $136,500 $80,000 (Lot 77)
Darci Brahma 4 $26,750 $107,000 $55,000 (Lot 215)
Iffraaj 4 $23,750 $95,000 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Showcasing 4 $21,750 $87,000 $38,000 (Lot 129)
Contributer 3 $21,000 $63,000 $35,000 (Lot 78)
O'Reilly 3 $20,833 $62,500 $31,000 (Lot 184)
Sacred Falls 3 $19,667 $59,000 $27,500 (Lot 66)
Preferment* 5 $19,400 $97,000 $34,000 (Lot 3)
Rip Van Winkle 4 $15,250 $61,000 $50,000 (Lot 233)
Reliable Man 4 $14,750 $59,000 $30,000 (Lot 136)

*First season sire

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Weanling Statistics

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Vadamos* 4 $34,125 $136,500 $80,000 (Lot 77)
Iffraaj 3 $31,000 $93,000 $65,000 (Lot 149)
Showcasing 3 $28,667 $86,000 $38,000 (Lot 129)
Contributer 3 $21,000 $63,000 $35,000 (Lot 78)
Sacred Falls 3 $19,667 $59,000 $27,500 (Lot 66)
Preferment* 5 $19,400 $97,000 $34,000 (Lot 3)
Sweynesse 5 $16,600 $83,000 $40,000 (Lot 1)
Reliable Man 4 $14,750 $59,000 $30,000 (Lot 136)
Belardo* 7 $13,143 $92,000 $21,000 (Lot 34)
Turn Me Loose* 3 $12,333 $37,000 $25,000 (Lot 76)

*First season sire

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