Competitive Buying Bench Sees Out Book 1

Lot 626 (Savabeel x Gold Rocks) colt from Waikato Stud sold for $500,000 to Te Akau’s David Ellis.
Lot 626 (Savabeel x Gold Rocks) colt from Waikato Stud sold for $500,000 to Te Akau’s David Ellis.

After a solid finish at Book 1 of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 94th National Yearling Sales Series, the key critical indicators were up on last year’s Sale, which reflected a strong market.

The turnover reached $67,130,000, representing an average of $138,698 for 484 horses sold. The median closed at $107,500, with the clearance rate climbing to 79%.

The increased Australian spend was up by a total of $4.8 million on last year’s Sale.

NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook was pleased with the competition carried throughout Book 1. 

“It was very encouraging to see the number of international and domestic buyers present over the past few days.

“The aggregate spend is on par with last year’s Sale, with 21 less horses catalogued.

“We had a strong middle market generated by the Australian’s. We put a lot of effort into getting them here, so it’s great to see the vendors rewarded so well,” said Seabrook.

King of the ring David Ellis landed the leading buyer title for the 15th consecutive year, spending a total of $6,500,000 for 28 horses purchased.

His top purchases include Lot 454, an $875,000 Savabeel colt out of Bayrock bought from the draft of Windsor Park Stud and an $800,000 colt, Lot 79 (Savabeel x Magic Dancer) secured from Waikato Stud. He also bought an I Am Invincible colt out of Sancerre for $675,000 from the draft of Trelawney Stud.

The Te Akau Racing Principal reflected on the success he had throughout Book 1 of Karaka 2020. 

“There is a lot of quality here and we have had so much interest from our owners to buy them… that I just kept buying them.

“I think Book 1 has been very successful, there is no doubt about that. New Zealand Bloodstock can take a big bow.  

“It’s an honour to be a part of a great company and the New Zealand industry,” said Ellis.

The second-highest leading buyer was Aussie raider Peter Moody, who spent a total of $2,145,000 after securing seven horses.

His highlights include a $500,000 Exceed and Excel colt and Lot 243 (Ocean Park x Ruud Van Staats), a filly which he secured for $450,000, both from Trelawney Stud.

Prominent New Zealand buyers were syndicators Go Racing syndicators who purchased 14 horses for $1,785,000 and Hiwi Lodge’s Garry Carvill who managed to secure the top Lot of the Sale, a $900,000 Pierro colt out of our Squeezer.

Waikato Stud have claimed another leading vendor title with 58 yearlings sold for a total $9,902,500 averaging $167,839. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Waikato nursery has topped the vendor table.

Other high achievers on Day Three of Book 1 included Cambridge Stud, who were the second leading vendor by aggregate with 50 Lots sold for a purse of $7,005,000 in receipts. 

Leading vendor by average was Trelawney Stud for 11 Lots sold at $314,545, which included three Lots sold for over a margin of $500,000 or more.

Coolmore Australia's first season sire American Pharoah was the leading sire by average with $265,833 for six yearlings sold. The international sire also led the first season sire’s table.  

Waikato Stud’s resident champion Savabeel provided two of the top three-priced lots offered and averaged $247,241 for 58 Lots sold with total aggregate of 14,340,000.

It was a successful Sale for New Zealand-based first season sires Vadamos and Tivaci, with Vadamos leading the New Zealand-based first season sire ranks. The Rich Hill-based stallion averaged $125,714 for 21 Lots sold, while Waikato Stud’s Tivaci averaged $124,821 for 28 Lots sold.

Book 1 fillies have been in demand with residual value found at Karaka, including Lot 379, (Savabeel x Valley Girl) and Lot 614 (Exceed and Excel x Gallwitz) who were both sold for $500,000. Overall there have been 25 fillies sell for $250,000 or more in Book 1.

The first day of Book 2 commences tomorrow with Lot 678 to 820 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, plus the CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the duration of their career. Nominations must be received by 5pm Tuesday 3 March 2020.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots contact Kane Jones on +64 27 274 4985 or Regan Donnison on +64 21 512 466.

Catch the highlights from Day Three and relive all the action online here.

2020 Book 1 Yearling Sale Statistics – Total

2020 BOOK 1 TOTAL 2019 BOOK 1 TOTAL
AGGREGATE $67,130,000 $67,206,500
AVERAGE $138,698 $137,437
MEDIAN $107,500 $100,000
CLEARANCE 79% 77%
CATALOGUED 677 698
SOLD 484 489
TOP LOT Lot 155 Pierro - Our Squeezer (B. or Br.C) $900,000 Lot 192 Savabeel - Make a Wish (B.C) $1,400,000


2020 Book 1 Top Lots

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price
155 BB.C Pierro / Our Squeezer Westbury Stud Hiwi Lodge Waikato $900,000
454 B.C Savabeel / Bayrock Windsor Park Stud Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $875,000
79 BR.C Savabeel / Magic Dancer Waikato Stud Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $800,000
342 B.C Lonhro / Thames Court Cambridge Stud Coolmore Australia New South Wales $675,000
247 B.C I Am Invincible / Sancerre Trelawney Stud Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $625,000
189 B.C American Pharoah / Posavina Pencarrow Stud Mr CJ Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock New South Wales $575,000
28 B.C Showcasing / Khales Haunui Farm Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / Astute Bloodstock Victoria $500,000
241 B.C Tivaci / Ruqqaya Trelawney Stud Bruce Perry Bloodstock (BAFNZ) Wellington $500,000
368 B.C Exceed and Excel / Tricia'o Cambridge Stud Mr GE Harding Waikato $500,000
379 BR.F Savabeel / Valley Girl Wentwood Grange Mr CJ Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock New South Wales $500,000
614 B.F Exceed and Excel / Gallwitz Trelawney Stud Moody Racing Victoria $500,000
626 BB.C Savabeel / Gold Rocks Waikato Stud Mr DC Ellis Te Akau $500,000


2020 Book 1 Leading Purchaser by Aggregate

Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) 28 $6,500,000 $248,400 $875,000 454
Moody Racing (Victoria) 7 $2,145,000 $306,429 $500,000 614
Go Racing (Auckland) 14 $1,785,000 $127,500 $270,000 557
John Foote Bloodstock (Hong Kong) 15 $1,775,000 $118,333 $220,000 152
Mr CJ Waller / Mulcaster Bloodstock (New South Wales) 6 $1,755,000 $292,500 $575,000 189
Pike Racing (Waikato) 10 $1,700,000 $170,000 $300,000 336
Rogerson Bloodstock (Waikato) 10 $1,465,000 $146,500 $360,000 69
Hiwi Lodge (Hong Kong) 4 $1,260,000 $315,000 $900,000 155
The Hong Kong Jockey Club (Hong Kong) 4 $1,240,000 $310,000 $400,000 483
Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (Victoria) 8 $1,172,500 $146,563 $450,000 565
Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Wellington) 5 $1,160,000 $232,000 $500,000 241
Cambridge Stud (Waikato) 6 $1,065,000 $177,500 $400,000 337


2020 Book 1 Leading Vendor by Aggregate

Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot
Waikato Stud 59 $9,902,500 $167,839 $800,000 79
Cambridge Stud 50 $7,005,000 $140,100 $675,000 342
Wentwood Grange 26 $4,200,000 $161,538 $500,000 379
Westbury Stud 24 $3,707,500 $154,479 $900,000 155
Haunui Farm 19 $3,620,000 $190,526 $500,000 28
Trelawney Stud 11 $3,460,000 $314,545 $625,000 247
Curraghmore 20 $2,920,000 $146,000 $360,000 297
Windsor Park Stud 23 $2,720,000 $118,261 $875,000 454
Pencarrow Stud 12 $2,170,000 $180,833 $575,000 189
Little Avondale Stud 13 $1,995,000 $153,462 $320,000 165
Woburn Farm 18 $1,992,500 $110,694 $275,000 252
Rich Hill Stud 16 $1,960,000 $122,500 $240,000 8


2020 Book 1 Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
Trelawney Stud 11 $314,545 $3,460,000 $625,000 247
Jamieson Park 6 $204,167 $1,225,000 $420,000 456
Haunui Farm 19 $190,526 $3,620,000 $500,000 28
Pencarrow Stud 12 $180,833 $2,170,000 $575,000 189
Waikato Stud 59 $167,839 $9,902,500 $800,000 79
Wentwood Grange 26 $161,538 $4,200,000 $500,000 379
Monovale Farm 5 $158,000 $790,000 $340,000 136
Valachi Downs 12 $156,250 $1,875,000 $330,000 331
Westbury Stud 24 $154,479 $3,707,500 $900,000 155
Little Avondale Stud 13 $153,462 $1,995,000 $320,000 165
Curraghmore 20 $146,000 $2,920,000 $360,000 297
Inglewood Stud 5 $142,000 $710,000 $270,000 266

 

2020 Book 1 Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold)

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
American Pharoah* 6 $265,833 $1,595,000 $575,000 189
Lonhro 6 $256,667 $1,540,000 $675,000 342
Savabeel 58 $247,241 $14,340,000 $875,000 454
Teofilo 5 $224,000 $1,120,000 $300,000 658
Pierro 9 $222,222 $2,000,000 $900,000 155
Hinchinbrook 4 $197,500 $790,000 $400,000 184
Pride of Dubai 4 $192,500 $770,000 $275,000 252
Reliable Man 11 $172,727 $1,900,000 $330,000 145
Toronado 3 $170,000 $510,000 $230,000 524
Divine Prophet* 4 $150,000 $600,000 $180,000 310
Iffraaj 30 $146,333 $4,390,000 $400,000 337
Shocking 4 $145,000 $580,000 $220,000 384

*Frist season sire


2020 Book 1 Leading First Season Sire by Average (three or more sold)

Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot
American Pharoah 6 $265,833 $1,595,000 $575,000 189
Divine Prophet 4 $150,000 $600,000 $180,000 310
Maurice 4 $128,750 $515,000 $180,000 172
Vadamos* 21 $125,714 $2,640,000 $330,000 331
Tivaci* 28 $124,821 $3,495,000 $500,000 241
Belardo* 5 $106,000 $530,000 $210,000 144
Astern 4 $91,250 $365,000 $150,000 123
Preferment* 7 $90,000 $630,000 $160,000 21
Tarzino* 16 $86,094 $1,377,500 $170,000 319
Turn Me Loose* 15 $73,500 $1,102,500 $160,000 182

*New Zealand based

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