Elusive City Tops Festival Sale First Session

New Zealand Bloodstock's 2009 Festival Sale got underway at Karaka today with a strong clearance rate the highlight on Day One of the two-day sale.

Elusive City Tops Festival Sale First Session

New Zealand Bloodstock's 2009 Festival Sale got underway at Karaka today with a strong clearance rate the highlight on Day One of the two-day sale.

With 186 of the 526 yearlings catalogued for the Festival Sale sold through the ring today, the clearance rate is currently 80%. This compares well with the 84% clearance rate seen at this session last year, which was a new record for this Sale.

Turnover for the day was $2,036,350 with an average of $10,948 and median of $9,000, compared with last year's new record average and median of $16,857 and $12,000 respectively.


 Festival Sale day 1 sale-topper, Lot 1361 by Elusive City.

The top price of the day came at Lot 1361, with the Elusive City colt from Haunui Farm knocked down for $75,000. Out of the Centaine mare, Outstripping, the colt was purchased by Queensland bloodstock agent John Foote.

Foote has purchased two yearlings at this session to make him the second leading buyer at the Festival Sale, in addition to purchasing the Pins colt from Sound Lover for $160,000 at the Karaka Premier Sale (Lot 256) and six yearling colts at the Select Sale.

The leading buyer of today's session was local bloodstock agent Dean Wiles, purchasing 14 yearlings on behalf of Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore based clients for an aggregate of $133,000.

Wiles commented, "We'll get them started here and then depending on their ability they'll either race here in New Zealand first or we'll send them straight up to Asia."

The leading vendor of this session is currently Totara Park Stud, selling 15 for $165,750. Their top lot, a colt by their resident sire Rusty Spur, fetched $41,000 to the bid of Matamata-trainer Andrew Scott.

The Festival Sale - and final day of the 2009 National Yearling Sales Series - continues at Karaka tomorrow, with the final 260 horses (Lots 1451 to 1710) catalogued for sale from 11am.

2009 Festival Sale Day 1 Statistics
2009 Day 1 Overall 2008
Clearance Rate80%84%
2009 Festival Sale Day 1 Top Price - Lot 1361 B.C Elusive City x Outstripping$75,000
2008 Festival Sale Top Price - Lot 1342 B.C Catcher in the Rye x Laundrette$80,000

Top Lots
Lot TypeBreedingVendorPurchaserPrice
1361B.C.Elusive City / OutstrippingHAUNUI FARM JOHN FOOTE BLOODSTOCK (QLD)$75,000
1397B.FRusty Spur / Rare BitsTOTARA PARK STUDMR A SCOTT (Matamata)$41,000
1342B.CKeeninsky / Nun's ChorusELLENDENE FARMSJ & I BLOODSTOCK (Auckland)$40,000
1378B.CEkraar / Pheroz FlightTWIN PINE THOROUGHBREDS MR DR WILES (Waiuku)$36,000
1395B.CSt Reims / Quest for SpeedSEATON PARKGO RACING LIMITED (Wellington)$32,000
1425Br.CCoats Choice / SefidiBERKLEY STUDMRS DM LOGAN (Ruakaka)$32,000
1219C.CNo Excuse Needed / HyadesCLASSIC YORK LODGEMR JK RIDDELL (Palmerston North)$30,000
1248B.FFalkirk / Kate LorimerAINSLEY DOWNS STUDMR MNJ EALES (Palmerston North)$30,000
1302B.FDon Eduardo / Midnight BreakerHAUNUI FARM MR MP BAKER (Cambridge)$30,000
1366B.CForeplay / Paris DiamondOXFORD THOROUGHBREDSMR JK RIDDELL (Palmerston North)$30,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate
PurchaserBoughtAggregateAverageTop Price
MR DR WILES14$133,000$9,500$36,000
NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK (as agent)12$127,000$10,583$28,000
JOHN FOOTE BLOODSTOCK2$108,000$54,000$75,000
SANDERS RACING STABLES6$98,750$16,458$54,000
MR A SCOTT3$70,000$23,333$41,000
MR E DUBOSQ7$62,250$8,893$28,000
MR JK RIDDELL3$61,000$20,333$30,000
MR PA WILLETTS7$59,000$8,429$14,000
MR MP BAKER2$50,000$25,000$30,000
MRS DM LOGAN2$43,000$21,500$32,000

Leading Vendors by Aggregate
VendorSoldAggregateAverageTop Price
TOTARA PARK STUD15$165,750$11,050$41,000
HAUNUI FARM 5$158,000$31,600$75,000
TE RUNGA STUD 15$136,250$9,083$28,000
OXFORD THOROUGHBREDS7$119,000$17,000$33,000
GRANGEWILLIAM STUD 12$69,450$5,788$15,000
TWIN PINE THOROUGHBREDS 3$61,500$20,500$36,000
BERKLEY STUD2$60,000$30,000$32,000
ELLENDENE FARMS3$54,500$18,167$40,000
FERN LEAF THOROUGHBREDS1$54,000$54,000$54,000
ESKER LODGE 4$53,000$13,250$26,000

Leading Vendors by Average (3 or more sold)
VendorSoldAverageAggregateTop Price
HAUNUI FARM 5$31,600$158,000$75,000
TWIN PINE THOROUGHBREDS 3$20,500$61,500$36,000
ELLENDENE FARMS3$18,167$54,500$40,000
OXFORD THOROUGHBREDS7$17,000$119,000$33,000
WESTBURY STUD3$15,000$45,000$20,000
ESKER LODGE 4$13,250$53,000$26,000
AINSLEY DOWNS STUD 4$12,625$50,500$30,000
CHEQUERS STUD3$12,000$36,000$16,000
BRIGHTHILL FARM3$11,667$35,000$14,000

Leading Sires by Average (3 or more sold)
SireSoldAverageAggregateTop Price
Elusive City3$27,083$81,250$75,000
Don Eduardo6$21,333$128,000$30,000
Zenno Rob Roy *5$18,200$91,000$28,000
No Excuse Needed4$16,125$64,500$30,000
Keeninsky *6$15,542$93,250$40,000
St Reims *5$14,300$71,500$32,000
Bachelor Duke5$14,200$71,000$26,000
Falkirk *5$13,250$66,250$30,000

* - First Season Sire

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