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Five year sale topper for South Island Sale
21 Apr 2017 | New Zealand Bloodstock 
The 2017 edition of the National Yearling Sales Series: South Island Sale drew to a close at the RDA Building in Christchurch on Friday after a day of inspections and bidding.

A total of sixty-one horses sold for receipts totalling $1,070,000 to a strong domestic and international buying bench.

Internationally renowned bloodstock agent John Foote led the buying, purchasing a total of four yearlings for $116,500, including Lot 1 a colt by Jakkalberry out of Ultra Explosive purchased in partnership with Darren Weir.

Foote has had good success with South Island Sale graduates including Listed Tasmanian Oaks winner Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Unfurl (NZ) (Raise the Flag). He commented that “my regular attendance at the sale is because of the improved quality on offer and my recent success with purchases from past sales”.

The highlight of the day came at Lot 100, a Rock ‘n’ Pop yearling filly out of The Glitter, knocked down to the bid of Beltana Stud principal Richard Rutherford.

“I really liked the pedigree of this filly which I specifically purchased her for,” said Rutherford.

“Ravelston don’t sell too many from this iconic ‘The’ family so it was a rare opportunity to secure a quality bloodline. She will be nominated for the Karaka Million Series and ultimately will join our broodmare band”.

Rutherford was determined to acquire her and outlaid $87,000 to do so, the highest price paid at the Sale since 2012.

Vendor representative Rob Denis, the next generation of the famous Denis Brothers, was “especially happy to see her go to such a good home”.

Beltana Stud achieved the highest price of any yearling offered this Sales Series in Lot 10 selling for $825,000 at the Premier Sale.

Lot 33 offered by Mansfield Farm was the second price highlight of the day. By Ekraar out of Eurotec, the brown filly caught the eye of trainer Graeme Rogerson.

“Sir Patrick Hogan persistently encouraged me to come down to the sale and support the South Island breeders.

“My pick of the Sale was Lot 33 the Ekraar filly. She’s a lovely filly that will be syndicated and entered in the Karaka Million Series” said Rogerson.

White Robe Lodge was once again crowned leading vendor, selling twelve yearlings at an average of $19,500. Principal Wayne Stuart was pleased with the overall result commenting that “there was good depth in the buying bench with plenty of local and international representation. We look forward to marketing the first foals by Ghibellines to buyers next year”.

Leading sire by average (three or more sold) was White Robe’s Raise the Flag, achieving an average of $19,833 for six horses sold.

The final result of the Sale saw an aggregate increase of 61% on the 2015 edition, but behind last year’s record-breaking result. The clearance rate stayed constant at 71% and the average was on par with last year at $17,541.

NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook was “confident that the Sale would be stronger than 2015, but would be a hard act to follow on the record breaking 2016 result”.

“The quality of the Southern product is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to have achieved the results we did for our vendors.

“It would be fair to say that the experience for our vendors and buyers at the RDA venue is greatly improved. We look forward to coming back next year,” said Seabrook.

For a one-off entry fee of $2,500 (+GST), all yearlings purchased at the South Island Sale are eligible to be nominated for NZB’s enhanced Karaka Million Series with entries closing at 5pm on Friday 19 May.

2017 South Island Sale Statistics

2017 2016 2015
Aggregate $1,070,000 $1,447,100 $655,250
Average $17,541 $17,435 $10,401
Median $13,000 $15,000 $6,000
Clearance 71% 92% 64%
Catalogued 106 98 108
Sold 61 83 63
Top Lot Lot 100 Rock 'n' Pop x The Glitter $87,000 Lot 76 Raise The Flag x Legal Note $52,500 Lot 50 Per Incanto x Silver Cent $82,500

Top Lots

100 BR.F Rock 'n' Pop / The Glitter Ravelston Stud Mr RH Rutherford Christchurch $87,000
33 BR.F Ekraar / Eurotec Mansfield Farm Rogerson Bloodstock Hamilton $70,000
83 B.C Rip Van Winkle / Silky Oak Ballybin NZ Mr E Sullivan Indonesia $50,000
1 B.C Jakkalberry / Ultra Explosive Berkley Stud Mr J Foote / Mr D Weir Victoria $42,500
35 B.C Raise the Flag / Flyby White Robe Lodge Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Whanganui $40,000
28 BR.C Zacinto / Di Cee Park Hill Stables Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Cambridge $37,000
74 B.F Highly Recommended / Samphire Three Valleys Regal Farm Partnership Cambridge $30,000
93 B.C Highly Recommended / Swapping White Robe Lodge Mr M Pitman Malaysia $30,000
3 B.C Raise the Flag / Upclosenpersonal White Robe Lodge Mr J Foote / Mr D Weir Victoria $28,000
10 BR.F Nadeem / Zenno Queen White Robe Lodge Mr J Foote / Mr D Weir Victoria $28,000
36 B.F Highly Recommended / Flytaine Mansfield Farm Mr SB Marsh Cambridge $28,000
41 B.C Highly Recommended / Howbaddouneedit Three Valleys Pike Racing Cambridge $28,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Mr J Foote / Mr D Weir (VIC) 4 $116,500 $29,125 $42,500 Lot 1 Jakkalberry x Ultra Explosive
Mr RH Rutherford (Christchurch) 1 $87,000 $87,000 $87,000 Lot 100 Rock 'n' Pop x The Glitter
Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (Wanganui) 3 $85,000 $28,333 $40,000 Lot 35 Raise the Flag x Flyby
Mr E Sullivan (Indonesia) 2 $72,500 $36,250 $50,000 Lot 83 Rip Van Winkle x Silky Oak
Ric Wylie Bloodstock (Hong Kong) 4 $70,000 $17,500 $22,000 Lot 87 Raise the Flag x Stage Flash
Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton) 1 $70,000 $70,000 $70,000 Lot 33 Ekraar x Eurotec

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

White Robe Lodge 16 12 1 3 $234,000 $19,500 $40,000 Lot 35 Raise the Flag x Flyby
Berkley Stud 18 12 3 3 $207,500 $17,292 $42,500 Lot 1 Jakkalberry x Ultra Explosive
Mansfield Farm 3 3 0 0 $118,000 $39,333 $70,000 Lot 33 Ekraar x Eurotec
Three Valleys 8 8 0 0 $116,000 $14,500 $30,000 Lot 74 Highly Recommended x Samphire
Ravelston Stud 3 3 0 0 $102,000 $34,000 $87,000 Lot 100 Rock 'n' Pop x The Glitter
Park Hill Stables 5 3 2 0 $79,500 $26,500 $37,000 Lot 28 Zacinto x Di Cee

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Mansfield Farm 3 $39,333 $118,000 $70,000 Lot 33 Ekraar x Eurotec
Ravelston Stud 3 $34,000 $102,000 $87,000 Lot 100 Rock 'n' Pop x The Glitter
Park Hill Stables 3 $26,500 $79,500 $37,000 Lot 28 Zacinto x Di Cee
White Robe Lodge 12 $19,500 $234,000 $40,000 Lot 35 Raise the Flag x Flyby
Berkley Stud 12 $17,292 $207,500 $42,500 Lot 1 Jakkalberry x Ultra Explosive
Three Valleys 8 $14,500 $116,000 $30,000 Lot 74 Highly Recommended x Samphire

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Raise the Flag 6 $19,833 $119,000 $40,000 Lot 35 Raise the Flag x Flyby
Highly Recommended 13 $16,962 $220,500 $30,000 Lot 74 Highly Recommended x Samphire
Zacinto 4 $16,250 $65,000 $37,000 Lot 28 Zacinto x Di Cee
Coats Choice 3 $14,667 $44,000 $21,000 Lot 63 Coats Choice x O'Tryst
Gallant Guru 4 $13,000 $52,000 $22,000 Lot 17 Gallant Guru x Blessed Thee
Jimmy Choux 3 $8,000 $24,000 $15,000 Lot 77 Jimmy Choux x Set

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