Top price paid to keep colt in NZ

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

Trad­ing at any Na­tional Year­ling Sale is a two-way street be­tween ven­dors and buy­ers, on which score Mata­mata in­ter­ests came away from Karaka last week with plenty to be sat­is­fied about.

The head­lines from the New Zealand thor­ough­bred breed­ing in­dus­try’s big­gest week of the year be­longed to David El­lis of the om­nipresent Te Akau Rac­ing op­er­a­tion, af­ter he had fought off stiff over­seas com­pe­ti­tion to se­cure the gem of the Premier cat­a­logue, the Fast­net Rock-nureyev’s Girl colt, for $1,750,000. Fast­net Rock is the red-hot stal­lion across Aus­trala­sia, while Nureyev’s Girl is al­ready the dam of Te Akau’s 2010-11 New Zealand Blood­stock Filly of the Year King’s Rose and the Red Ran­som colt that had topped sell­ing at last year’s Na­tional Sale at $850,000 to the bid of – you guessed it – David El­lis.

All pre-sale pre­dic­tions were that the colt put for­ward by Cam­bridge Stud on be­half of Hong Kong res­i­dent Dr Gene Tsoi would top the of­fer­ing and so it proved.

Bid­ding opened at $400,000 and took no time to reach $1 mil­lion but it wasn’t un­til the $1.4 mil­lion mark that David El­lis winked at auc­tion­eer Joe Walls for the first time.

Peter Moody, the Melbourne trainer of cham­pion race mare Black Caviar, and Tom Mag­nier of the global Cool­more op­er­a­tion had been trad­ing bids to that point but then it came down to El­lis ver­sus Mag­nier.

‘‘I thought I might have got him at $1.5 mil­lion but the Cool­more boys stuck in there,’’ David said af­ter­wards. ‘‘I was de­ter­mined to have him and I was happy when the ham­mer came down at $1.75 mil­lion, although I would have gone higher if I’d had to. I wanted this horse for New Zealand; it’s ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial that we re­tain horses like this.’’ The pricey colt was lone­some on the sale-top­pers’ leader­board, with the next best price $800,000 for So You Think’s three-quar­ter­brother.

Like the ma­jor­ity of Te Akau’s pur­chases he will be syn­di­cated and go into train­ing with Ja­son Bridg­man at the op­er­a­tion’s Mata­mata sta­ble head­quar­ters.

All told, David El­lis suc­cess­fully bid for 30 lots across the Premier and Se­lect cat­a­logues at a to­tal value of $6,487,500, which sur­passed his 2011 spend by al­most $2 mil­lion.

Other lo­cal buy­ers who played a sig­nif­i­cant part in pro­ceed­ings in­cluded Paul Moroney, buy­ing for do­mes­tic and Aus­tralian clients, who signed for 17 lots to a to­tal value of $959,000, while Mata­mata train­ers Gra­ham Richard­son and Lance No­ble took part right through to Sun­day’s final Fes­ti­val ses­sion, where their pur­chases in­cluded the equal top-priced lots at $70,000.

On the other side of the ledger, the dis­trict’s big­gest op­er­a­tors Waikato Stud and Rich Hill Stud headed those whose 2012 year­ling crop pro­duced some pleas­ing re­sults.

Waikato took fourth place on the ven­dor ag­gre­gates ta­ble with re­ceipts of $4,162,500 over 52 sales, the best of them a colt by Sav­abeel from Ugachaka at $310,000.

Rich Hill’s sale pro­duced in­come of $2,770,500 for 42 lots, while Bland­ford Lodge took $1,735,000 for 16 lots and Map­per­ley Stud, back in the sales ac­tion un­der new man­ager Simms Dav­i­son, sold 21 lots for $1,482,000.

Back on the rac­ing front, Ken and Bev Kelso had a re­ward­ing day out at Te Rapa on Satur­day, book­end­ing the pro­gramme with wins by Won’t Lie Down and Wise­crack and miss­ing a tre­ble by inches with their fresh-up run­ner C’mon Cuba. Wise­crack, now the win­ner of five of his 10 starts, is en­tered for the 3200-me­tre Auck­land Cup in a month’s time but be­fore that he has to con­vince his con­nec­tions that he is ready for such a test.

Also at Te Rapa, Cze­chout Girl made it two wins this prepa­ra­tion for her trainer Karyn Mcquade and own­ers Gary and Linda Hodel when she dug deep to beat the Gra­ham Richard­son-trained Ju­bi­late.

Cze­chout Girl was a clever pur­chase for $7500 on the ad­vice of Karyn’s hus­band Hamish at a Karaka mixed sale last au­tumn, hav­ing al­ready shown what she was made of when beat­ing An­a­ban­dana at Te Rapa in late 2010.

David El­lis

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