Take a punt on racing at sales
The largest thoroughbred breeding stock auction of the year is fast approaching with New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale on May 12 and 13 at Karaka.
The sale caters to the needs of every buyer with 540 horses catalogued for sale ranging from weanlings, broodmares, yearlings, two- year- olds, unraced stock, horses-in-training, racehorses and stallion shares.
Buyers with any budget can find a horse to suit their requirements whether looking for a $1000 bargain or a horse from proven bloodlines worth $100,000 or above.
There is plenty of incentive to purchase a weanling at the sale with the average price last year sitting just below $11,000, and graduates of the sale succeeding on the racetrack and at auction this season.
Melbourne’s renowned Spring Carnival has been a happy hunting ground for National Weanling Sale graduate Solzhenitsyn (NZ) (St Petersburg) as he triumphed in his second successive Group 1 Toorak Handicap this season, becoming the fifth horse in the race’s 132- year history to win back- to- back runnings of the event.
Back home in New Zealand, Matamata trained galloper Puccini ( NZ) ( Encosta de Lago) dominated the three- year- old rankings this season, winning three Guineas races at Group 2 level before succeeding in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby – New Zealand’s second-richest race – for trainers Peter and Jacob McKay.
The practice of pinhooking sees buyers purchase weanlings at the sale to on-sell as yearlings at the National Yearling Sales Series in January.
This process has been fruitful for a number of buyers- turnedsellers with profits reaching up to $ 130,000 at this year’s sales series.
Walton- based farm Landsdowne Park tasted success this year at Karaka with two notable profitable pinhooks.
The operation run by David Duley purchased a weanling by Pins for $9000 at the National Weanling Sale and then offered the filly as a yearling at Karaka in January, fetching $75,000. They also purchased an Alamosa colt last May for $25,000 then sold him for $ 70,000 eight months later.
Always exciting to see is a fresh batch of first season sires with their oldest progeny entering the sale ring for the first time as weanlings.
This year’s sale will be the first chance to inspect the offspring of top- class racehorses such as Group 1 winners Cape Blanco, Gio Ponti, Poet’s Voice, Pour Moi, Redwood, Uncle Mo and local hero Jimmy Choux.
Boutique Matamata nursery Ancroft Stud has elected not to sell at the National Yearling Sales Series next year, and instead will focus its entire crop on the National Weanling Sale with quality stock by Pins, High Chaparral, Rip Van Winkle, Starcraft, Redwood and Sakhee’s Secret.
There is plenty of interest in the broodmare session of the sale with 209 lots up for auction. This offers a great opportunity to buy a quality mare to begin or add to your breeding stock. Among the entries are 12 mares by the great Zabeel, a champion sire of racehorses who is becoming just as accomplished as a broodmare sire.
Breeders will have the opportunity to buy a mare carrying the first foals of new sire Ocean Park ( Thorn Park) who is based at Matamata’s Waikato Stud. New Zealand’s reigning horse of the year was a five-time Group 1 winner last season including the highly- esteemed Group 1 Cox Plate and his first progeny are sure to attract interest when they are born later this year.
In addition to the weanlings and broodmares is a selection of yearlings, two-year-olds, unraced stock, horses- in- training and racehorses, offering opportunities to acquire current racing and/or breeding propositions.
The horses-in-training session is in its fourth year and is for horses which have trialled, raced or breezed up for the NZB Ready to Run Sale this racing season and is an opportunity to purchase a readymade racehorse.
A highlight of the session is the stakes winner Girl of My Dreams (NZ) (Gold Centre), the winner of the Group 3 Taranaki 2YO Classic last season and a placegetter in the Listed Wanganui Guineas this season.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held on Monday May 12 and Tuesday May 13 at the Karaka Sales Complex with selling commencing at 10am each day.
For further sale information and to view the catalogue online visit www.nzb.co.nz.
On a roll: Melbourne’s renowned Spring Carnival has been a happy hunting ground for National Weanling Sale graduate Solzhenitsyn (pictured) as he triumphed in his second successive Group 1 Toorak Handicap this season, becoming the fifth horse in the race’s 132-year history to win backto-back runnings of the event.