Waikato Stud reigns supreme

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Not that the prog­eny of the res­i­dent didn’t meet favour with buy­ers, headed by an O’Reilly fil­lies from Make A Wish and Etoile du Nord that fetched $400,000.

All up, the 40 Pre­mier year­lings sold by Waikato re­alised a to­tal of $6,860,000, more than $2 mil­lion more than the next high­est on the ven­dors’ ta­ble, Cur­ragh­more Stud, with Cam­bridge Stud in third spot with just over $4 mil­lion in re­ceipts. Waikato Stud also topped the ta­ble at the sec­ond-tier Se­lect Sale, with 22 year­lings sold for $1,567,500.

‘‘It’s tremen­dously sat­is­fy­ing to get some a good re­sult again,’’ com­mented Waikato Stud prin­ci­pal Mark Chittick.

‘‘It doesn’t hap­pen overnight, it’s the re­sult of more than two years of plan­ning from the time th­ese horses were con­ceived and foaled.

‘‘Most of all though, it’s a huge team ef­fort. Through the year ev­ery­one does their bit in the var­i­ous op­er­a­tional ar­eas of the stud and come sale time there are some­thing like 50 peo­ple at Karaka com­bin­ing to make it all hap­pen. We sim­ply couldn’t do it with­out the big team around us.’’

Sav­abeel, who has risen to the top of New Zealand’s stay­ing sire ranks, proved the most popular of the Waikato trio with some out­stand­ing re­sults. His best in­di­vid­ual sale was for a colt of­fered by Cur­ragh­more Stud and sold for $425,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club, while he topped the stand­ings for New Zealand-based stal­lions with a Pre­mier av­er­age of $189,342 for 38 year­lings sold.

Other lo­cal op­er­a­tions to come out of the Pre­mier Sale with plenty to savour in­cluded Bland­ford Lodge, who made the top 10 on the ven­dors’ ta­ble with to­tal re­turns of $1,565,000 headed by a top price of $340,000. Valachi Downs took its big­gest draft to Karaka and achieved a per­fect Pre­mier re­sult, sell­ing all 10 year­lings with half of them mak­ing six fig­ures headed by a top price of $170,000.

Map­per­ley Stud also had a suc­cess­ful sale with a top price of $210,000, which equalled Brad­bury Park’s best in­di­vid­ual re­sult, while Rich Hill Stud did even bet­ter with a re­turn of $240,000 for a colt by vet­eran res­i­dent stal­lion Pen­tire. Just as pleas­ing for studmas­ter John Thomp­son was his op­er­a­tion’s sec­ond best re­turn of $135,000 for a son of Rich Hill’s first sea­son sire Jimmy Choux.

Prog­eny of the for­mer cham­pion three-year-old and Horse of the Year struck a chord with buy­ers, eight sell­ing in the Pre­mier Sale at an av­er­age price of $105,000.

‘‘We were op­ti­mistic that his first crop would be in de­mand and to achieve such good re­sults was a thrill. Best of all they were bought by some of the best sta­bles in Australia and New Zealand, so that def­i­nitely au­gurs well for the fu­ture,’’ John said.

In the con­tin­u­a­tion of the pat­tern es­tab­lished over the past decade or more, Te Akau Rac­ing prin­ci­pal David El­lis was again the dom­i­nant force on the buy­ers’ bench.

Waikato Stud’s $600,000 year­ling held the lead un­til late in the two-day Pre­mier ses­sion, but when David El­lis and Vic­to­rian trainer David Hayes went headto-head on Lot 429, a new mark seemed im­mi­nent.

The Fast­net Rock filly from the for­mer cham­pion two-year-old Il Quello Ve­loce was fi­nally knocked down to Te Akau at $800,000, head­ing a to­tal of 22 Pre­mier pur­chases to­talling $3,570,000. Add to that an­other six year­lings at $242,000 from the Se­lect Sale, and it’s clear that an­other crop of fresh race­horses will keep the Te Akau name to the fore.

Lo­cal agent Paul Moroney also made a big splash at Karaka, sign­ing for 10 Pre­mier lots at $1,932,500 and a fur­ther eight at Se­lect cost­ing $440,000.

Photo: TR­ISH DUNEL

TOP PER­FOR­MANCE: The 50-strong Waikato Stud team cel­e­brate an­other job well done af­ter top­ping the Karaka Pre­mier Sale for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Photo: NZ RAC­ING DESK

SALE TOP­PING: From left, David El­lis, the lead­ing buyer yet again at the Na­tional Year­ling Sales, Shel­ley Tre­week (Lyn­d­hurst Farm) and Mark Walker (Sin­ga­pore based trainer), pic­tured with sale-top­ping Fast­net Rock filly, pur­chased for $800,000.

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