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A daughter of Iffraaj topped the first day of the Karaka Select sale  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  


Daughter of Iffraaj tops first day of Select sale

DAY one of New Zealand Bloodstock’s three-day Select yearling sale saw 139 lots sell for a combined Nz$7,208,000 (clearance rate 69 per cent) and an average of  Nz$51,856, just below last year’s final figure for the sale of Nz$52,346. The median of Nz$44,000 was 10 per cent up on last year.

The prices were noticeably lower than the two-day Premier sale, with the top lot – a daughter of Iffraaj – making Nz$290,000 (£139,666/ €163,867) when sold to local trainer Roger James, who campaigned her dam  Sayyida, a daughter of Zabeel.

  New Zealand Bloodstock’s co-managing director Petrea Vela said: “Buyers are reporting that the market is still very competitive at this session and quality lots are still tough to buy. A few more localbuyers have made their presence felt, which is encouraging, but there are also a number of international buyers who have stayed on from the Premier Sale hoping to find some value. While buyers are being selective in their purchasing, we're hopeful that the quality on offer will encourage some good competition over the next few days."




Galileo £10,647,143
Dark Angel £3,006,990
Dubawi £2,933,917
Kodiac £2,210,631
Acclamation £2,084,669
Frankel £1,958,449
Nathaniel £1,873,963
Sea The Stars £1,865,254
Iffraaj £1,748,970
Invincible Spirit £1,670,944