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Elusive City - Goodwood July 2002

Elusive City: His stock at the Karaka Festival Yearling sold for an average of NZ$43,583

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

 

ElusiveCity all the rage at Karaka Festival Sale

SHUTTLER Elusive City was once again all the rage at the Karaka Festival Yearling Sale in New Zealand, siring two six-figure yearlings during the second session on Monday.

Both colts surpassed the NZ$80,000 sale record which was set on Sunday by another son of Elusive City.

Taking top honours was a colt out of the winning Sir Tristram mare Wishing Belle, who was knocked down for NZ$110,000 (£48,507/€55,339) to New Zealand Bloodstock on behalf of Cambridge-based clients. Haunui Farm, who stands Elusive City during the southern hemisphere season, consigned the colt.

Elusive City was also on the mark courtesy of a NZ$100,000 (£44,111/€50,324) colt, who was sold to International Bloodstock Consultants.

Unsurprisingly, the stallion ended the two-day sale as leading sire with an average of NZ$43,583.

In keeping with last week's Karaka Premier and Select Yearling Sales, the Festival auction ended with gains in aggregate and average.

The aggregate leapt nine per cent to NZ$4,915,600 (£2,167,454/€2,472,419) while the NZ$14,987 (£6,608/€7,538) average represented a 25 per cent increase on last year. The median of NZ$10,000 (£4,408/€5,028) remained the same and the clearance rate was 71 per cent.

In addition to the Elusive City pair, the six-figure barrier was also broken by a son of King's Chapel - a Group 1-winning son of King Of Kings - who sold to Auckland bloodstock agent Robt Dawe for NZ$100,000.

 

 

 

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