Nayef: four nominations to the sire sold online for an average of £21,000PICTURE: Mark Cranham
Online auction of Nayef nominations proves a hit
AN online auction of four nominations to Nayef hosted by Chepstows last month proved to be a resounding success with each nomination selling for above the stallion's advertised 2010 fee of £15,000.
Between them, the nominations averaged £21,000 and hit a high of £23,000.
It is the second time in as many years that Nayef, who stands at Nunnery Stud in Norfolk, has proved a hit with online bidders as in 2008 nominations to the son of Gulch sold through Chepstows for as much as £29,000.
One of the successful bidders this time around was breeder Polly Eddis, who expressed her delight at being able to secure a nomination, saying: "I was delighted and relieved to win, as ebay would put it, a nomination to Nayef through Luke Lillingston who kindly helped me through what is quite an exciting process!
"I particularly wanted to send a maiden to Nayef who, although a winner, deserved a change in fortune, which I hope this opportunitywill prove to be. Shadwell and Chepstows have given a great chance for very small and fledgling breeders to compete on an equal footing when it can be so difficult to get into the most appropriate sire for the mare. It would be super to see some of the other big guns follow suit."
Anne Oakshott, who launched Chepstows in 2007 alongside her husband Charlie, cited the example of Nayef as to why more stud owners should take advantage of the online auction company.
"I would like all stud owners and managers to use Chepstows in order to give mare owners a chance to bid on the nomination of their choice," she said. "If they have been refused a nomination to the stallion of their choice they can then go on Chepstows and bid for a nomination above the advertised fee.
"For the stud manager or owner, it means they never have to say a definite "no" to a mare owner."