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Elusive City colt tops
NZ Festival Sale

A COLT by last season's leading northern-hemisphere first-season sire, Elusive City, topped the first session of the Karaka Festival Sale.

Elusive City, whose first ever foals were born in the southern hemisphere, stood at Trelawney Stud in 2005 and is owned by a partnership of New Zealand studs including Haunui Farm where the sire stood for the 2008 season at a fee of NZ$8,000.

Haunui Farm consigned the top lot who was sold to Queensland bloodstock agent John Foote for NZ$75,000 (£26,100 / €29,600).

Elusive City topped the session's list of sires by average with three sold for an average price of NZ$27,083 (£9,400 / €10,600)

The leading buyer of today's session was the New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Dean Wiles, who purchased 14 yearlings on behalf of Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore-based clients for a total spend of $133,000 (£46,400 / €52,600)

Wiles said: "We'll get them startedhere and then depending on their ability they'll either race here in New Zealand first or we'll send them straight up to Asia."

Turnover for the day was NZ$2,036,350 (£700,000 / €800,000) with an average of NZ$10,948 (£3,800 / €4,330)  and median of NZ$9,000 (£3,133 / €3,560) falls of 35 and25 per cent compared with 2008.  The session's clearance rate was recorded at a solid 80 per cent. 





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