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High Chaparral (M Kinane) wins the Breeders Cup 2002

High Chaparral: led the way among the European shuttlers with three weanlings sold for an average of NZ$153,333

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Karaka ends with 12 per cent drop in average

DECLINES in aggregate and average marred the New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed sale at Karaka, which concluded its three-day run on Wednesday.

The aggregate fell 23 per cent to NZ$5,760,500 (£2,768,696/€3,075,344) while the average dropped 12 per cent to NZ$10,018 (£4,815/€5,348) for 575 horses sold. However, the clearance rate remained on a par with 2010 at 81 per cent.

Down View, the only Gone West mare catalogued, topped the final day's selling when knocked down to Jamieson Park for NZ$85,000 (£40,859/€45,383). The American-bred is the dam of Singapore champion Mexican Rose and was offered by Trelawney Stud in foal to shuttler Mastercraftsman.

"We had a few in our catalogue that we wanted and we targeted her and we are thrilled that now we get to take her home," said James Chapman of Jamieson Park. "She is lovely mare and has done a great job at stud so hopefully we can get some good progeny from her.

Sakhee's Secret

Sakhee's Secret: first New Zealand foals were well received

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"We found the market very strong. Buyers seemed to come out of the woodwork on the stronger lots which made it tough, and overall the vendors that had the right horse, made money."

Overall, 205 broodmares changed hands for a total of NZ$1,695,100 (£814,692/€904,833) and average of $8,269 (£3,974/€4,413), which represented a major drop of a third from 2010.

The weakness of the middle and lower end of the market was summed up by the sale's leading broodmare buyer, Cambridge-based agent Michael Wallace Bloodstock, who bought 12 mares for a total of NZ$223,100.

He said: "The lots that were strong types with good pedigrees were well sought afterin the ring and made good money as there was always competition to purchase them.

"This was particularly evident in the weanling session, especially the premier and select type colts which were toughto buy; but the horses that struggled on pedigree and type found it tough."

European Shuttle sire weanling results
 Stallion  Off  Sold  Average $NZ  Average £/€
 Authorized  1  1  14,000  £6,722/€7,420
 Captain Rio  11  5  9,420  £4,251/€5,026
 Elusive City  10  6  12,466  £5,987/€6,652
 High Chaparral  4  3  153,333  £73,641/€81,863
 Iffraaj  9  8  25,500  £12,248/€13,609
 Librettist  4  3  3,316  £1,592/€1,769
 Oratorio  1  1  3,000  £1,440/€1,600
 Sakhee's Secret  2  2  29,000  £13,928/€15,471
 Sir Percy  1  1  56,000  £26,903/€29,985







Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882