Iffraaj finished the leading first season sire by average at KarakaPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Karaka figures boosted by strong second session
A MUCH improved second day performance saw Karaka's Premier Yearling Sale close with an aggregrate of Nz$65,574,000 for 375 lots sold - marginally down on last year's $65,723.
The average of Nz$174,864 was four per cent down on last year while the clearance rate was 79.45 per cent compared to 80 per cent.
For the second day running, the top lot was bought by New Zealand owner David Ellis. Having paid Nz$800,000 for a son of Danehill Dancer on day one, he went to Nz$875,000 for a colt by Red Ransom who is a half-brother to lNew Zealand Bloodstock 1,000 Guineas winner King's Rose.
"He is a terrific colt. He has an interesting pedigree and, given he performs on the track, would make a great stud prospect and would be a good match for New Zealand mares," said Ellis.
"We had to fight off David Hayes and Chris Waller, bothastute judges in their own right, to secure the horse, but we are thrilled that he will be staying in New Zealand.
"Today has seen a much stronger day overall; there were a lot of quality horses on offer which was reflected inthe market as buyers bid hard for their desired lots."
With 25 yearlings bought for Nz$4,433,500, Ellis was the second leading buyer of the Sale behind Connolly Bloodstock who purchased 16 horses for Nz $5,055,000.
Zabeel was the top sire by average at the sale, with 27 selling for an aggregrate of NZ$9,345,000 and an average of Nz$346,111. Next best was Red Ransom (five sold for Nz$1,535,000, average NZ$307,000), Encosta de Lago (15, Nz$4,015,000, Nz$267,667), Danehill Dancer (5, Nz$1,310,000, Nz$262,000), High Chaparral (31, Nz$7,745,000, Nz$249,839).
Iffraaj (10, Nz$2,085,000, Nz$208,500) was the top first season sire by average, with Bernardini (9, Nz$1,525,000, Nz$169,444), Dylan Thomas (5, Nz$745,000, Nz$149,000), and Sreet Sense (3, Nz$255,000, Nz$85,000) all in the top five.