Pentire filly leading the way at Karaka
THE opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock's three-day Select Sale at Karaka on Wednesday was led by a Pentire filly bought by John White, of John White Bloodstock, for NZ$170,000 (£89,181/€107,425).
The filly, consigned by Mark and Dennt Baker's Hallmark Stud, is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Eyes Light Up.
"She was just a real smart filly, purchased for Bevan Laming in Queensland. He bought two fillies in the Sale," commented White on his purchase. "He'll think about it over the next few days whether he sends them to his Brisbane or Melbourne stable."
Prior to the Pentire filly topping the day's session, the top price for the majority of the day was $160,000 (£83,935/€101,106) paid for a pair of colts by Any Suggestion and Towkay.
Western Australian trainer Wally Mitchell secured the colt by Any Suggestions, the sire responsible for Sunday's Karaka Million winner Ockham's Razor, and Mitchell feels this colt is the ideal candidate for next year's race.
"We bought him mainly for the Karaka Million and we will be aiming for that. He will stay with Murray Baker in preparation for the big race", said Mitchell. "We nearly made the field this year with Testimonial Mac and we are keen to have another go at it."
"He had a strength that drew me to him, I owned Placid Ark who was Horse of the Year and he reminded me a lot of him with a similar build through the shoulder.
"We were also the under-bidder on the three-quarter brother to So You Think and we were disappointed to not get him as we got to $775,000. We ended up purchasing Lot 69 by High Chaparral, the three-quarter brother to Monaco Consul, and overall we are very happy with what we've got at Karaka."
Later in the day a colt by Towkay, consigned by Little Avondale Stud, shared the top spot when bought by South African agent Andy Williams' Worldwide Bloodstock for NZ$160,000.
The first session of the three-day Karaka Select Sale saw 146 lots sold for NZ$6,684,750 at an average of NZ$45,786 (£24,019/€28,932) and a clearance rate of 70 per cent.
New Zealand Bloodstock Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela is pleased with how the session has started.
"It's been a good strong start to the Select Sale with lots of Australian and Asian buyers still here from the Premier Sale and a few more that have arrived particularly for this session," said Vela. "Also the local buyers are out there competing which is encouraging for the few days ahead. Our clearance rate is holding up very well which is pleasing and our figures are in line with last year so if we could maintain that momentum for the next two days it will be a good result."
Standing both Pentire and Any Suggestion, John & Colleen Thompson's Rich Hill Stud is having a strong hand at the Select Sale so far, with Pentire the leading sire of the session and the stud currently the leading vendor by aggregate.