Pentire filly tops the final session at Karaka
THE third and final session of New Zealand Bloodstock's Select Sale concluded on Friday, with a son of Pentire providing the late highlight when selling to Hawkes Racing NZ$230,000 (£120,854/€145,426).
Commenting on their sale-topper, Wayne Hawkes says they were initially attracted to the pedigree by a close relative that they had previously purchased at Karaka.
"We bought Luck of Smiling - the half-brother by Elusive City - for NZ$40,000 as a yearling and he went up to Macau and he's about the fourth best horse up there," said Hawkes.
"Dad took one look at this colt and said we had to have him. He's a better sort than Luck of Smiling and he's by a proven sire in Pentire so we were sold.
"We like the Pentires - we bought the highest priced Pentire in New Zealand last year for $520,000, out of Platinum Blonde, and we really like the way he is coming along.
"We always love coming to New Zealand and buying those kiwi staying horses and are really happy with what was there this year."
Hawkes Racing, represented at Karaka by Wayne, John and Michael Hawkes, paid a top price of NZ$420,000 for a son of Zabeel at the Premier Sale. The Hawkes team ended up in the top five leading buyers for the week.
Pentire has provided three of the top five prices of the Select Sale. The other two were the NZ$170,000 filly purchased by John White and the NZ$170,000 colt bought by Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing.
Pentire is currently third on the New Zealand sire table thanks to the exploits of the Group 1 Thorndon Mile winner Say No More. Pentire completes the Select Sale as the third leading sire by average with 16 sold for an average of $79,219 (£41,595/€50,086), behind Dubawi's average of $88,333 (£46,393/€55,842) with just three lots in the Sale, and High Chaparral's eight at $87,750 (£46,093/€55,465).
The three day Select Sale concluded with 415 horses being sold for NZ$19,114,500 (£10,046,659/€12,083,573) at an average of NZ$46,059 (£24,211/€29,118) and a clearance rate of 74 per cent.
New Zealand Bloodstock Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela is pleased with how figures have held up against last year.
"After a particularly strong session yesterday (Thursday) we were prepared for today to be a quieter day but to have exceeded last year's aggregate and average while maintaining a stronger clearance rate is a great result. Selling felt solid right throughout the three days with a good number of international buyers staying on to compete with the locals," said Vela.
"Overall I think we can be very satisfied with how the week has gone given the current climate. I hope we can carry some of that momentum into our final day on Sunday."
The leading buyer for the Select Sale is John Chalmers Bloodstock from Western Australia with eight purchases for $570,500.
English Derby winner Sir Percy is the leading first season sire of the Select Sale with eight yearling selling for an average of $49,625.
With 25 horses sold, includingthe top lot, Haunui Farm is the leading vendor by aggregate at this session with turnover of $1,477,000 at an average of $59,080.