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New Record Top Price at Karaka Festival Sale

New Record Top Price at Karaka Festival Sale

Day 1 of New Zealand Bloodstock’s two-day Festival Sale was highlighted by a new top price for this session with the Swiss Ace colt at Lot 1149 fetching $125,000.

From the Hussonet mare Eclaircissement, Lot 1149 from Westbury Stud was purchased by Rogerson Bloodstock for $125,000.

Having a previous affiliation with the family, Rogerson was prepared to go beyond his budget to secure the colt out of a half-sister to multiple stakeswinner Illuminates (Strategic).

Record Festival Sale top Lot 1149 was purchased for $125,000 by Rogerson Bloodstock
“I trained Illuminates and she was a good horse,” commented Rogerson.

“I thought he was the nicest horse here today but I didn’t think I would have to go that high for him.”

The colt was the second highlight provided this week by the freshman sire Swiss Ace (Secret Savings), who also provided the top price on the final day of the Select Sale when Tony Pike went to $160,000 for the colt at Lot 1007. The previous top price at the Festival Sale was $110,000 paid for the Elusive City colt at Lot 1397 in 2010.

Westbury Stud’s resident sire Swiss Ace took top honours for the day with four entries sold at an average of $38,875. Next was the Cambridge Stud sire Keeper with three colts and a filly sold for an average of $23,250 with a top price of $32,000 for Lot 1214.

With Westbury Stud fielding three of the top five prices for the day, the stud ended the day as the leading vendor by both aggregate and average at $303,000 and $27,545 respectively with 11 yearlings sold. Westbury has a further 25 entries catalogued tomorrow by the likes of Swiss Ace, Captain Rio, Postponed, Cecconi, Red Giant, Iffraaj, Librettist and Tavistock.

With the biggest draft at Karaka 2013 with 81 lots entered for sale, Westbury has sold 51 for $3,655,500 so far this week, at a combined average of $71,676 across the three sales sessions. The Stud’s top price was $375,000 paid for its Fastnet Rock filly at Lot 333 by NZB as agent for a local owner on Day 2 of the Premier Sale.

With 440 lots catalogued at this year’s Festival Sale compared with just 308 in 2012, so far 131 have sold for $1,586,950 at an average of $12,114 and clearance rate of 67%. A further 212 yearlings have been catalogued for the final day of the Festival Sale tomorrow.

Following the trend at the Select Sale, it was the local buyers who have been the most active at this session, accounting for 85% of today’s turnover on 122 horses.

Buying for a range of owners, Graeme Rogerson’s solo purchase today joined a list of 15 yearlings purchased by him at the Premier (7) & Select (8) Sales earlier in the week, including top price of $200,000 paid for the Captain Rio colt at Lot 165 of Premier.

The leading buyer by numbers for the day was Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers with seven yearlings purchased for $66,800 at an average of $9,543. He paid a top price of $23,000 for Ardsley Stud’s Elusive City colt at Lot 1237.

After six days of selling at Karaka 2013, total takings are currently $69,374,450 for 863 yearlings sold. This includes 10 yearlings that have found new homes since the close of selling at the Premier and Select Sales earlier in the week.To view the remaining Passed Lots during this week click here: Premier Sale, Select Sale, Festival Sale.

The final day of Karaka 2013 will take place tomorrow with Lots 1281 to 1492 from 11am. All lots will be streamed live online at

2013 Festival Yearling Sale Day 1 Statistics
2013 Festival Sale Day 1 2012 Festival Sale
AGGREGATE $1,586,950 $3,197,800
AVERAGE $12,114 $15,300
MEDIAN $8,500 $12,000
SOLD 131 209
TOP LOT Lot 1149 B.C Swiss Ace x Eclaircissement $125,000 Lot 1274 Ch.C Coats Choice x Illusive Hope & Lot 1417 B.C Cecconi x Storm Brose $70,000

Top Lots Day 1

Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
1149 B. C Swiss Ace / Eclaircissement Westbury Stud Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton) $125,000
1225 Ch. C Bachelor Duke / Justawins Haunui Farm NZB as agent (Auckland) $67,500
1164 B. C Towkay / Eutrophy Little Avondale Stud John Foote Bloodstock (QLD) $47,500
1074 B. C Postponed / Ballyalla Westbury Stud John White Bloodstock (Cambridge) $45,000
1081 B. F Postponed / Belleza Westbury Stud Mr TJ McKee (Auckland) $35,000
1090 B. C No Excuse Needed / Bloomsbury Girl Hallmark Stud Power Bloodstock (HK) $33,000
1214 B. C Keeper / Impulsive Maara Grange NZB as agent (Pukekohe) $32,000
1065 B. C Edenwold / Ashberg Berkley Stud Mr EE & Mrs KM Jillings (Feilding) $32,000
1067 Ch. C Captain Rio / Attaque Wobinda Farm Paul Moroney Bloodstock (VIC) $30,000
1185 B. C Sir Percy / Game Call Rich Hill Stud Dr JA & Mrs DM Bowbyes (Auckland) $26,000
Leading Purchasers by Aggregate
Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price
NZB as agent 10 $211,000 $21,100 $67,500 (Lot 1225)
Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton) 1 $125,000 $125,000 $125,000 (Lot 1149)
John Foote Bloodstock (QLD) 2 $67,500 $33,750 $47,500 (Lot 1164)
Mr KT Myers (Marton) 7 $66,800 $9,543 $23,000 (Lot 1237)
Mr TJ McKee (Auckland) 3 $55,500 $18,500 $35,000 (Lot 1081)
John White Bloodstock (Cambridge) 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 (Lot 1074)
Mr GR Vile (Palmerston North) 2 $38,000 $19,000 $25,000 (Lot 1069)
Paul Moroney Bloodstock (VIC) 2 $36,000 $18,000 $30,000 (Lot 1067)
Power Bloodstock (HK) 1 $33,000 $33,000 $33,000 (Lot 1090)
Michael Stedman Bloodstock (NSW) 2 $32,500 $16,250 $25,000 (Lot 1133)
Mr EE & Mrs KM Jillings (Feilding) 1 $32,000 $32,000 $32,000 (Lot 1065)
Leading Vendors by Aggregate
Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price
Westbury Stud 11 $303,000 $27,545 $125,000 (Lot 1149)
Haunui Farm 4 $103,500 $25,875 $67,500 (Lot 1225)
Berkley Stud 6 $87,000 $14,500 $32,000 (Lot 1065)
Little Avondale Stud 2 $71,500 $35,750 $47,500 (Lot 1164)
Hallmark Stud 2 $58,000 $29,000 $33,000 (Lot 1090)
Brighthill Farm 8 $53,900 $6,738 $15,000 (Lot 1246)
Poplar Lodge 5 $44,500 $8,900 $20,000 (Lot 1172)
Rich Hill Stud 4 $44,250 $11,063 $26,000 (Lot 1185)
Fairdale Stud 3 $38,000 $12,667 $18,000 (Lot 1196)
Sanderston Park 2 $36,000 $18,000 $25,000 (Lot 1069)
Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)
Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Westbury Stud 11 $27,545 $303,000 $125,000 (Lot 1149)
Haunui Farm 4 $25,875 $103,500 $67,500 (Lot 1225)
Berkley Stud 6 $14,500 $87,000 $32,000 (Lot 1065)
Fairdale Stud 3 $12,667 $38,000 $18,000 (Lot 1196)
Rich Hill Stud 4 $11,063 $44,250 $26,000 (Lot 1185)
Poplar Lodge 5 $8,900 $44,500 $20,000 (Lot 1172)
Grangewilliam Stud 3 $8,667 $26,000 $18,000 (Lot 1197)
Te Runga Stud 4 $8,125 $32,500 $10,000 (Lot 1263)
Bradbury Park 3 $7,933 $23,800 $15,000 (Lot 1057)
Mapperley Stud 4 $7,688 $30,750 $13,000 (Lot 1231)
Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)
Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price
Swiss Ace 4 $38,875 $155,500 $125,000 (Lot 1149)
Keeper 4 $23,250 $93,000 $32,000 (Lot 1214)
Captain Rio 3 $21,333 $64,000 $30,000 (Lot 1067)
Alamosa 3 $16,000 $48,000 $24,000 (Lot 1228)
Guillotine 3 $14,667 $44,000 $25,000 (Lot 1069)
Edenwold 5 $14,000 $70,000 $32,000 (Lot 1065)
Sir Percy 3 $13,083 $39,250 $26,000 (Lot 1185)
Elusive City 4 $12,500 $50,000 $23,000 (Lot 1237)
Nom du Jeu 6 $11,250 $67,500 $18,000 (Lot 1196)
Fully Fledged 3 $11,000 $33,000 $15,000 (Lot 1057)


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