Karaka Book Three Concludes
Media Release - Sunday February 3

North Island-based first season sires were to the fore on Sunday with 179 lots going under the hammer at the Book 3 session of New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series.

With 123 lots sold (69%) for a turnover of $1,229,250, the average reached $9,994 and the median $7,000.

"Overall, trade is back on last year as the industry works towards improving the state of racing in New Zealand," commented NZB's Bloodstock Sales Manager Danny Rolston.

$50,000 Sweynesse filly"Despite that, there was plenty of action on the right lots.

"We saw good clearance rates achieved for popular sires, including first season Sweynesse and The Bold One, with Sweynesse on top of the sires table and achieving the highest price of the day.

Within the first half hour of trading,Lot 1090, the Sweynesse filly out of Tavistock mare Happy Endings, entered the sale ring and provided a top price of $50,000.

The granddaughter of four-time Group One winner Snap was offered through the draft of Brighthill Farm and was knocked down to the bid of international Bloodstock Agent Paul Moroney who purchased in partnership with the New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club.

Moroney thought she was the standout yearling of the Book 3 session and was pleased to secure her for his first-time clients.

"When you see a filly like that with the pedigree she has, we try and get them bought and fortunately Alan (Fu) from the New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club was happy to back our judgment," he said.

"They purchased her to be a prospect for the Karaka Million next year and I think she is well worthy of having been bought for that purpose because she looks like she could be like her granddam and get up and do it at two."

Novara Park Stud's Sweynesse topped the leading sire by aggregate table with seven yearlings sold for $101,750.

The second highest-priced yearling today was reached withLot 1265, a colt by Grangewilliam Stud's resident sire The Bold One, who fetched $28,000 from the bid of Shane Crawford's Regal Farm Partnership operation.

Long Acres Stud were the leading vendor by aggregate, selling 100% of their draft for receipts of $100,000, while Hallmark Stud were the leading vendor by average (three or more sold) selling all three of their lots at an average of $15,333.

The leading sire by average (three or more sold) was Westbury Stud's Redwood who traded six lots at an average of $14,833. His highest price at Book 3 was set by Lot 1124, with Westbury consigning the colt who sold for $25,000 to Greene Racing.

Overall, Dean Wiles was the leading purchaser having secured 11 lots for $83,500 under his banner Warrior Stables. Whanganui-based trainer Kevin Myers secured eight horses for $78,000, while Matamata-based trainer Jim Collett rounded out the top three purchasers having outlaid $51,000 for three yearlings under his JC Thoroughbreds operation.

All horses purchased at Karaka this week are eligible for the lucrativeKaraka Million Serieswith two $1 million races available for graduates as two and three-year-olds. Nominations must be received by 5pm Tuesday 5 March 2019.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots contact Regan Donnison on +64 21 512 466. View Passed Lots here:

2019 Book 3 Yearling Sale Statistics

2019 BOOK 3 2018 BOOK 3
AGGREGATE $1,229,250 $1,537,750
AVERAGE $9,994 $13,608
MEDIAN $7,000 $10,000
CLEARANCE 69% 84%
CATALOGUED 208 169
SOLD 123 113
TOP PRICE Lot 1090 Sweynesse - Happy Endings (B.F) $50,000 Lot 1210 Showcasing x Sahara (B.C) $68,000

Top Lots

LOT TYPE BREEDING VENDOR PURCHASER LOCATION PRICE
1090 BR.F Sweynesse / Happy Endings Brighthill Farm New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club / Paul Moroney Bloodstock Auckland $50,000
1265 B.C The Bold One / Coimbra Grangewilliam Stud Regal Farm Partnership Waikato $28,000
1280 B.C Coats Choice / Deft Three Valleys Kaipira Lodge Auckland $26,000
1079 BL.C Highly Recommended / Elle's Aura Berkley Stud Stuart Hale & Co (BAFNZ) Waikato $25,000
1115 BB.C Holy Roman Emperor / Lady Primera Berkley Stud Warrior Stables Auckland $25,000
1124 B.C Redwood / Lychee Westbury Stud Greene Racing Waikato $25,000
1135 B.C Redwood / Morning Haze G. F. Graham AOK Stable Waikato $25,000
1159 B.C Rios / Ransom Claim Seaton Park Ltd Upstage Bloodstock Waikato $25,000
1109 B.F Per Incanto / Kaybebe Archer Park Mr RJ Bothwell Taranaki $24,000
1230 Ch.C Nostradamus / Yurrapendi Berkley Stud Mr M Rogers Auckland $24,000

Leading Purchaser by Aggregate

PURCHASER BOUGHT AGGREGATE AVERAGE TOP PRICE TOP LOT
Warrior Stables (Auckland) 11 $83,500 $7,591 $25,000 1115
Mr KT Myers (Manawatu) 8 $78,000 $9,750 $20,000 1262
JC Thoroughbreds (Waikato) 3 $51,000 $17,000 $20,000 1100
Mr RJ Bothwell (Taranaki) 3 $51,000 $17,000 $24,000 1109
New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club / Paul Moroney Bloodstock (Auckland) 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 1090
Mr TC Pannell (Victoria) 3 $46,000 $15,333 $18,000 1133
Mr M Rogers (Auckland) 2 $44,000 $22,000 $24,000 1230
Kaipira Lodge (Auckland) 2 $41,000 $20,500 $26,000 1280
Regal Farm Partnership (Waikato) 3 $41,000 $13,667 $28,000 1265
Chequers Stud (Waikato) 2 $29,000 $14,500 $15,000 1147

Leading Vendor by Aggregate

VENDOR SOLD AGGREGATE AVERAGE TOP PRICE TOP LOT
Long Acres Stud 10 $100,000 $10,000 $22,000 1172
Grangewilliam Stud 11 $89,500 $8,136 $28,000 1265
Brighthill Farm 8 $87,750 $10,969 $50,000 1090
Berkley Stud 6 $87,000 $14,500 $25,000 1079
Westbury Stud 7 $86,000 $12,286 $25,000 1124
Prima Park 5 $58,500 $11,700 $20,000 1083
Haunui Farm 4 $47,000 $11,750 $22,000 1123
Hallmark Stud 3 $46,000 $15,333 $18,000 1133
Archer Park 5 $45,000 $9,000 $24,000 1109
Cambridge Blue Agistment 4 $44,000 $11,000 $15,000 1224

Leading Vendor by Average (three or more sold)

VENDOR NAME SOLD AVERAGE AGGREGATE TOP PRICE TOP LOT
Hallmark Stud 3 $15,333 $46,000 $18,000 1133
Berkley Stud 6 $14,500 $87,000 $25,000 1079
Three Valleys 3 $14,333 $43,000 $26,000 1280
Westbury Stud 7 $12,286 $86,000 $25,000 1124
Haunui Farm 4 $11,750 $47,000 $22,000 1123
Prima Park 5 $11,700 $58,500 $20,000 1083
Cambridge Blue Agistment 4 $11,000 $44,000 $15,000 1224
Brighthill Farm 8 $10,969 $87,750 $50,000 1090
Westend Partnership 4 $10,750 $43,000 $20,000 1148
Long Acres Stud 10 $10,000 $100,000 $22,000 1172

Leading Sire by Average (three or more sold)

SIRE SOLD AVERAGE AGGREGATE TOP PRICE TOP LOT
Redwood 6 $14,833 $89,000 $25,000 1124
Sweynesse* 7 $14,536 $101,750 $50,000 1090
Highly Recommended 5 $12,400 $62,000 $25,000 1079
El Roca 8 $11,000 $88,000 $16,000 1078
Jimmy Choux 3 $9,333 $28,000 $18,000 1085
The Bold One* 4 $9,125 $36,500 $28,000 1265
Rock 'n' Pop 9 $8,667 $78,000 $20,000 1100
Proisir 5 $8,600 $43,000 $20,000 1083
Ferlax 3 $7,167 $21,500 $12,000 1257
Dalghar 11 $6,682 $73,500 $12,000 1111

*First Season Sire