Day 1 NZB Festival Sale – Swiss Ace stars at Karaka

NZ Bloodstock recorded a new record for its Festival Sale when a Swiss Ace colt fetched $125,000 on Sunday.  It erased the previous top price of $110,000 for an Elusive City colt in 2010.

The Swiss Ace – Eclaircissement (Hussonet) colt was purchased by Graeme Rogerson from Westbury Stud.  “I trained his dam’s half-sister Illuminates and she was a good horse,” Rogerson said.  “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 Westbury resident Swiss Ace (Secret Savings).  One of his colts was the top priced yearling on Day 3 of the Select Sale at $160,000.

Swiss Ace took top honours on Day 1 with four entries sold at an average of $38,875.  Next was Cambridge Stud sire Keeper with three colts and a filly sold for an average of $23,250.

Westbury Stud also ended the session as the leading vendor by both aggregate and average at $303,000 and $27,545 respectively.  Gerry Harvey’s NZ nursery had reached a sale high on Day 2 of the Premier Sale with a $375,000 Fastnet Rock filly.

A total of 131 lots changed hands for $1.58 million on Sunday at an average of $12,114 and clearance rate of 67%.

The NZ Bloodstock National Yearling Sale will conclude on Monday with a further 212 yearlings.  All lots will be streamed live online at: