Day 1 NZB National Sale – Top-priced foal by Darci Brahma

NZ Bloodstock’s National Sale got underway at Karaka on Wednesday with local sire Darci Brahma providing the highlight of the 220 weanlings on offer.

The top lot came early on in proceedings with Curraghmore Stud’s colt by Darci Brahma (Lot 6) fetching $85,000 to the bid of Shane Crawford’s Regal Farm.  His dam Anca (Howbaddouwantit) is a winning sister to top Singapore performer Ace Aleta.

“We came to the sale just to purchase him and we thought we might have to go a little bit higher,” commented Crawford.  “He is a lovely type of horse and will be a part of our racing team.”

Windsor Park freshman sire Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) provided the second-top price with his colt from winning Volksraad mare Linnet making $75,000 to the bid of Tom Magnier.

Darci Brahma headed the sires table by aggregate with 5 sales for $157,500.  Thorn Park topped the averages with 4 sold for an average of $36,250.

Astute pin-hookers Bruce and Maureen Harvey of Ascot Farm were very active throughout the day, securing 6 youngsters at an average of $43,583.  Their buys included the top priced filly of the day – Bluegables Farm’s Savabeel filly from the unraced Dehere mare Eaudechloe at $47,000.

As the leading weanling vendor for the past seven years in a row, Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud looks set to keep its record intact by ending Day 1 as the leader by both aggregate and average, with 9 sold for $288,500 at an average just over $32,000.

Day 1 saw 131 foals sell for $1.46 million at an average of $11,161 and clearance rate of 72%.  The median is currently $5,000.

Day 2 on Thursday has a further 135 weanling entries (Lots 221 to 355), followed by horses-in-training, yearlings, two-year-olds, unraced stock and racehorses.  The Sale concludes on Friday with the Broodmare session from Lots 430 to 658.

The catalogue can be viewed at:  http://www.nzb.co.nz/sales/sale.cfm?sale_id=167

The Sale will also be streamed live online at:  www.nzb.co.nz