The fireworks began early at NZ Bloodstock’s National yearling sales at Karaka on Monday and, as anticipated, it was the Fastnet Rock – Celebria colt that delivered top price at $1,975,000.
The Fastnet Rock half-brother to G1 winner Gathering was offered by Curraghmore Stud as Lot 63. After a three-way bidding battle with Peter Moody and David Ellis, the colt was secured by Coolmore Stud’s Tom Magnier for the fifth highest price ever fetched at Karaka.
“He was definitely one of the horses we wanted, he is a very nice colt with lots of quality,” Magnier commented. “The family is doing very well and this horse will go to David Hayes.”
Coolmore pre-empted its plans for the session-topper in its weekly newsletter last Friday. “Man oh man – just wait until you see this colt!” Coolmore predicted. “He’s exactly what sale-toppers are made of!”
Coolmore is leaving no stone unturned in its search for potential sire sons of Fastnet Rock. The industry leader stands Australia’s reigning champion and spent $1.35 million on a Fastnet Rock colt from Lomar Park at the Gold Coast Magic Millions earlier this month.
Day 1 trade at Karaka saw the turnover ($25.49 million), average ($161,332) and clearance rate (77%) all ahead of the results from the corresponding session last year.
The top priced filly on Day 1 was the Zabeel half-sister to leading New Zealand filly Fix (Iffraaj). She was offered by Haunui Farm and was bought by Alan Bell for $800,000. “She’s a world class filly and is by a wonderful sire of race fillies and a broodmare sire par excellence,” Bell remarked. “She is that sharp type of Zabeel filly that won’t take too much time to get rolling so she’s going to fit Aussie racing.”
Third top price on the leader-board was the Fastnet Rock – Episode filly from Curraghmore Stud that sold for $700,000 to Bart Cummings.
“It has been an extremely pleasing start to Sales Week,” NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela said. “We’re thrilled with the turnout of buyers, the sale-grounds are as busy as ever, and there’s been lots of spirited bidding right throughout the day.
“Leading into the week it was hard to predict how things were going to unfold but vendors are doing well to meet the market and the mood is very positive. The clearance rate at 77% is a great start and is likely to strengthen even further tomorrow.”
Selling continues on Day 2 of the Premier Sale at 11am on Tuesday. Live coverage can be sourced online at: www.nzb.co.nz
Fastnet Rock topped Day 1 at the NZB Premier yearling sale with this colt from Celebria