Curraghmore Stud topped the weanling section of the NZB National Sale on Thursday when a Savabeel – Skeena (Commands) colt made $115,000 to the bid of Ascot Farm’s Bruce Harvey.
The Day 2 foals attracted strong trade at Karaka and the Savabeel colt topped the Day 1 Darci Brahma leader that fetched $85,000. A total of 234 lots sold for $2.54 million over the two sessions at a clearance rate of 77%. The average was down 9% to $10,857.
“He’s a lovely colour, a very athletic individual, and we were pushed to get him,” Harvey said. “Curraghmore Stud do a great job with their draft, their horses are always well prepared and he looked great in the ring. All going well he will come back for the yearling sales.”
Ascot Farm was the leading weanling buyer spending $404,500 on 8 foals at an average of $50,563. With purchases by Savabeel (2), Alamosa (2), Makfi, Pentire, Thorn Park and Tickets, Ascot Farm accounted for four lots in the Top 10.
“All up we have had a very successful Sale,” commented Harvey. “It’s been great buying and there has been very good value for money.”
Waikato Stud sire Savabeel (Zabeel) came out on top of the sires table by average, with 8 lots selling for an average of $44,429. He is currently in second place on the NZ premiership with G1 Auckland Cup winner Sangster leading a posse of the stakes winners that includes Soriano, Lopov, Ray’s Girl, Lady Kipling, Diademe, Nandowra, Savvy Dancer and You’re So Good.
Second on the leader-board and heading the freshman sires at Karaka was Westbury Stud’s Makfi (Dubawi), with 3 lots sold for an average of $43,333.
Melbourne Cup winner Shocking (Street Cry) also had his first crop well received by the market with 9 lots sold for an average of $14,700.
Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud successfully defended its title as the leading weanling vendor at this Sale for the eighth year in a row. With 19 weanlings through the ring, 17 have sold for $562,400 at an average of $33,082.
“This has always been an important Sale for Curraghmore and our clients,” studmaster Gordon Cunningham said. “It’s terrific that we’ve gained good returns across the board again and I am proud of our staff and what they have achieved.”
“I can only speak for ourselves but our good colts were busy and in strong demand, and in the current climate it was good to be able to sell our fillies at reasonable prices too. Over the years we’ve grown our market at this Sale and hopefully the pin-hookers will achieve good returns on their purchases.”