Tough competition among prospective buyers was a highlight of trade throughout Day 2 of the NZ Bloodstock Select Sale on Thursday.
Top price was provided early on in the session when the Thorn Park – Kashira (Montjeu) colt from Windsor Park Stud made $140,000. Bought by NZ Bloodstock as agent, he is from the family of G1 winners Military Plume and Monaco Consul.
Thorn Park also provided the second top price of the day with $130,000 paid by Singapore based Michael Freedman and Michael Wallace for the colt out of L’Accord from Mapperley Stud.
The Freedman – Wallace combination was the leading buyer at the NZB Ready to Run 2YO Sale in November and they have been back in action this week, buying six yearlings so far. These include a top price of $150,000 at the Premier Sale for the Darci Brahma colt from O’Reilly mare Exilio.
Thorn Park currently tops the Select Sale averages with 10 sold at $68,600. Windsor Park’s champion stallion was put down on December 8 after succumbing to an infection in the navicular bone of his near-hind foot.
The Select Sale buying bench was strong again on Day 2 with a wide spread of local and international buyers. The Premier Sale’s leading buyer David Ellis added another five yearlings to his tally, with a top price of $100,000 paid for the Tale of the Cat colt (Lot 879) from Phoenix Park.
Casey and Michelle Dando’s Bradbury Park has edged past Curraghmore Stud to be the leading Select Sale vendor by average, with three yearlings sold at an average of $75,000. This includes a top price of $160,000 for the very first lot through the ring on Wednesday, the Don Eduardo filly purchased by Shailer Thoroughbreds at Lot 443.
At the close of Day 2, turnover totalled $12.80 million at an average of $44,944. The clearance rate strengthening slightly to 70%.