Day 3 NZB National Sale – Top-priced mares to Australia

The Broodmare Session of the NZ Bloodstock National Sale concluded proceedings at Karaka on Friday with 162 lots selling for $1.02 million at a strong clearance rate of 81%.

In quick succession, Centrefold Angel (Centaine) and Chickens (Danehill) provided the early highlights fetching $90,000 each.

Little Avondale Stud’s Centrefold Angel was purchased by Victoria-based Uluru Stud, whose principal Jeff Dimery is also part-owner of top Kiwi performer Shamexpress.  She is the dam of dual stakes winner Marquardt (Shamardal) and was offered in foal to Darci Brahma.

“Mark Chittick mentioned the mare might be of interest to us,” Uluru manager Rodney Conolan said.  “We currently race Shamexpress who is off to England shortly and she will be a nice cross in the future.

“NZ Bloodstock does a great job and I enjoyed the experience and, of course, came away with the horse we wanted.”

Listed Doomben Slipper winner Chickens (Danehill) was knocked down to Curraghmore Stud’s Gordon Cunningham.  She is the dam of G3 winner Do You Think (Starcraft) and is carrying a positive test to Windsor Park’s first season sire Pour Moi.

Cunningham confirmed the mare was purchased for a client of Coolmore Stud and will be sent to Pierro in the spring.

Haunui Farm headed the vendor table by aggregate with 20 broodmares selling for $220,500.  Pencarrow Stud was the leading vendor by average with 10 sold at $14,290.

The three-day NZB National Sale saw 458 horses change hands for $3.87 million.  The combined average was down 16% to $8,456 and the median dipped 10% to $2,250.

“There was some good competition this week, particularly at the weanling session,” NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela said.  “As is usual with this Sale, the quality and selection was wide and varied but overall it has been encouraging to see good demand throughout.  The 79% clearance rate across the whole Sale was particularly pleasing.”