NZ Bloodstock’s Select Sale has provided 15 individual Group 1 winners in the past two seasons and a strong gathering of local and international buyers competed for the final session of this year’s graduates on Friday.
A colt Westbury freshman Swiss Ace (Secret Savings) from High Yield mare Ugly Betty was the most expensive at $160,000. Albert Bosma’s Go Racing was next best with $120,000 for a Pins colt from Waikato Stud.
The conclusion of Karaka’s Select Sale saw a total of 399 lots sell for $17.25 million at an average of $43,249. The median was $35,000 and the clearance rate panned out at 71%.
The leading buyer of the Select Sale was Bryce & Ginger Tankard’s Waikato Bloodstock with 7 yearlings purchased for $635,000.
Of the $17 million turnover of the past three days, New Zealand buyers have accounted for the biggest spend with 247 horses purchased for $9.30 million. Next was Australia ($3.50 million) and Hong Kong was also well represented ($3.30 million).
Karaka 2013 will continue with 440 Festival Sale lots catalogued across Sunday and Monday.