Elusive City colt heads Day 1 of Festival Sale at Karaka

Day 1 of the NZ Bloodstock Festival Sale on Sunday produced a new record price of $90,000 for an Elusive City colt from the Star Way mare Strawberry Affair.

The session topper entered the ring as Lot 1321 and was purchased by Auckland-based owner David Cole.  He was a profitable pin-hook for John Hay of Tamika Lodge who bought the youngster at the NZ National Weanling Sale in May 2009 for just $12,000.

“He’s a rangy type of Elusive City with a lot of scope and a lovely shoulder and top line,” Cole commented.  “He’ll make a great late two-year-old – early three-year-old and will be trained by Andrew Scott in Matamata.”

Elusive City’s offspring proved hot property on Sunday with 7 selling for an average of $37,571.  The son of Elusive Quality stands at Haunui Farm, who also had a successful day as the leading vendors, selling 10 lots for total receipts of $325,500.

Following on from their great results in the Select Sale, Mark and Denny Baker’s Hallmark Stud again hold top spot as the leading vendors by average at $34,167.

Day 2 of the Festival Sale at Karaka on Monday will bring to a close a very successful sale series for NZ Bloodstock.