NZB 2YO Sale surpasses all expectations at Karaka

Esker Lodge created a new record for a filly at the NZ Bloodstock 2YO Ready to Run Sale on Wednesday.

Tom and Shelley Murtagh prepped the Fastnet Rock – Shimo Star (Centaine) filly that was purchased for $450,000 by Melbourne owner Phil Sly.  “She’s a stunner and is a real lady,” Sly said.  “She breezed up beautifully and was very relaxed.

Sly also races Fastnet Rock’s runaway G1 Victorian Oaks winner Mosheen.  “I made another purchase from Esker Lodge – they have done a great job.”

The NZ Bloodstock sale ring was running red hot on both days at Karaka.  Across the board records were posted for turnover ($16.21 million) and average ($71,125).  The latter was up 29% while the clearance rate increased 18 points to 77%.

NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela said the results totally surpassed expectations.  “It’s been an incredibly strong sale and we’re overwhelmed by the results.  Yesterday was an encouraging start but today it stepped up another gear altogether.  The buying bench is probably the largest we’ve ever seen at this sale.

“We’re thrilled vendors have been well rewarded for their efforts and hope that buyers have great success with their purchases.  We’re very grateful to all for their support.”

The leading individual buyer was Willie Leung’s Magus Equine with 13 lots for $1.42 million at an average of $109,846.  Leung’s top price was $280,000 for a Bernardini gelding.

Mark & Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm topped the vendor list for the fifth year in a row with 18 sales at an average of $168,944.

Darley stallion Exceed and Excel topped the sire averages at $250,000.  NZ based sires Pins, Darci Brahma, Thorn Park, Falkirk, Savabeel, Bachelor Duke and Keeper finished in the Top 10 on the average leader-board.