Harness racing pundits were divided before today's sale as to how it would evolve with just as many having a pessimistic view as those with a positive outlook. No one was prepared for the large buyer’s bench or the spirited bidding which took hold right from the first broodmare lots and which extended right through to the end of the weanling lots.
When the dust had settled, the sale had rewritten the record books and rewarded both Woodlands and Alabar studs for their continued support of the weanling section of the sale.
The first twenty lots were for the broodmares and there was strong demand for the well-bred and performed lots.
The top price lot in this section was the wonderful race mare and successful broodmare, Coburg 1:56.8 ($201,302), This half-sister to the outstanding racehorse and now sire, Stunin Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,384,864) has already produced a quality filly in Veste, 1:57.1($106,024) and was sold in foal to Bettors Delight to well-known Christchurch breeder Katie Carville for $34,000. Other lots to attract support included;
* Lot 2 - Petite's Legacy- In foal to Majestic Son. $16,000
* Lot 4 - Pocketful Of Dreams-In foal to Bettor's Delight. $12,000
* Lot 8 - Talks To Angels-In foal to Art Major. $11,000
* Lot 11 - Angela Patron- In foal to Rock N Roll Hanover $12,500
* Lot 13 - Bronze Lady-Colt at foot by Art Major $11,000.
* Lot 16 - Dontdrinkthendrive-In foal to Rock N Roll Hanover $16,000
The sale of the weanlings carried on in the same vein as the broodmares with good looking, well bred stock being in strong demand.
As expected there was wide spread interest in the full brother to the brilliant three year old Isaiah 1:54.6 ($457,904) but no one expected him to make $75,000. But, that was reflective of the overall demand being so strong and with such a large buying bench, buyers had to go a lot higher to secure the horses they wanted than they may have envisaged before the sale.
Other colts to bring good money included;
* Lot 36 - American Ideal / Rearmachable $27,000
* Lot 57 - Bettor's Delight / Christian Doll $42,000
*Lot 64 - Bettor's Delight / Finiamo $35,000
*Lot 73 - Bettor's Delight / Inevitable $23,000
*Lot 94 - Bettor's Delight / Maries Legend $24,000
Fillies are usually the poor cousins when it comes to sales but several brought great money today. The highest price went to the Mach Three filly from the Pacific Rocket mare, Russian Rocket who made $31,000.
Others to bring good money included;
* Lot 29 - Bettor's Delight / Pocketmore $24,000
* Lot 53 - Bettor's Delight / Beach Parade $20,000
* Lot 60 - Bettor's Delight / Elegant Art $23,000
* Lot 92 - Christian Cullen / Mhairi $30,000
PGG Wrightson representative Bruce Barlass was delighted with the day’s proceedings. “With the number of mares being bred still in decline, it is important for the studs to pick up some of that slack.
For the studs to be rewarded today with such great prices will hopefully lead to them expanding their broodmare bands in the future to help arrest the decline in foal numbers we are currently experiencing he said.
The average today at $10,012 was nearly double that of last year why the clearance rate of 87% was also impressive.
After the recent disastrous all aged sale in Christchurch, today's sale was a real pick me up for New Zealand breeders.