Amazing Art, a quality Artsplace colt from well performed In The Pocket mare Pacing Grace (8 wins) fetched top harness racing price of $170,000 at the 2009 PGG Wrightson Two Year Old Ready To Run Sale at Addington Raceway in Christchurch today (Wednesday 14 October 2009).
A striking individual in his own right, he was bought as agent by Robyn McLeish who is promotions officer for the high profile Wai Eyre Farm, Christchurch.
The colt's grand dam Jessie Grace (by) was a fine matron, leaving six winners from nine raced, including five in 2.0, namely Nad (1:53.2, USA), Pazam (1:55.3), Chatham Grace (1:54.4, USA), Pacing Grace (1:57.7), So Suave (1:57.8) and Pacing Dream (2 wins).
Ollie's Chance, the third dam of Amazing Art, won seven races.
Amazing Art was offered by Michele and Michael House, the preparer, who has been the Patron Saint of most equivalent fixtures in recent years.
All told, today's sale aggregate of $1,026,750 represented a pleasing average of $41,070 which was up $11,070 on last year's $30,000 when the aggregate was $1.385 million for 46 of the offered 88 lots (103 catalogued) sold.
Prominent PGG Wrightson representative Peter Lagan said the outstanding preparation of a smaller but quality offering, coupled with strong Australian presence on the bench, combined to produce an outstanding average price and set a positive tone for the sale.
"Nine of the 25 lots sold were bought by Australians which reflected the strong interest all along from across the Tasman,'' Lagan said.
The Dot Com Internet group from Australia involving principal Dean Shannon and trainer Darryl Graham bought five of the nine Australian purchases, including the highest priced filly Courageous Annie at $105,000.
"Vendors and preparers were to be widely congratulated for not producing one dud looking horse to go through the ring,'' Lagan observed.
Second highest price of $150,000 was paid by Highview Tommy's owners Glenys and Philip Kennard of Christchurch, former part owners of ill-fated Fiery Falcon, for Arden Tetrick, acolt from Arden's Dream (4 wins), also offered by the House couple of Double E Stables, West Melton.
Arden Tetrick, originally a product of the Stiven family's prominent Tapanui (West Otago) operation, is closely related to last season's well performed juvenile filly Arden's Darlin, also highly performed at two.
The former West Australian Pacers Derby winner Arden Meadow was one of this family's best ambassadors on the track.
Arden Tetrick has already entered Mark Purdon's All Stars barn to be prepared for juvenile racing this season.
Dean Shannon (principal) and Daryl Graham (trainer) of the Australian firm Dot Com Internet went to $105,000 for the sale's third highest priced lot Courageous Annie, the fastest video sale trialist and a daughter of successful sire.
The precocious filly that is closely related to former top open class pacer Final Curtain was consigned by Bill Cameron and Rachel Payne of West Melton
The Dot Com Internet group bought Lanercoft at last year's Ready To Run Sale. The young pacer carried on to finish second to New Zealand ace Smiling Shard in this year's Breeders' Crown in Victoria.