The former Kiwi rock star has officially taken a backseat to the star-studded Americans.
That’s the opinion of Bruce Barlass, the Canterbury rep for PGG Wrightson, following the second day of the two-day New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch yesterday (Wednesday).
“For the first time about a decade Christian Cullen hasn’t been the big tick item at one of our yearling sales. In fact there were only a couple of Christian Cullens in Auckland and a handful down here (Christchurch).
“He has made way to the likes of Bettor’s Delight, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, and Rocknroll Hanover,” Barlass said.
And in fact it was Bettor’s Delight that fetched the only six-figure sum at yesterday’s sale.
Mark Purdon, on behalf of Victorian Merv Butterworth, paid $100,000 for lot 334 – a Bettor’s Delight – Motu Pocket O’Jewels (In The Pocket) bay colt named Motu Premier. The vendor was Ohoka’s Motu Lodge Stud.
The second highest price yesterday was also paid by another Australian – this time Emilio Rosati (via Tony Herlihy – MNZM) paid $95,000 for Lot 316 – a Rock N Roll Heaven – Lucinda Midfrew (Live Or Die) bay colt named Lipstickonyourcollar. The vendor was J. W. and Mrs R. G. Mooney.
There were three $100,000 plus sales on the first day – (Lot 124 – a Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Babe colt ); Lot 59, a Rocknroll Hanover-Tallulah Bromac colt; and the most expensive filly on all three days - Lot 40, who was by Bettor’s Delight out of Rona Lorraine . The only six figure price in Auckland was Lot 57, a Bettor’s Delight- Galleon’s Supreme colt.
The top trotter yesterday was Lot 248 – a son of Angus Hall and Cata (Muscles Yankee). Aldebaran Lodge in Victoria paid $70,000 to Rosedale Farm of Ladbrooks for the brown colt Hall Pass. The vendor was K. N. and Mrs A. M. Spicer.
Barlass said 124 lots were sold yesterday amounting to $2,976,750. The clearance rate was 75b per cent and the average price paid was $24,006.
He said both ‘Premier’ days saw 254 lots sold at an aggregate total price of $6,232,250. The average on Tuesday and Wednesday collectively was $24,536.
“This gave us an overall clearance rate of 76 per cent. Our overall clearance rate went from $5.5 million last year to $6.2 million this year.
“That’s a 12 per cent increase. Sure we are delighted with that result, but the way the economy has been improving – especially here in Christchurch, it was expected,” Barlass said.
He said the stake increases at Alexandra Park, the positivity at Addington Raceway, and the heavy Australian interest all ensured the increase.
Barlass also believed the change in the Premier Sales format from three days to two days a few years ago also ensured the rise.
“I also think having two even days instead of just having the best horses on day one also helped. This is the first year we have mingled the best horses on both days.
“It was a successful move because this year we had two equal days and it meant horses of lesser quality were also able to be sold alongside some of the best – not just on day one, but on both Tuesday and Wednesday,” Barlass said.
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By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)