A crowd of 500 or so people sweltered in 38 degree heat to see 45 youngsters trial then go under the hammer.
The top price, at $115,000, was a New Zealand-bredfilly, from Russian Rocket, offered by Christchurch-based horseman, Greg Payne, and bought by veteran Victorian enthusiast, Jack Knight, to join the astute Wayne Potter stable.
The filly electrified the crowd with her half mile trial with splits of 28.1s and 27.6s, never flinching.
Knight and Potter also signed for a $70,000colt from More Sassie Lombo, which was offered by Young-based studmaster, Ken Smith, and which finished off with a solid 27.8s on the back of a 31s first quarter.
Alliex Express' father-and-son team of Colin andbought two youngsters - a gelding from Scoots Away for $30,000, and $36,000 for another filly, from Glowable.
Industry virtual newcomer Brad Canty, whose background is in the greyhound industry, was active with four purchases, three for Brisbane's Mat Neilson and another for local horseman, who is training a New Zealand-bred, the only Bettors Delight progeny in the sale, a filly from Beaudiene Bianca, which brought $44,000.
Neilson took home a $9000 colt by The Globe from Just Sweet, a $30,000colt from My Spirit Of Tara and a -Tycoon Tess gelding for $13,000.
Experienced Riverina-based horseman,, brought two colts, which sold well: a -Stylish Storm to Rob Davis for $44,000 and a Quick Approval half-brother to Majorlicious, which went to Doug Johnson for $32,000, while Trec Saverio paid $50,000 for a Victorian-bred gelding from Soaring Franco.
Veteran South Coast New South Wales identity Bill Green spent $30,000 on the half-brother to Jedi Mind, a colt by, to join and , who also took home a striking syndicate-owned New Zealand-bred colt for $35,000 from Payne.
The crowd included enthusiasts from as far afield as Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria, with the likes of young Perth-based horsemenand Kody Charles, north-western Tasmanian owner, Michael Filleul, Queensland trainers Daren Garrard, Darrel Graham and Mat Neilson and Victorians , and the father-and-son combination of Peter and .
Local figures in the throng included, , Ron Cooper, , , , Damian Gallagher, Anton Golino, , , , , , and .
The day proved a complete entertainment package, with a performance by singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and the Garrards Industry Day and Trade Fair.
A small number of bought-back lots are still on the market, through the agency of Australian Standardbred Consultancy Pty Ltd, by contacting Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
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