Yesterday's (Monday February 18) Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka would have pleased most harness racing people. A solid average of $29,576 and median of $22,000 is slightly down across the board for recent years but represents a fght back from last year's average of $27,929.
As predicted the Australian interest was strong. Australian buyers walked away with at least 23 of the prized lots. Included in those were two of the top three lots at $210,000 and $120,000.
At this stage the clearance rate of 73.5% suggests some missed the market a litle and it represents an increase in Buy Backs of 6.5% from 2012.
2013 Australasian Classic Sales Top 20 Lots
|38||Raell’s Delight||C||Betor’s Delight||Lauraella||E & M STRIDE||Australia||$210,000|
|56||Alta Ronaldo||C||Right This Time||MR NEIL PILCHER as agent||Kaiapoi||$120,000|
|115||Westgate Lord||C||Betor’s Delight||Alta Vista||E & M STRIDE||Australia||$120,000|
|145||Royal Loyal||C||Betor’s Delight||Braeside Lady||CRAN DALGETY||Christchurch||$120,000|
|107||Heart Stealer||F||Betor’s Delight||Fight Fire With Fire||WE & PM BAIN||Roxburgh||$95,000|
|138||Change Stride||C||Chaangerr||PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK||Christchurch||$90,000|
|68||Imaginary Bet||F||Betor’s Delight||Imagine Me||ID DOBSON||Christchurch||$90,000|
|109||Hartofdixie||F||Splendid Deal||ROSSLANDS STUD||Auckland||$82,500|
|6||Strike The Gold||C||Betor’s Delight||Hill Of Gold||LINCOLN FARM||Kumeu||$75,000|
|146||Hug The Wind||C||Betor’s Delight||Dreaming Spires||M PURDON||Christchurch||$68,000|
|91||Pomme Roy||C||Christan Cullen||T K Swif||MR MARK JONES||Christchurch||$65,000|
|174||Emphasis||F||Galleons Dream||E & M STRIDE||Australia||$60,000|
|92||Crown Me||C||Betor’s Delight||Scuse Me||M PURDON||Christchurch||$55,000|
|66||Mthulise||F||Betor’s Delight||Milagro||B PURDON||Clevedon||$55,000|
|51||Duke Of Albany||C||Betor’s Delight||Princess Alberta||PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK||Christchurch||$55,000|
|131||Westgate Baron||C||Betor’s Delight||Bella Me||CRAN DALGETY||Christchurch||$53,000|
|112||Savannah Maguire||F||Unrehearsed||PGW as agent||Christchurch||$50,000|
|124||Zinzan Maguire||C||Betor’s Delight||Zenola Starbuck||MR B SANDFORD||Christchurch||$50,000|
|84||De Tiger||C||Tigers Delight||M McKendry as agent||Auckland||$50,000|
|26||Secret Weapon||C||Hot Secret||ROSSLANDS STUD||Auckland||$46,000|
GG Wrightson Bloodstock specialist Peter Lagan put the sale into some perspectve and ofered us his thoughts.
“The average was up but the selling rate is a wee bit disturbing. The good horses sold very well, while others that weren’t in demand missed out completely. There was no panic buying at this sale as there are two days of tremendous stock to follow in Christchurch.
“There is no doubt the market is more discerning these days, which makes it tougher for vendors but the troters were strong again, which is a good sign.
“We’re really looking forward to the sale in Christchurch over the next two days. With 60 or so less lots to go through, we expect the demand for those up for aucton will be strong and there are many impressive types on ofer.
“There appears a slight change in ownership culture too, with many sole owners teaming up with like-minded people in shares of higher priced horses – another reason why that upper level is so strong, compared to a weaker botom end.”
Within the NZ Premier Sale in Christchurch tomorrow and Thursday three days have been condensed down to two, with 61 less lots being sold compared with 2012. This should increase demand for those being sold as many trainers and overseas buyers stll have orders to fll. The speculators too could be in for a good tme. Aside from the dominance of Betors Delight (12 of top 20 Lots) other stallions’ results were mixed, which suggests there will some bargains out there, as there always is.
Selling in Christchurch starts at 11.00am Wednesday.
Those interested can view the Sale online at htp://www.standardbred.co.nz/
by Andrew MORRIS