The changing face of NZ harness racing?

04:46 AM 19 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Sandy Yarndley with sales topper
Sandy Yarndley with sales topper - Raell's Delight and Rebecca Smith
Duane Ranger photo
Harness Racing New Zealand

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

Lot Name Sex Sire Dam Purchaser From Price
38 Raell’s Delight C Betor’s Delight Lauraella E & M STRIDE Australia $210,000
56 Alta Ronaldo C Mach Three 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 Rocknroll Hanover 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 American Ideal 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 Muscles Yankee 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 Art Major 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 Mach Three Tigers Delight M McKendry as agent Auckland $50,000
26 Secret Weapon C Mach Three 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

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