A very strong second day of the NZ Premier Yearling Sale has seen an overall lift in turnover of $600,000 on last year, with a total of $6.1 million dollars worth of bloodstock passing through the ring over the two days. The average was also well up, rising 10% to $24,536, which came down to the large number of lots which sold within the $30-$90K bracket. “There wasn’t as many $100,000 plus yearlings as there has been in years gone by, but the middle to top market was very strong,” said PGG Wrightson’s Rachel Deegan. However, there were still four yearlings that reached the heights of six-figures, including Motu Premier, who was the top lot on the second day. The stunning colt, which was perhaps the surprise package of the entire sale, is a Bettor’s Delight out of a race winning In The Pocket half-sister to Motu Treasure. He accumulated $100,000 for his Motu Lodge Stud vendors and was sold to the bid of huge Australasian owners Merv & Meg Butterworth. The second highest lot of the day was Lipstickonyourcollar, a Rock N Roll Heaven half-brother to Libertybelle Midfrew, who was also been sold. He was purchased by Emilio & Maria Rosati for $95,000. “It’s been a bitter-sweet couple of days for us with Liberybelle Midfrew sold as well, but at least we know they are both going to good homes,” said Charlotte Mooney. “Libertybelle has been purchased by clients of Mike Reed in Western Australia, while Lipstickonyourcollar will be trained by Tony Herlihy.” Mooney said that they have a two-year-old full-sister to Libertybelle Midfrew called Lollapaloosa Midfrew who is shaping up well at the stables of Nigel McGrath. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day, Hall Pass (Angus Hall – Inda Cata) was purchased by Chris Lang of Aldebaran Lodge. To View full results from the Premier Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson
Here are the results from Day 1 of the harness racing New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch today (Wednesday February 20). It was a very pleasing day selling with the clearance rate being 82%. This resulted in a very good average of $31,622.
Six of the 10 winners that won on Breeders Crown Day at Melton's Tabcorp Park yesterday (Sunday August 19) were PGG Wrightson harness racing purchases at the annual yearling sales.
Pyne Gould Guiness Wrightson's standardbred administrator, Rachel Deegan, said her company had experienced another top day following last Saturday's (Saturday June 2) Harness Jewels Finals at Cambridge Raceway.
On this side of the Tasman, Texican headed a Yearling Sales 'First Five' in the $200,000 Group 1, New Zealand Sires Stakes Final on Cup Day. In the far west of Australia, Gold Ace led home a Kiwi Yearling Sales 'First Four' in the Western Australia 4yo Championship.
Pyne Gould Guiness Wrightson has given us a run down of the 15 entrants in this year's $200,000 New Zealand Yearling Sales 2-year-old Fillies Final which will be run at Alexandra Park on Friday night (April 29). The race starts at 8.30pm.
Three hundred entries by the top four sires Bettor's Delight, Mach Three, Christian Cullen and Art Major dominate the harness racing entries for the February 2011 Yearling Sales in Auckland and Christchurch.