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One of Queensland’s most exciting two-year-olds, Uncle Shank, is to go up for sale at the Mixed Standardbred Online Auction, to be conducted by Darren Ebert & Co from July 17 to 19. Uncle Shank, who was successful on debut in 1:57.6 at Albion Park and finished a close fourth in the QBred Breeders Classic, is eligible for the QBred race series with a $100,000 Final on July 27. The Warrawee Needy colt and his dam, Presidential Night, and Gotta Go Cullect yearling half-sister are also among the entries. Other racehorses include the QBred Breeders Classic 2YO Final winner Amaya Becomes, recent Albion Park winner Feel The Reign and Doolittle Di, a younger sister to Queensland’s leading three-year-old Governor Jujon. There’s four weanlings in the sale including two colts by the world champion trotter Sebastian K and a filly by the fastest two-year-old trotter ever to stand ‘down under’, Centurion ATM.  The sale has attracted several untried stock including yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds. Bidding will open on Friday, July 17 at 10am and close on Sunday, July 19 at 4pm. Bids can be registered by logging onto the website www.darrenebertauctioneer.com.au and following the link to Elite Auctions. Further information from Darren Ebert on phone 0410 688 176 or email ebertancoauctioneer@bigpond.com   by Peter Wharton

For the fourth consecutive year the Osarus Trot – Haras des Rouges Terres sale will take place at Haras des Rouges Terres in Saint Léonard des Parcs (Normandy, France) and will take place on August 28. Following the same format as in previous years, approximately one hundred horses, mainly “in training”, will be offered for sale by the famous French Baudron-Dubois family during a lunch-sale which is staged at the stables of Louis Baudron. The sale will be broadcast live on the Osarus Trot website at www.osarus-trot.com. Since its creation in 2017, the sale has produced a great number of winners on the track such as FIASCHETTO 1’13m, winner of the Gr.3 Prix Dido and placed second in the Gr.2 Prix Félicien Gauvreau, GRAND ART 1’12, winner and placed several times at group level at Vincennes and Enghien and who took a fourth place in the Gr.3 Prix Camilla at the end of May, Good Friday 1’13, winner of 6 races, Dream 1’13, winner of 7 races and 150.000 € since he was purchased in 2018, Fame Music 1’13 winner of 6 races including 3 in Paris, Hotika Blue 1’15 (winner at Vincennes last winter) or recent winners Hotel Mystic, top price of the 2019 edition, and Gabella, impressive winner at the beginning of June at Argentan.  Osarus Trot – Haras des Rouges Terres sale Contact : rnaud Angeliaume +33 (0) 6 07 57 06 00 / trot@osarus.com www.osarus-trot.com Marie Le Roux

The dates are set, Lexington Selected's sale managers are currently on the road inspecting yearlings, and all systems are go for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 10 at the beautiful Fasig-Tipton sales grounds in Lexington, Ky.   "With all the uncertainty out there, we just want to be sure that horsemen and women know that we're on track and everything is set for the sale," said co-manager Randy Manges. "We want to be sure people understand this will be an 'in-person' sale at Fasig-Tipton, even though live online bidding and expanded phone bidding will be offered."   Manges said all the usual COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at Fasig-Tipton, and that every effort will be made to make buyers feel safe and comfortable coming to the sales facility and inspecting the yearlings firsthand.   His co-manager David Reid agrees. "We look forward to seeing our customers here inspecting yearlings, meeting friends, and getting caught up in the excitement each night," he said.   "But for those unable to attend, the option is still there for live online bidding or phone bidding. It will be extremely important though that they take the time themselves, or through their trainer or agent, to inspect yearlings at the farms beforehand.   "Both Randy and I have been out and about looking at horses, and we've dined in several downtown Lexington restaurants this week. Preventive measures are in place everywhere and people are adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines. It appears things here are moving forward."     Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co

Club Menangle wishes to update the harness racing industry as to the current status of discussions with Nutrien Equine with regard to a request for Club Menangle to host three futurity races to be run in conjunction with a proposed yearling sale in 2022. As there are a number of rumours circulating within the industry, Club Menangle wishes to ensure transparency as to the current situation. Nutrien Equine approached Club Menangle in May 2020 seeking agreement to conduct three races in 2022 as part of a proposed futurity series. Club Menangle responded on 22 May, 2020 and formally advised Nutrien Equine the dates proposed conflicted with the Sky Carnival of Miracles, the Bathurst Gold Crown Series and other existing race commitments through until the end of April 2022. Accordingly, Club Menangle asked Nutrien Equine to submit potential dates post April 2022. A further request was received from Nutrien Equine dated 19 June, 2020 seeking Club Menangle’s consideration to hosting its proposed Futurity Races between 11 March and 29 April, 2022. The Board of Club Menangle considered the 19 June request at the Board meeting held on 25 June, 2020. Club Menangle has reiterated the comments made in the earlier letter to Nutrien Equine indicating the dates requested are unavailable in the metropolitan racing calendar at Club Menangle, for the reasons originally advised.  In its response, Club Menangle emphasised no racing at Club Menangle would be countenanced in March of any year, which might impact on the promotion and conduct of the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival. Club Menangle remains committed to supporting the Bathurst Gold Crown as the first Group One 2 Year Old race series held in the New South Wales Racing Calendar. Nutrien Equine has been again asked to submit potential dates, post April 2022. A number of other requests for information have also been sought from Nutrien Equine. Club Menangle is the premier harness racing track in New South Wales and accordingly it is our desire to conduct any race series of significance at our venue. However, in order for this to occur, the placement of any new series must work in with existing commitments. As at this time, in the absence of potential dates post April 2022 and the additional information requested by Club Menangle, the harness racing industry should note the Nutrien Equine request currently remains unresolved. For more information in relation to this media release please contact Club Menangle Chief Executive, Bruce Christison, on (02) 46 45 2200 Club Menangle

The 64th Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale will be held Tues. and Wed. Aug 25-26 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.  Black type yearlings will sell on Tuesday with mixed horses rounding out that day and continuing into Wednesday.  The deadline for black type entries is July 1; mixed horses will be taken through July 20 or until full. “People are especially eager right now to have the opportunity to physically attend a sale and see the horses in person,” said manager Jerry Haws. “The added dimension of real time online bidding should give consignors confidence that their horses will bring top dollar in a very strong market.” The Champions Center is an expansive facility with an abundance of space to implement social distancing.  Enter horses and register to bid online at bloodedhorse.com.    Dot Morgan

Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at Karaka and Christchurch from Sunday 14 February to Wednesday 17 February. The performances of the New Zealand-bred standardbred on a world stage are enviable with kiwis showing immense courage, durability and strength. With the oldest NZB graduates just two years of age and with limited racing opportunities, they have already claimed three Group One features across Australasia. The 2020 Sale continued the successful trend from the inaugural sale, with a strong median and increasing average delivering a turnover of $12.3 million, with 22 yearlings selling for $100,000 or more at the close of selling. With the development of online technology, vendors and consignors now have the luxury of entering their yearlings through the online NZB portal, an efficient and straightforward format popular among the thoroughbred participants. And while buyers flock from around the world to Karaka and Christchurch for this iconic event, online bidding technology will be available for those who may be unable to attend due to travel restrictions. NZB Director & Operations Manager, James Jennings, is hopeful that the Australians will be here in force should a trans-Tasman bubble be opened by the end of this year.   “The results of this year’s Sale confirmed the strong demand for our quality New Zealand-bred horses,” commented Jennings.   “While our local buying bench is significant, it is extremely important to have the presence of their Australian counterparts at the sales. So to have travel resume across the Tasman as soon as possible will be encouraging for the sales. “The success of the recent All Age Sale online has shown that buyers see the digital platform as a viable forum of trading horses, yet the desire to conduct onsite auctions has not diminished with buyers still wanting the opportunity to inspect horses in the flesh.  “We see the live auction supported by the online bidding platform as being the best solution, offering options to buyers depending on their circumstances. “Thanks must go to the vendors for their continued support of the Sale and we are pleased to have the online portal available for the entry process this year, an outstanding tool for our thoroughbred clients that I expect will be well received by our standardbred clients too.” Sale dates and venues as follows: Auckland Parade at Karaka: Sunday 14 February 2021 Auckland Sale of Pacers & Trotters: Monday 15 February 2021 Christchurch Parade & Sale of Trotters: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Christchurch Sale of Pacers: Wednesday 17 February 2021 The Sale will also see the third yearling intake of NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Race Series to go through the ring, making them eligible for the Series nomination. The Series one-off payment structure is popular amongst owners and trainers with many looking forward to the first raceday for Series 1 horses this September. To nominate your yearlings for the Sale, please visit NZB’s online portal at standardbred.portal.nzb.co.nz. For full instructions on how to use the online entry portal, click here or contact Grant Inglis (+64 6 260 3424 or email grant.inglis@nzb.co.nz). Entries close 5pm Friday 31 July 2020.    

Nutrien Equine is thrilled to receive an offer of support from Haras des Trotteurs aimed at harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies and colts/geldings. Principal of Haras des Trotteurs – Pat Driscoll has offered to add an additional $150,000 to the 2023 Nutrien Sale Race Series, which would see 2 & 3-year-old trotters chase a massive $300,000. This support would effectively see $50,000 on offer for 2 year old mixed sex Trotters as well as two $125,000 3 year old  trotting races. This will now see the 2023 Nutrien Race Series worth not less than $550,000. Nutrien Equine’s Mark Barton said “We are thrilled to have Pat Driscoll and the Haras des Trotteurs team offering Nutrien and the industry this support, but we are also excited to be given the opportunity to offer the Haras des Trotteurs entire draft of around 34 yearlings at our inaugural sale. This draft will see buyers given access to genetics that have never been offered for sale before at auction in Australia. I am sure there will be added interest to the trotters in the catalogue with this prize money on offer to these Trotting yearlings. Pat Driscoll – Principal of Haras des Trotteurs, commented We are delighted to support Nutrien Equine in their inaugural Stardardbred sale. Hopefully our support can add a little buzz to the trotters section of Nutrien Equine’s sale. At Haras Des Trotteurs we love the idea of helping the trotters reach for parity with the pacers and now with two, three-year-old single sex A$125,000 trotting finals, one for the colts and geldings and one for the fillies, I think we are on the way to achieving this goal. The idea that we will be involved in with what I think will be the two richest juvenile trotting races in the Southern Hemisphere and the richest “trotting” sales races in the world is huge. Hopefully such a sale can generate not only national interest but eventually international interest, that can only grow our industry and thus strengthen all levels within the industry. Buyers should also note that only yearlings put up for auction are eligible for the race series, making this a great opportunity for sale buyers. ESPECIALLY when they buy a trotter! On a promotional note, we consider our group of current weanlings easily the best we have bred to date. We are looking forward to an April sale where we believe these yearlings will present buyers with an outstanding product.” The Nutrien team are now working with Harness Racing Victoria to finalise commercial terms which are subject to approval from the HRV board. Entries are now open for the Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sale. The sale will be held at the Inglis Oakland's selling complex from 8th – 11th April 2021. Breeders can enter horses online at www.nutrienequine.com.au  Entries Close Friday 17th July 2020.  

There are just over three days before final bids will be taken in the latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction. This monthly edition features 37 Lots including weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, racehorses and empty and in-foal broodmares. Bidding is set to close, starting with Lot 1, from 7pm on Wednesday 24 June. Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process. Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse. gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user's end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user's browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +6492964436 or email info@gavelhouse.com during our online auction to help. VIEW FULL CATALOGUE Featured Lots Lot 3 MY SWEET STAR Sires Stakes eligible Sweet Lou colt My Sweet Star is Star of Heaven's eighth foal - four of these are currently racing including Gr.1 Newcastle Mile winner (Yayas) Hot Spot and black print performers Ideal Star and Starry Star plus winner of two Tembi. This colt's yearling half-brother fetched $30,000 at the sales this year. Sire: Sweet Lou Dam: Star Of Heaven Seller: gmejohnson Location: Clevedon VIEW ONLINE   Lot 7 LORDY MISS CLAWDY Rock N Roll Heaven filly from a half-sister to last year's Gr.1 WA Derby winner Major Trojan (6 wins, $204,689). Her granddam is an an unraced Bettor's Delight daughter of champion filly Under Cover Lover ($869,923). Breeders Crown, Nevele R Fillies and Sires Stakes eligible. Sire: Rock N Roll Heaven Dam: Odds And Ends Seller: studholme27 Location: Leeston VIEW ONLINE   Lot 13 ALLSET Qualified three-year-old gelding who has been spelling since the 19th May and will be ready to start back in work shortly. He is reported to have ability and is a half or full brother to six winners including the Group race winners Anvils Best Ever and Saloon Passage with this the famed Sakuntala family. Sire: Elsu Dam: Rosesrredviletsrblue Seller: scots1 Location: Ardmore VIEW ONLINE   Lot 14 BETTERTHANRAZA Recently qualified three-year-old old filly who is reported to have a nice way of going and is clean gaited. She is a half-sister to Al Raza who won plenty here in New Zealand and in the USA with a mark of 1.52.2. It is reported that she can be a bit cranky around the stables and may suit a smaller stable with a one on one approach and is fit and ready to race straight away. Sire: Betterthancheddar Dam: Al Zahra Seller: smarty Location: Branxholme VIEW ONLINE   Lot 22 CORKER MOMENT This mare is in foal to Majestic Son - the leading trotting sire in both New Zealand and Australia. She is a half-sister to one of NZ's best ever trotters in Take A Moment (NZ Horse of the Year, two-time NZ Trotter of the Year and Aust Trotter of the Year). She is also a half-sister to the dams of Dr Hook (2nd Dominion Hcp, 3rd Rowe Cup), Oscar Bonavena (12 wins to date) and Quite A Moment (2nd Dominion Hcp). Sire: Pegasus Spur Dam: Nakura Seller: AlabarNZ Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE   Lot 26 JANET GUTHRIE This mare is in foal to Sportswriter. This will be her first foal. She is a black type racemare with a 1:59.9 time, winning 7 races and over $50,000 in NZ. She is out a half-sister to 3 in 2:00 incl Platinum Roulette (1:51.7, $182,806). This is the family of Ideal Belle (NZ Oaks) and Five Card Draw (1:50.4). She is a daughter of Jereme's Jet - a sire who is really establishing a reputation as a quality broodmare sire through the deeds of the likes of Muscle Factory, Wildwest and Smokin By. Sire: Jereme's Jet Dam: Milka Duno Seller: AlabarNZ Location: Auckland VIEW ONLINE   Lot 28 LEGS AND LIPS Legs and Lips is a daughter of Christian Cullen out of Personality Plus. She is the dam of four foals, one to race and win in A Lister. She is a sister to Sir Clive and a half sister to Big On Personality. She was the sales topper at the Yearling Sales the year she sold, fetching $180,000. She is in foal to Sweet Lou, her last date of service 14/11/19. Sire: Christian Cullen Dam: Personality Plus Seller: SFamularo Location: Christchurch VIEW ONLINE   gavelhouse.com

Boca Raton, FL – Barbara and James Boese’s Jack’s Legend N sold on Friday afternoon (June 19) for $205,000 through the online harness racing auction site, onGait.com. The 6yr old son of Bettor’s Delight has been racing in the USA, exclusively at Yonkers, since arriving from New Zealand last summer. Delaware-based horseman Josh Green was the winning bidder for his partners Richard Lombardo of Ohio, Dave Kryway of Ontario and Eric Good of Maryland. Green plans on continuing to race him at Yonkers. The Boese’s consigned to auction a total of four classy racehorses as part of their stable dispersal. The trotting mare Weslynn Dancer brought a high bid of $106,000 from Derek Ivany of Ontario. Kaitlyn N was purchased by Mike Prater of Illinois for $76,000 and New England’s James Nickerson picked up Cay’s Blessing for $41,000. onGait.com is also preparing for their Annual Fall Yearling Sale with many large farms already committing their consignments. Established in August 2001, onGait.com comes off a record-breaking year with more $15 million in sales of racehorses and breeding stock. As always, those without a computer can contact onGait by phone at 561.706.4839. For current auctions and results, click here.

Tattersalls Sales Co. announced today that the date for its annual harness racing Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands will be announced "as soon as we get clearance from the state of New Jersey," according to sales manager David Reid.   "We're working with the Meadowlands and we're both in 'wait and see' mode right now," Reid said. "As soon as Gov. Murphy announces the next phase of reopening, we plan to move ahead with the sale as quickly as possible."   Reid said everyone understands the challenges posed by the pandemic, and added that both he and the racetrack are working diligently to ensure a safe yet practical marketplace for consignors, buyers and sale horses, with all the necessary precautions in place.   "The industry hasn't had a significant auction since last winter, and owners and trainers have told me they're looking forward to having an in-person sale, whether they're buying or selling," Reid said.   "By the time the Summer Mixed gets underway, I expect all the tracks will be open and racing... which means there will be the usual high demand for racehorses. We look forward to having this marketplace to create some much-needed trade."   Tattersalls Sales Co.

Preferred Equine Marketing announced today that it will soon be offering online harness racing sales through a new division of the company, to be called "Preferred Equine Online."   The sales platform, nearing completion, will be available at preferredequineonline.com.   "Preferred Equine Online is the latest product in our business model," said Preferred owner David Reid.   "I've toyed with the idea of an online auction for years, and we're not the first on the block to have one. But our experience, along with our strong base of customers, gives us the resources and the quality of horses that no other online sale has at its disposal," he said.   In addition to running Preferred Equine Marketing--the world's largest Standardbred sales agency--Reid is manager of the Tattersalls Mixed Sales at the Meadowlands and co-manager of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   With that in mind, he says there will be no live "in person" sale conflicts, as Preferred's online sales will be integrated with the traditional sales calendar. Their first online sale date will be in the near future.   The Preferred Equine Online auctions will include the full spectrum of the marketplace--racehorses, broodmares, stallion shares, yearlings and weanlings. The listings will include "live" pedigrees and past performances, photos and walking videos.   Preferred Equine Online will also have a marketplace featuring horses for sale. "This will maximize our client's ability to strike while the iron is hot... a racehorse coming off a lifetime best win or a mare whose pedigree got ramped up with an important stakes winner."   Reid said there should be further opportunities with Preferred Equine Online as new technology and applications are developed. "First off, we'll weave these sales into our existing social media platforms for expanded reach and promotion that will result in an increase in bloodstock trade across the industry.   "In-person mixed sales like Tattersalls at the Meadowlands aren't going to be displaced. As a sales agency, we're just trying to look ahead and make it easy to move horses and create commerce throughout the year. Preferred Equine Online will accomplish that."   Preferred Equine Marketing   For more information contact David Reid at Preferred Equine: (914) 773-7777    

APG would like to take this opportunity to advise our loyal and accomplished breeders that entries into the 2020 APG NATIONAL MIXED SALE close this Sunday 31 May.    This year’s sales event will launch on Wednesday, July 22 and operates similarly (like last year) to an e-bay style online auction.  This format has been proven to provide the safest and most cost effective way to trade some of the elite Standardbred families available in this country. APG is pleased to advise that the strength of entries already received across all categories of horses (broodmares, racehorses, stallions, yearlings and weanlings) looks to have built considerably on last year’s listings. Last year’s sale produced some outstanding weanling pinhooking opportunities.  A great example of this would be lot 578 at our APG Sydney Yearling Sale which was a striking looking colt by Badlands Hanover that sold for $50,000 and was purchased for just $16,000 from the 2019 APG NATIONAL MIXED SALE. APG has already announced it won’t place a clear-cut limit on the number or quality of the horses that will ultimately make it into the sale.  However, we do want to look after the best interests of all parties involved and therefore do not wish to accept horses that may not have a reasonable chance of finding a new home (i.e we will consider both the commercial appeal of the horse and also the vendor's expectations as reflected in their nominated reserve.)   Entry Fees, Commission Rates and Sales Dates Entries for APG’s National Mixed Sale are now open, and will close on 31 May. The Entry Fee is $330 per entry. All sold lots will attract commission at the rate of 8% plus GST, whilst there will be no commission payable on passed-in lots. The auction will run from Wednesday July 22 and conclude by the Sunday July 26.   How To Enter Potential vendors are invited to submit the details for any potential entries by clicking on the link below, which will take you to the Online Entry form Once accepted, APG will issue an invoice for your entry fee(s) which needs to be paid prior to 30 June. Importantly, to ensure the smooth running of the sale, vendors will also be required to provide the following to APG prior to the commencement of the sale: Signed transfer forms;   In the case of mares that are being sold “in foal”, a vet certificate confirming that the mare is in foal (test must be performed between 1 July and the commencement date of the sale);   In the case of horses that are on agistment at a stud / agistment centre, an E-mail from the stud / agistment centre confirming that they irrevocably consent to the release of the horse from their property in the event that the horse is successfully sold at APG’s National Mixed Sale (APG will provide you with a standard e-mail for you to forward to the stud / agistment centre seeking their confirmation that they will allow the horse to be released) If vendors have any questions prior to the closing date for submitting entries, we encourage you to email deanb@apgold.com.au or call Dean on 0459 215 333. http://www.apgold.com.au/yearling-sales/enter-for-apgs-2020-national-mixed-sale/

NZB Standardbred’s highly anticipated 2020 All Age Sale saw New Zealand’s largest breeding stock go under the digital hammer on New Zealand Bloodstock’s online subsidiary platform gavelhouse.com. Despite initial COVID-19 uncertainty, the first-ever sale of its kind saw 138 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,042,310. The average reached $7,553 and the median settled at $4,550.  The confidence in the market over the past week of bidding has been reflected in the strong clearance rate, which topped the 97% threshold at the close of selling. NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings was delighted with the outcome of the Sale. “I think it’s a great result in light of recent and unprecedented circumstances. “The support and commitment we received from vendors was echoed by the remarkable clearance rate and their enthusiasm to meet the market. “There was a strong, international buying bench present and we are thankful for their participation in the Sale,” said Jennings. The top-priced Lot of the session was an Art Major weanling colt out of Alta Camilla (Lot 75). The colt was secured for $52,500 by Stonewall Stud’s Jill Stockman from the draft of Alabar Farms. “He is from a great family and is a very nice looking colt, we are happy to have secured him,” said Stockman. Stockman had completed her research prior to the Sale taking place. “The online bidding experience has been really good overall, it was certainly a different experience but Steve Telfer had gone to look at the horses first, so we knew exactly what we were bidding on.” First season sires were in hot-demand this evening, highlighted by Stonewall Stud’s purchase of Lot 35, a Downbytheseseaside filly out of Revere Me for $50,000 from the draft of Woodlands Stud. “She is a lovely filly and I think given her pedigree she would have made six figures had she gone through the ring next February. “She definitely ticked all the boxes for us,” said Stockman. Over the Tasman, prominent buyer Jean Feiss locked in Lot 26, another Woodlands Stud colt by Downbytheseaside out of Panforte for $26,000. Feiss was pleased with her purchase, “normally I don’t go for first season sires but I just liked the type of weanling he was, that’s what attracted me to him. “He could have been anything, I truly thought he was an outstanding weanling.” The previous owner of Vincent herself, Feiss also secured two of his offspring, Lot 44 (ex Sheza Monkee) filly and Lot 103 (ex Delightful Lover) filly for $19,000 and $26,000 respectively. “I really liked these two fillies, their breeding stood out to me as well as their exceptional type. “Overall Vincent has produced some outstanding types and I hope they are going to represent his results on the track. Feiss was pleased with the outcome of the digital format but is looking forward to getting back into the physical auction ring. “I think given the circumstances it went very well, it has been great to see vendors rewarded and buyers being able to secure good stock but I think we are all looking forward to when things can go back to normal,” said Feiss. Alabar Farms (NZ) General Manager Graeme Henley was elated with the result of his resident first season sire Vincent. “We thought the Sale went great overall, the biggest thing we were thrilled about was how Vincent’s progeny sold. “It was a great outcome for us and it was nice to see them receive the prices they deserve. “It’s been a lot of work and a bit of a roller coaster leading up to the Sale but the results we achieved today has made it all worthwhile,” commented Henley. First-time digital buyer Shane Sanderson was pleased with the simple online process on the gavelhouse.com Standardbred platform. “It was easy for me to get verified as a buyer and a good experience. I ended up purchasing Lot 59, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from a good producing family for $20,000. I actually trained one of the half-sisters so I was pretty happy,” said Sanderson. All weanlings offered at the 2020 All Age Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series, with approximately $1million in prizemoney on offer.  If you wish to notify and enter your horse into the Series, please contact Rachel Deegan (Rachel.Deegan@nzb.co.nz or +64 3 381 0141).  To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. To view the full 2020 All Age Sale results on gavelhouse.com Standardbred click here. 2020 All Age Sale Statistics Aggregate  $ 1,042,310 Average  $ 7,553 Median  $ 4,550 Sold 138 Offered 142 Clearance 97%  

Bidding is set to close on New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred's online All Age Sale today. Final bids on the first Lot closes at 1pm and when this auction closes, final bids will then be taken on Lot 2 and so on and so forth as we work our way through the 148 Lot catalogue. Those planning on bidding must familiarise themselves with the bidding tips below and can call +64 9 269 4436 should they have any questions. As of Wednesday morning, just over half of the horses on offer have met their reserves. The two highest priced Lots thus far are Lot 75, a colt by Art Major in Alta Debonair and Lot 103 a filly by Vincent. Both sit on $26,000 at this stage. Buyers will recieve an invoice this afternoon and have five working days to settle their accounts. NZB Airfreight and NZB Insurance offer very competitive rates, get in touch with the team to arrange your post-sale services.   Bidding tips Make sure you're registered and your account is set up properly, well before the auction is set to close.  Each auction will auto-extend by adding extra time on if a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds. This will happen indefinitely until no further bids are placed and will also add more time onto each of the subsequent Lots. Please note, there is no benefit in last second bidding as the site will only extend the auction for longer. Bidders are encouraged to get their bids on early. Use auto-bids to take the stress out of the final countdown and use the refresh button to make sure your page is keeping up with the live auction. gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time. Setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registrations or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email info@gavelhouse.com to help.   gavelhouse.com  

New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred bosses are seeing the last-day flurry they expected as New Zealand’s largest ever online sale comes into the home straight.  NZB Standardbred’s All Age Sale finishes tomorrow on gavelhouse.com, the first time a major catalogue of standardbred horses has been sold on that platform in New Zealand. Will gavelhouse.com has been active in in the standardbred market for over a year, the migrating of the entire All Age Sale catalogue with it’s very strong weanling component came about because of COVID-19 and has enormously boosted the registrations to the site, with 205 new potential buyers registered in the last week. And there has been plenty of clicking in the last 24 hours as the Sale draws to it’s conclusion starting at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday). “The Sale starts the countdown to closing off at 1pm on Wednesday,” says NZB Director James Jennings. “At 1pm the first lot starts its one-minute countdown to being sold but if anybody bids in the last 30 seconds that lot will auto extend for 30 more seconds. “That is to stop somebody waiting until the last second to bid and other potential buyers not having the chance to counter bid. “So once that lot is sold the next lot starts to countdown for its last minute and so on until the sale is complete.” Jennings and his team have been thrilled with the response to the Sale, with 52 horses already having met their reserve. “That is not only great for their vendors but also for the buyers because it shows that reserves have been realistic.” Jennings says the Sale has been typical of Trade Me-style auctions when buyers know they have a week to bid. “We saw a flurry of activity over the weekend when people have had more time to study the catalogue and bid. “And we have been helping some of the newly registered buyers through that process. “So the next 24 hours should be really exciting. But already we are thrilled the Sale has gone so well.” One of the key attractions of the Sale is any weanling purchased will be eligible for the Harness Million series. Pinhookers will also have the opportunity to re-enter their purchases for next February’s National Yearling Sale, at an unmoved entry fee of $950 plus GST for the Auckland Sale or $925 plus GST for the Christchurch Sale. Entries for those sales open in June and will be made through the new NZB Standardbred portal which enables online entry, so no more paper forms. View the catalogue on gavelhouse.com here.  The first Lot closes at 1PM (NZT) on Wednesday 27 May with all weanlings purchased eligible for the Harness Million Series.   Michael Guerin

The early numbers are very encouraging for New Zealand’s largest ever online standardbred sale. And New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred representative Cam Bray says that is not just from the early bids on the May mixed sale online now at Gavelhouse. The sale which would usually be held at Karaka migrated to online because of the Covid-19 restrictions and early bidding has been very strong. “Really, really promising,” says Bray. “Obviously it is a week-long sale so bidding runs until next Wednesday, which is when things start to get very serious. “But we already have horses with bids of $27,000, $17,500,  $12,000 and quite a few in that $5000 range. “That is a great start considering we have so long to go.” The sale is predominantly of weanlings and the top bid today (Friday) stands at $27,000 for a weanling filly by Downbytheseaside out of Revere Me, an unraced sister to Have Faith In Me and Adore Me, therefore a rare chance to buy a filly from perhaps Australasian harness racing’s hottest family of the last decade. Lot 75 from the Alabar draft is the brother to Alta Maestro sitting at $17,500 and certain to fetch far closer to six figures by Wednesday’s bidding cut off. Bray says while the strength of early bids is more than encouraging he is just as excited by the new registrations to the Gavelhouse standardbred site. “We had 131 new registrations in the week to last Monday and about two thirds of those were from Australia,” says Bray. “That puts us well over 1000 registered potential buyers and of course they might come back for other sales. So this sale is already strong but with real benefits for future sellers on the site.” Bray said there had been strong interest from potential pin-hookers looking to buy stock at a time of uncertainty and re-offer them at the yearling sales next February. “I think there has actually been more pin-hooking interest on Gavelhouse than there would have been had it been under the usual sales format.” You can watch a video with James Jennings from NZB Standardbred here: https://youtu.be/1qSAD4fdLkE You can watch a video with Graeme Henley from Alabar Stud here: https://youtu.be/ydrA0oy33kw   Michael Guerin

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