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Ian Dobson buys top lot - Day 1 at the Sales

09:02 AM 05 Mar 2012 NZDT
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New Zealand harness racing was given a vote of confidence with the first of the three day PGG Wrightson Sales of the Stars getting off to a flying start in Christchurch today (Monday March 5).

The mood in the sale ring remained vibrant throughout with several big industry players vying for a bevy of potential riches, many buyers forced to re-think their strategy in an effort to secure a slice of the action.

The top lot came very early in the day with prominent harness racing identity Ian Dobson establishing a bidding duel with West Melton horseman Cran Dalgety, both parties keen to take home a colt by first season sire Gotta Go Cullen from the unraced Pacific Fella mare Beauty Bee.

From the family of world champion pacer Hi Ho Sliverheels and top Aussie pacer Sting Lika Bee, BB Jones was knocked down to Dobson for $100,000. "I thought he was the best-looking horse in the sale, I promised Bruce (Hutton) I would buy him and send him to him to train, so I was happy to follow through," Dobson said.

Statistically this year's sale stacked-up well as compared to twelve months ago with a combined turnover of $3.97 million, ($4.1 million in 2011). The average for today's sale was $29,000, down $2000 from last year ($31,000 in 2011), with a clearance rate of 77% (81% in 2011).

Interestingly enough Australian buyers came to the party offering solid support right throughout the day, a total of 33 horses making their way across the Tasman, many bound for West Australia. PGG Wrightson Rep Bruce Barlass and his staff noticeably chuffed, and deservedly so following the uncertainty surrounding the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequent climatic changes affecting the industry.

"I think everyone was pretty relieved to be back doing business given the events of last year, and I think special mention should be made of the support given by Aussie buyers, in particular Mark Congerton, part-owner of Themightyquinn who was here with Gary Hall Snr," Barlass said.

"The whole sale was very positive and a great result given the expectation leading into today."

Sales Results

Lotno Vendor Sex Sire Dam Buyer Price
1 MRS J M SHARPLES F Art Major Affectionate Lady B P OLIVER 15000
2 BROMAC LODGE LTD C Santanna Blue Chip Agnes Patron TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 22000
3 MR F J & MRS K V PRICE F Art Major Albertina Buy Back $22000  
4 MR A G & MRS M RUSSELL C McArdle Alinghi KN LARSEN LTD 17000
5 HIGHVIEW STANDARDBREDS LTD C Mach Three Angela Rippon Buy Back $15000  
6 MISS S L DONALDSON C Jereme's Jet Another Kiwi EQUINE INVESTMENTS LTD 20000
7 MR S R THOMPSON F CR Commando Anreca Hest Buy Back $20000  
8 MRS N M STIVEN F Rocknroll Hanover Ardenart PGW as agent 50000
9 PARKHOUSE PROPERTIES SYNDICATE F Majestic Son Arpeggio Buy Back $8000  
10 MR G C & MRS L N EDDINGTON C Christian Cullen Artishake Buy Back $10000  
11 ROYDON LODGE STUD LTD C Majestic Son Aspiring Gal MR GRANT ADAMSON 30000
12 TUAPEKA LODGE C Courage Under Fire Atom Queen MR NEIL PILCHER 30000
13 MR R S CORNELIUS F Art Major Badland's Legend MR T KILKELLY 15000
14 MR W D KENNEDY F Bettor's Delight Beaudiene Bianca MR TREVOR LINDSAY 20000
15 NZ BRED LTD C Gotta Go Cullen Beauty Bee CULLEN BREEDING 100000
16 MR B C HUTTON F Sundon Bell Of The Night Buy Back $9000  
17 HIGHVIEW STANDARDBREDS LTD C Mach Three Black And Royal CRAN DALGETY 25000
18 MR G W McCULLOCH C McArdle Blondie's Pocket G SMALL 25000
19 FINASH BLOODSTOCK LTD C Christian Cullen Brooklyn Dream E & M STRIDE 75000
20 THE RED TIP GOVERNOR TRUST C McArdle Crushem WALMSLEY DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD 23000
21 MR S J WILLIAMS C Majestic Son Brylin Paige Buy Back $0  
22 MR A J JOHNSTONE C Christian Cullen Bluejeanbabyqueen Buy Back $7500  
23 MR M J STRATFORD C Bettor's Delight Ballymahon G GIBSON SMITH 15000
24 BANNER BLOODSTOCK C Christian Cullen Caitlin Banner TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 38000
25 GLENBROOK PARK STANDARDBREDS C Mach Three Cartier KN LARSEN LTD 16000
26 LA GRANGE FARM F Art Major Child In Time B PURDON 60000
27 MR D J KENNEDY C Mach Three Ciccio Star MR GH BENNETT 18000
28 PLEASANT FRANCO BREEDING F Art Major Cracker Kate TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 34000
29 SPREYDON LODGE C McArdle Crusader Franco M BROWN 26000
30 MR W D KENNEDY F Art Major Beaudiene Ladylike N MCGRATH 18000
31 HIGHVIEW STANDARDBREDS LTD C Jereme's Jet Cloneen Buy Back $14000  
32 PEMBROOK PARK LTD C Mach Three Diamond Bright WE & PM BAIN 50000
33 MRS V COWAN C Mach Three Cullen's Pride Buy Back $9000  
34 ROYDON LODGE STUD LTD F Monarchy Dear Diedre Buy Back $9000  
35 MR G C & MRS L N EDDINGTON F Majestic Son Blue Jean Lady Buy Back $7000  
36 MR G W & MRS S A HUNT F CR Commando Del's Hoof N It MR GRANT ADAMSON 20000
37 TAVISTOCK BREEDING LTD F Bettor's Delight Cullen's Creation JW DICKIE 42500
38 MR D B & MRS S D O'CONNELL C Christian Cullen Dorchester CRAN DALGETY 45000
39 MR M P & MRS P M O'CONNOR C Mach Three Dreamo Denario J DAVIES & N ALEXANDER 36000
40 STYX STABLES C Bettor's Delight Dreamy Anvil BRYAN COUSINS 31000
41 MR V L & MRS D L DEVERY C McArdle Dreamy Atom WALMSLEY DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD 31000
42 BANNER BLOODSTOCK C Christian Cullen Corporate Banner TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 57000
43 MR K J MCCLINTOCK C Mach Three Fake Rose NEIL EDGE 16000
44 MR I W MCNICHOLL F Monarchy Eilish Mac MR TG CASEY 45000
45 HIGHVIEW STANDARDBREDS LTD F Jereme's Jet Concubine Buy Back $9000  
46 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK C McArdle Enchanter Franco PGW as agent 7000
47 SMALL CAR WORLD C Christian Cullen English Elegance TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 20000
48 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK C Courage Under Fire Everlaughing Life Withdrawn  
49 REGAL LODGE STUD F Mach Three Ednalea Buy Back $15000  
50 MR B I & MRS C A ROBERTSON C Grinfromeartoear Falcon's Flybye Regan Todd 35000
51 MR R C & MRS M M BEALE C Mach Three Fast Winger MR BRIAN O'MEARA 34000
52 Est R P BROWMAN C Elsu Final Verdict MR PETER CHAMBERLAIN 17000
53 MR L E & MRS H R WILLIAMS F McArdle Fleet's Pocket Buy Back $12500  
54 MRS V COWAN C Mach Three Flyin Score Buy Back $22500  
55 TAVISTOCK BREEDING LTD C Love You Focus On Me JW DICKIE 15000
56 SPREYDON LODGE C McArdle Heraldic Franco MR JC HAY 20000
57 NZ BRED LTD F Christian Cullen Forever Now MR TREVOR LINDSAY 20000
58 STYX STABLES F Art Major Foxy Styx Buy Back $18000  
59 HIGHVIEW STANDARDBREDS LTD C Art Major E J Becks M PURDON 45000
60 ROSEDALE FARM F Majestic Son Inda Cata G SMALL 15000
61 MR R S CORNELIUS C Mach Three Gail Devers J COYNE 82500
62 THE FANNY ALLEN FAMILY TRUST F Love You Galleons Surprise Buy Back $16000  
63 MR S R THOMPSON F CR Commando Geena Hest JP & FJ REARDON 16000
64 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK F Western Ideal Gem Power N MCGRATH 21000
65 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK C Bettor's Delight Funontherun KATIE CARVILLE 57500
66 COMPTON STANDARDBREDS LTD C Bettor's Delight Harmony Franco C J DE FILIPPI 25000
67 SMALL CAR WORLD C Western Ideal Gentle Audrey M PURDON 50000
68 MR I R & MRS J A CAMERON F Love You Ginas Brightest Buy Back $15000  
69 MR M J STRATFORD C Christian Cullen Glendowan KATIE CARVILLE 45000
70 MR R P BROWMAN C Courage Under Fire Holme To Rule Withdrawn  
71 ROSEDALE FARM F Mach Three Inspiring Dash Buy Back $37500  
72 SPREYDON LODGE C Mach Three Hunter Franco CRAN DALGETY 86000
73 MR F J & MRS K V PRICE C Christian Cullen Idancedallnight M BROWN 40000
74 STYX STABLES C McArdle Impact Buy Back $16000  
75 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK F Christian Cullen Heavenly Franco MR GREG PAYNE 8000
76 MR J E FOKERD C Mach Three In The Stars Withdrawn  
77 HOME FIRST BREEDING LTD C McArdle Honey Babe BEN WALDRON 8000
78 MR D B JONES C Grinfromeartoear Impact's Legacy Buy Back $20000  
79 BROMAC LODGE LTD F Art Major Jillbo MR KENNETH A DIXON as agent 16000
80 NZ BRED LTD C Christian Cullen Julia R Buy Back $12500  
81 SMALL CAR WORLD C Art Major Isabella Anvil PGW as agent 22000
82 SPREYDON LODGE C McArdle Jazz Franco MR T KILKELLY 10000
83 ROSEDALE FARM C Mach Three Kate's First Mary Rosati & Jayne Davies 75000
84 HIGHVIEW STANDARDBREDS LTD F Mach Three Kurahaupo Illusion MR TREVOR LINDSAY 15000
85 MR G J TRIST C McArdle Kym's Girl Buy Back $16000  
86 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK C Badlands Hanover Kurahaupo Legend MR LOGAN G HOLLIS 14000
87 JORDASH BREEDING TRUST C McArdle Joyrock C & WR NORDQVIST FARM LTD 23000
88 MISS D L HARRISON C Christian Cullen Lady Butler DAWE BLOODSTOCK & PROPERTIES 34000
89 WILLOWDALE PARTNERSHIP C McArdle Laurel Franco MR PJ DOBSON 6000
90 MR J W SMOLENSKI F Elsu Laurent Perrier TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 17000
91 TUAPEKA LODGE C Mach Three Letatalk B & P HUGHES 56000
92 MRS J M SHARPLES F Art Major Lils Dream Buy Back $20000  
93 MR W D KENNEDY C Washington VC Love Sign TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 65000
94 MESSRS I M & J M TAYLOR C McArdle Lets Scoot Franco AFH HUNTER 17000
95 MR BLAIR O'CONNELL F Majestic Son Just A Moment MR GREG PAYNE 10000
96 SMALL CAR WORLD C Love You Kathy Galleon PREMIER STABLES 50000
97 MR D BROWN C Majestic Son Landoras Special MR MARK JONES 45000
98 MR J W S & R G MOONEY F Christian Cullen Lucinda Midfrew Buy Back $17500  
99 MR N A TIMMS C Christian Cullen Luckisaladytonight LAURENCE HANRAHAN 48000
100 YESBERG BLOODSTOCK LTD F Christian Cullen Lynne Falcon MR DJ BAYNES 16000
101 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK C Christian Cullen La Luciola N MCGRATH 7500
102 PLEASANT FRANCO BREEDING C Elsu Lucky Pocket Regan Todd as agent 15000
103 AKARA LODGE LTD F Christian Cullen Mauresmo Buy Back $12500  
104 MR K T FAIRBAIRN C Santanna Blue Chip Magical Minnie A Currin 24000
105 PARKHOUSE PROPERTIES SYNDICATE C Christian Cullen On Scroll MR A G HERLIHY 14000
106 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK F Majestic Son Paramount Star JW DICKIE 50000
107 TUAPEKA LODGE F Bettor's Delight Lillian Buy Back $15000  
108 MR D BROWN C Christian Cullen Lanoch TOTAL STRATEGY (NZ) LTD 33000
109 MR J D McKENZIE C Art Major Millwood Becqui M PURDON 70000
110 MRS A M & MR T W WELHAM C Real Desire Midnight In Paris Buy Back $13000  
111 MR W D KENNEDY C Falcon Seelster Mighty Asset MR PD BAGRIE 16000
112 MRS J M SHARPLES C Art Major Monkey Bay Buy Back $12500  
113 MOTU LODGE STUD LTD C Art Major Motu Living Doll THOMPSON BLOODSTOCK 25000
114 NZ BRED LTD C Christian Cullen Luscious Franco Buy Back $12500  
115 MR B KENNEDY C Badlands Hanover My Life MR T KILKELLY 16000
116 SPREYDON LODGE C McArdle Nature Franco M BROWN 18000
117 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK C Falcon Seelster Nevermore LOBURN LTD 40000
118 MR P R BIELBY C Four Starzzz Shark Magnificent Yield CHARLIE SCHEMBRI 16000
119 ROSEDALE FARM C Art Major Raise Your Spirits ROBERT WATSON 42500
120 JORDASH BREEDING TRUST F Courage Under Fire Northern Franco E & M STRIDE 50000
121 AKARA LODGE LTD F Art Major Natural Franco Daniel Jack 17000
122 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK C Bettor's Delight Soky's Legend KEVIN HICKMAN 20000
123 MRS J L SMOLENSKI F Mach Three One Dream TP PEARCE 45000
124 LA GRANGE FARM F Courage Under Fire Paint It Black MATT SAUNDERS 8000
125 MR L E & MRS H R WILLIAMS F Monarchy Petite Sunset MARK NICKEL 30000
126 MR M P & MRS P M O'CONNOR C American Ideal Presidential Sweet G L BANKS & M J HANOVER 55000
127 MR G J PEARSON F Bettor's Delight Princess Alberta Withdrawn  
128 MS N E A PREECE C Falcon Seelster Nemesis Choice DAWE BLOODSTOCK & PROPERTIES 13000
129 MR P R BIELBY C Western Ideal Medea Buy Back $34000  
130 MR P I & MRS P M RENWICK C McArdle Nicky's Girl Buy Back $0  
131 MR D A SENIOR C Elsu Prima Bella Buy Back $9000  
132 MISS L A McLACHLAN C Christian Cullen Maddison Lee MR GREG PAYNE 14000
133 WINDRUSH TRUST F Christian Cullen Smart Decision Buy Back $12000  
134 GLENBROOK PARK STANDARDBREDS F Bettor's Delight Princess Of Diamonds E W KNIGHT 12000
135 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK C Courage Under Fire Stunning MR GRANT ADAMSON S/BRED 70000
136 MRS W BLAKIE F Sundon Princess Della E & M STRIDE 35000
137 MR D M MOORE C Mach Three Regal Banner WM MULDREW & GJ ANDERSON 20000
138 MR J W SMOLENSKI C Elsu Regent Guest MR PAUL WALTON 7000
139 YESBERG BLOODSTOCK LTD F Mach Three Return To Gold ROBERT WATSON 20000
140 MR T R BARRON & P T MARSHALL F Courage Under Fire Roanne Withdrawn  
141 MR M C PAGET C Mach Three Pay Me Painter WHATEVER SYNDICATE 37000
142 MR M J STRATFORD F Grinfromeartoear Stronechrubie Buy Back $0  
143 SHARD FARM STANDARDBREDS LTD F Mach Three Shards A Flyin Daniel Jack 55000
144 ASTAIRE S'BRED BREEDING CO LTD C McArdle Sheng Li N MCGRATH 20000
145 ROSEDALE FARM F Art Major The Holmes Legend JIMMY HOWLETT 19000
146 ROYDON LODGE STUD LTD C Sundon Sierra Action MR GAVIN SMITH 11000
147 BROMAC LODGE LTD F Mach Three Tandias Courage M PURDON 67500
148 MR F W MARRION C Love You Sun Goddess ANTHONY CROSSLAND 30000
149 MOTU LODGE STUD LTD F Art Major Silksngems JIMMY HOWLETT 25000
150 MR P N SMITH C Grinfromeartoear Smoke N Mirrors CRAN DALGETY 33000
151 MR NEIL PILCHER F Courage Under Fire Smooth Paula MR T KILKELLY 12000
152 MRS J L SMOLENSKI C McArdle Solitaire KN LARSEN LTD 9000
153 ULTIMATE BREEDING F Art Major Princess Paua HOMESTEAD FARM 17000
154 NETHERWOOD LODGE C Mach Three Speedy Falcon J FEISS 19000
155 MRS N M STIVEN F Art Major Strathrowan Buy Back $0  
156 MR B WASTNEY F Christian Cullen Strawbs Last Act MR MARK JONES 12000
157 ROSEDALE FARM C Santanna Blue Chip Time Again Franco BARRY HOWLETT 35000
158 MR M J STRATFORD F Jereme's Jet Stronecullen MATT SAUNDERS 12000
159 ASSET BLOODSTOCK LTD C McArdle Smooth Asset RRJ STORER 15000
160 MR W E & MRS P M BAIN C Mach Three Stylish Onedin NATHAN WILLIAMSON 21000
161 STYX STABLES F Somebeachsomewhere Styx Sleeknfleet Buy Back $16000  
162 MR S W EDMONDS C CR Commando Sun Del MR STEPHEN DOODY 27000
163 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK C Courage Under Fire Tellalie CT & KL TEMPLETON 20000
164 REGAL LODGE STUD C Mach Three Surf Queen David Butt as agent 30000
165 BROMAC LODGE LTD C Mach Three Tanisa Bromac PI & GJ KENNARD B/STOCK 55000
166 VIKING SYNDICATE C Mach Three Swingin Sands MR GREG PAYNE 26000
167 SPREYDON LODGE C Badlands Hanover Tarania Franco MR JC HAY 10000
168 MR A J JOHNSTONE C Christian Cullen U Legend MR DAVE DEMPSEY 11000
169 MR M J STRATFORD C Christian Cullen Suzys Delight MR KK & MRS BG CHAPMAN 18000
170 MR B I & MRS C A ROBERTSON F Grinfromeartoear Trelise KANUKA HILL 2009 LTD 14000
171 MRS J M SHARPLES F Sands A Flyin Tuapeka Vale MR CRAIG B RAPLEY 40000
172 STUDHOLME BLOODSTOCK C Mach Three Turkana CRAN DALGETY 17000
173 MR G J PEARSON F Art Major Under Cover Lover Buy Back $25000  
174 MR J E FOKERD F Art Major Try Me Franco STEVE WITTE 14000
175 P J & J W FORREST & L R RADICH C Artsplace Veecmee MR RJ DUNN 35000
176 TUAPEKA LODGE F Art Major Wave Runner CRAN DALGETY 52000
177 LOVING TOUCH SYNDICATE C McArdle Went Motoring KN LARSEN LTD 12000
178 MR A J JOHNSTONE C Art Major Western Legend Withdrawn  
179 MR P F B & MRS J T WILLIAMS C Sundon Whizz Way Buy Back $18000  
180 MRS M N BAIRD C Majestic Son Without Fear Buy Back $14000  
181 MR PAUL WITSEY C CR Commando Yankee Del MR P WITSEY 6000
182 MR R D & MRS B M HOLLOWS C Grinfromeartoear Young Tegan MR R JENKINS 32000
183 MR B WASTNEY C Christian Cullen Zeonly Survivor WAYNE ADAMS 21000
184 Est R P BROWMAN C Jereme's Jet Zoe's Charm Ruby Bloodstock 10000
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