New South Wales bloodstock agent Kieran Moore paid the top price of NZ$170,000 (approximately US$116,731) for a colt by Australian Widden Stud sire Lucky Owners, who is a group I-winning freshman by Danehill, during Wednesday’s opening session of the select section at the New Zealand National Yearling Sales Series (two premier sessions, followed by three select sessions and one "Festival" session) at Karaka in Auckland. The yearling is the first foal out of the winning O'Reilly mare Bright Beauty.
The colt was consigned by New Zealand-based Trelawney Stud on behalf of Joan Egan. His dam is a half-sister to group II-winning and group I-placed Cheiron (who boasts 11 wins from 1,200 to 1,600meters).
Australian buyer Rohan Hughes paid NZ$140,000 (US$96,131) for a filly by The Oaks Stud's group I-winning sire Spartacus (by Danehill). This is the second foal out of the unraced Tale of the Cat mare Cattleya and was consigned by Lyndhurst Farm. Australia’s Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock also paid NZ$140,000 for a colt by Japanese shuttle sire Jungle Pocket (the first foal out of the unraced Zabeel mare Wella) consigned by Rich Hill Stud.
Overall during the opening session of the select session, records for average and median price were established. Ninety-eight lots sold for a gross NZ$4,831,500 (U.S.$3,317,549). The average was NZ$49,301 (US$33,853), up 42.1% from last year’s final select average of NZ$34,687. The median was NZ$40,000 (US$27,466), up 33.3% from last year’s final select median of NZ$30,000.
NZ Bloodstock head auctioneer Joe Walls said: "From the rostrum this sale felt as strong as any we have witnessed at Karaka. There was spirited bidding right from the outset."