A young horse sired by Iffraaj topped the select portion of New Zealand Bloodstock’s national yearling sales for the second day in a row. A colt out of the stakes-winning Jugah mare French Flute brought NZ$170,000 ($132,697 in U.S. funds) Feb. 4 at Karaka. On the opening day Feb. 3, a filly out of Sayyida was sold for NZ$290,000 ($224,921).
Walter and Kathy Alteri's Newlands Thoroughbreds purchased the NZ$170,000 colt from Trelawney Stud, which also consigned the NZ$290,000 filly. The colt is a half brother to four winners, including Vanny Fair (by Van Nistelrooy), who finished second in the 2007 Oceanz Seafood Northland Breeders Stakes. Their dam captured the 1998 Morphettville 2-Year-Old Plate in Australia.
According to New Zealand Bloodstock, the cumulative results through two days included a gross of NZ$13,717,500 ($10,707,500) for the 294 yearlings that were sold. The average was NZ$46,658 ($36,420) and the median was NZ$38,000 ($29,662). The clearance rate was 73%.