The weanling portion of New Zealand Bloodstock's national mixed sale ended on Monday with downturns from the previous year.
Ethereal, the champion New Zealand-bred Australian stayer by Rhythm, has been retired. The heroine of last year's Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) signed off with another exciting win in The BMW Harry Tancred Stakes (Aust-I) at Sydney's Rosehill Gardens on March 23.
The select colts portion of the New Zealand national yearling sales series ended on Friday at Karaka with gross revenues of $9,548,000 (approximately $4,038,804 in U.S. funds) and an average price of $32,148 ($13,599) for the 297 horses sold during the two sessions. The gross was up by 7.0%, but the average was down by 25.8% from last year, when 206 horses grossed $8,927,000 and averaged $43,300.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased 10 yearling colts at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, which took place at Karaka near Auckland from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.
A strapping chestnut colt by Gold Brose sold for $145,000 (approximately $61,335 in U.S. funds) Wednesday to top the opening session of the select colts portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series. Trainer Bryce Tankard purchased the colt from Fayette Park Stud.
The premier portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series ended on Wednesday with gross revenues of $37,468,340 (approximately $15,849,108 U.S.funds) and an average price of $102,935 ($46,503) for the 364 horses sold. The gross was down by 21.4% and the average was down by 15.6% from last year's comparable figures of $47,666,150 and $122,000, respectively.
A Zabeel colt out of the group I winner Our Marquise brought the top price of $1,050,000 (approximately $444,140 in U.S. funds) during Tuesday's second session of the New Zealand premier yearling sale at Karaka. Consigned by Cambridge Stud, he was purchased by Emirates Park Stud, which is owned by Nasser Lootah of Dubai.
Sixty-one horses sold for a gross of $4,903,500 (approximately $2,074,181 in U.S. funds) and an average of $80,385 ($34,121) during the opening session of the Premier yearling sale in New Zealand on Monday. The median for the session reached $70,000 ($29,610). Eighty-two percent of the horses offered were sold, an improvement over the 74% clearance rate on last year's first day, according to a press release issued by New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd.
Cyclades, a gelded 6-year-old grandson of Alleged, collected a career high win in taking the $270,000 (New Zealand funds) Wellington Cup (NZ-I) Jan. 26 for Auckland publisher Wendy Pye.
The postal system in New Zealand has issued stamps depicting two-time Australian Horse of the Year Sunline and five other horses. According to the New Zealand Post's Web site, issuance of the stamps and a silver coin is in conjunction with the Chinese Lunar Calendar's "Year of the Horse."
Michael Walker won New Zealand's jockey championship at age 16. Now a much older and wiser 17, Walker recently matched and will soon eclipse the country's record for most wins in a year.
New Zealand jockey sensation Michael Walker equalled Lance O'Sullivan's New Zealand record of 162 wins in a season today. O'Sullivan set that total in the 1996-97 season.
Champion New Zealand mare Sunline, having her final race before heading to Dubai, coasted to victory March 3 at Warwick Farm in Sydney in the seven furlong Apollo Stakes (Aust-II).
New Zealand mare Sunline will be in Dubai on March 24, but not for the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). Sunline had been considered a possibility for the world's richest race, but following a journey to Dubai, her connections decided she would instead contest the $2 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-II), at about nine furlongs on turf.
The Darley breeding entity that stands stallions raced by Sheikh Mohammed is joining forces with the Robert Sangster family for a stallion base in Australia. As part of the venture, Darley is sending four stallions to stand at the Sangsters' Collingrove Stud in New South Wales.
Tik Tik Trinidad, representing Gooree Stud owner Eduardo Cojuangco, went to $1,450,000 ($645,178 U.S.) to buy the sale topper and establish a new filly yearling record at the New Zealand Premier Sale on Thursday.
Sensational New Zealand sire Zabeel dominated the first sessionof the National Yearling Sale conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock Tuesday at Karaka, near Auckland. Of the $14,822,500 gross (US$6,434,151), 16 filles and colts by Zabeel accounted for $4,985,000, roughly a third of the total receipts.
Dr. Rene van Weeren of Utrecht University discussed the alliance's first major project, which involves two groups of Thoroughbred foals in New Zealand.
Australian and New Zealand champion filly One Under was recently purchased by Lexington bloodstock agent Stanley D. Petter Jr. on behalf of owner John F. Kunkel.
Eight Carat, the New Zealand broodmare of the year three consecutive years from 1995-'97, was euthanized Tuesday at Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud.
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