NZ National Sale Will Have New Session

The new session in 2011 will be for horses in training.

New Zealand Bloodstock has added a new session dedicated to horses in training to its 2011 national weanling, broodmare, and mixed bloodstock sale, which is scheduled for May 2-4. The session will be open to all horses that have trialed, raced, or have breezed up for the New Zealand Bloodstock ready to run sale in the current season. There will be no age limit on entries.

The new session was added because of a demand for a viable sales opportunity for horses currently in work, according to New Zealand Bloodstock's co-managing director, Petrea Vela.

"This new session is being introduced in response to a number of requests for an auction sales opportunity for horses currently in training, including from some leading New Zealand and Australian trainers," Vela said. "There are horses everywhere from trial winners to young broken in stock that do not move via the private sale market for various reasons, and for many (of their owners) the additional cost of going on to race or trial is prohibitive, so an opportunity exists for a viable alternative.

"The ready-to-run sale will always be the most desirable route for 2-year-olds due to the success already established at that sale," Vela continued. "But for horses that might have missed a ready-to-run preparation, or for trainers that have older horses that don't fit their business model but may be viable propositions for others, this offers an alternative. At the same time, we hope it can be a platform to offer a genuine export quality horse."