Thorn Park Offspring in Demand at Karaka

A pair of colts by recently deceased sire Thorn Park brought the top two highest prices at the second session at New Zealand Bloodstock's select yearling sale Jan. 31 at Karaka.

NZB, agent, went to $140,000 (US$117,210) to secure the session topper, a colt out of the Montjeu mare Kashira. The bay, offered by Windsor Park Stud, is the second foal out of his dam and is from the family of group I winners Military Plume and Monaco Consul.

Mapperley Stud consigned the day's second-highest price, a colt out winning Golan mare L'Accord bought for $130,000 ($108,839) by the team of Singapore trainer Michael Freedman and New Zealand bloodstock agent Michael Wallace. The bay is his dam's first foal.

Thorn Park, New Zealand's leading sire for the 2010-2011 season, died from complications of laminitis at age 13 in December at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge, New Zealand. The son of Spinning World currently is the select sale's leading sire, with 10 sold at an average price of $68,600 ($57,433).

Cumulative figures through two days of trading show the average price of $44,944 ($37,628) was up slightly at 0.5%, and median price rose 7.1% to $37,500 ($31,396), compared with last year. Total receipts for 285 horses sold were down 1.8% to $12,809,000 ($10,723,878).

The clearance rate was 70% after two sessions of the three-day sale, compared with 77% in 2012.

The third and final session of the select sale continues Feb. 1 beginning at 11 a.m. at Karaka.

For sales results, visit www.nzb.co.nz.

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