NZB South Island Sale Review

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For the third consecutive year, White Robe Lodge was the leading vendor by aggregate and average at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale and the Anderton family’s Mosgiel operation also offered the highest-priced yearling on Monday.

At A Glance

>> White Robe Lodge takes the leading vendor title for the third year running and sold the highest-priced lot.

>> The Anderton family’s resident stallion Ghibellines was also the leading sire by average at NZ$28,875 for four lots sold.

>> Sale stalwart John Foote secures four yearlings to end the sale as the leading buyer with a total spend of NZ$136,000.

>> Positive signs for the New Zealand Bloodstock with both average and clearance rates showing increases on 12 months ago, although volume and gross is less than half the corresponding figures in 2016.

White Robe again the dominant force

For the third consecutive year, White Robe Lodge was the leading vendor by aggregate and average at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale and the Anderton family’s Mosgiel operation also offered the highest-priced yearling on Monday.

They sold a half-sister by Per Incanto (USA) to the dual Group 3 winner Coulee (NZ) (Gallant Guru) to local buyer Graeme Anderson for NZ $72,500.

The filly, Lot 57, is out of the Listed Canterbury Belle S. winner Cherry Creek (Monashee Mountain {USA}) and the family of the G1 VRC Sires’ Produce S. winner Pillaging (Marauding {NZ}), who was a stakes performer in Hong Kong as Helene Pillaging.

Lot 57 Per Incanto x Cherry Creek filly

“It was good to see a lot of agents here and we were happy with how we sold,” White Robe’s Brian Anderton said.

“It was good to see a lot of agents here and we were happy with how we sold.” - Brian Anderton.

“I have some great clients down here and we need to lead by example in supporting the South Island Sale.”

White Robe Lodge sold seven yearlings for an aggregate of NZ$220,500 and a leading average price of NZ$31,500.

“I was really pleased to obtain such a quality filly from the south,” said Anderson, who has nominated the youngster for the Karaka Million Series.

“I thought she was a strong filly who could make an early going 2-year-old or 1000 Guineas type of horse.

“I thought she was a strong filly who could make an early going 2-year-old or 1000 Guineas type of horse.“ – Graeme Anderson.

“The ownership will be shared with a few other local owners and friends so we’ll be looking forward to having a bit of fun with her.”

White Robe Lodge's Wayne Stewart showing a yearling to John Foote

Australian agent leading buyer

Anderson was the second leading buyer at the sale, spending NZ$85,000 with Queensland agent John Foote topping that department with four purchases for NZ$136,000 and a highest price of NZ$60,000 for a son of Makfi (GB).

Offered by Mentally Stable Lt, Lot 23 is a half-brother to the stakes performers Court Order (NZ) (Pins), Rosa Carolina (NZ) (Savabeel) and Room For Excuse (NZ) (No Excuse Needed {GB}).

They are out of the former smart galloper Ombre Rose (NZ) (O’Reilly), who was a three-time winner at Listed level and was twice a Group 1 placegetter.

“John has been an amazing supporter of the sale for many years and has shown his hand once again.” - Andrew Seabrook.

It is also the family of the G2 Herbert Power H. winner Aquidity (NZ) (Avaray {Fr}), who also finished runner-up in the G1 BMW S. and the G1 Sydney Cup, and the G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner The Sportsman (NZ) (Kilimanjaro {GB}).

Foote also went to NZ$48,000 for Lot 34, a son of Ghibellines out of the draft of White Robe who stands the G2 Todman Slipper winning half-brother to the four-time Group 1 winner and former champion filly Guelph (Exceed And Excel).

Leading sire by average Ghibellines, who stands at White Robe Lodge

The colt is out of Smudgee (NZ) (Yamanin Vital {NZ}), who was successful six times and is a three-quarter sister to the G3 Eclipse S. winner Requisite.

“John has been an amazing supporter of the sale for many years and has shown his hand once again,” NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook said.

“Although numbers were low for the sale, it remains well supported by buyers and we look forward to increasing numbers for next year’s edition.”

Young sires popular

Te Akau supremo David Ellis picked up three yearlings, including the Mansfield Farm-offered son of Zacinto (GB) for NZ$50,000.

Presented as Lot 4, he is a half-brother to the Listed Birthday Cup winner Éclair Samba (NZ) (Ekraar {USA}) and Vittoria (NZ) (Postponed {USA}), who finished third in the G1 Queensland Oaks.

Their dam Eurotec (Marauding {NZ}) is a half-sister to the G3 Adelaide Guineas winner Classic Allure (Bellotto {USA}).

Lot 4 Zacinto x Eurotec colt

Southern sires topped the leading sire by average list (three or more sold) with Ghibellines at NZ$28,875 for four lots sold and Zacinto averaging of NZ$21,500 for six lots sold. Second season sire Proisir rounded out the top three with a leading price of NZ$17,500 from his four lots sold.

With a reduction to 61 lots in the catalogue this year, at the close of selling New Zealand Bloodstock was upbeat with the average and clearance rate up from 2018.

A total of 42 lots sold for an aggregate of NZ$665,650, the average rose from NZ$13,869 NZ$15,849 and the clearance rate to up from 61 per cent to 75 percent with the median settling at NZ$9000.

Statistics

Top Lots

57Ch.FPer Incanto / Cherry CreekWhite Robe LodgeMr GJ AndersonOtago$72,500
23B.CMakfi / Ombre RoseMentally StableJohn Foote BloodstockHong Kong$60,000
18B.CMongolian Khan / Lucy O'ReillyParitai FarmDavid ButtCanterbury$55,000
4BR.CZacinto / EurotecMansfield FarmMr DC EllisTe Akau$50,000
34BB.CGhibellines / SmudgeeWhite Robe LodgeJohn Foote BloodstockVictoria$48,000
5B.CZacinto / Fascinate MeRipple CreekGo RacingAuckland$39,000
22B.FPins / Olden DaysLong Acres StudGrantleigh Farm LtdCanterbury$30,000
32B.CGhibellines / Sheeza DramaWhite Robe LodgeMr NF RidleyCanterbury$25,000
6B.CGhibellines / Flight ArrivalWhite Robe LodgeMrs SJ CunninghamCanterbury$22,500
43Ch.CZacinto / TranqueraInglewood StudLeda Horse LtdChina$22,500

Leading Purchaser by Aggregate

John Foote Bloodstock (Victoria)4$136,000$34,000$60,00023
Mr GJ Anderson (Otago)2$85,000$42,500$72,50057
Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)3$75,000$25,000$50,0004
David Butt (Canterbury)1$55,000$55,000$55,00018
Mr Tao Gu (China)2$40,000$20,000$20,0003
Go Racing (Auckland)1$39,000$39,000$39,0005