Mulcaster and Waller rekindle Preferment link as Karaka comes to a close

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A colt by first season sire Preferment (NZ) topped the final day of sales at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka, with Guy Mulcaster and Chris Waller securing the colt from Hallmark Stud’s Book 2 draft for NZ$120,000.

At A Glance

>> Book 2 concluded with Guy Mulcaster paying the highest price of the session for a Preferment colt

>> Book 2 aggregate was up on 2019, but average was down from NZ$39,606 to NZ$35,012 as was clearance rate (from 73 per cent to 69 per cent) and median (from NZ$30,000 to NZ$25,000)

>> Bruce Perry went to NZ$110,000 for a colt by Tarzino (NZ), which is headed to Australia

>> Trading in a much smaller Book 3 was brisk with an increase on averages from NZ$9994 to NZ$10,583, and a clearance rate of 67 per cent, down from 69 per cent last year. Median was slightly up from NZ$7000 to NZ$7500

>> Hong Kong bloodstock agent Paul Chow secured the top Book 3 lot, paying NZ$65,000 for a colt by Keeper

Mulcaster prefers colt

Mulcaster was the man who purchased Preferment as a yearling at this sale in 2013 and has snapped up three of his first crop this week, two colts and a filly, including Friday's top lot.

"I brought Chris Waller to have a look at a few of them the other day and we bought two,” Mulcaster said.

“He then said we should probably get one more and we have a loyal group of owners who are going to race him together. We bought two beautiful colts and a filly, so we are going to have a bit of fun with them.”

Lot 1097 - Preferment (NZ) x Essayez (colt)

The colt, Lot 1097, is out of three-time winner Essayez (Excellent Art {GB}), from the family of G3 Bonecrusher S. winner Spring Heat (More Than Ready {USA}) and features multiple stakes winner Katima (Zeditave) as his third dam.

Another first season sire, Tarzino sired the second highest-priced yearling of the session with bloodstock agent Bruce Perry going to NZ$110,000 to secure Lot 1058, the colt out of Commands mare Coyote Miss.

1058 - Tarzino (NZ) x Coyote Miss (colt)

“I thought he was a lovely staying-type of horse, very typical of a lot of the old Zabeel-type horses that used to be so good over a bit of ground,” Perry said.

“I am hoping he can develop into one of those one day and be a nice Derby-Cup horse.

“I didn’t go there with any intention of buying one, but he caught my eye when I was looking at some of the second session horses.”

“I didn’t go there with any intention of buying one, but he caught my eye when I was looking at some of the second session horses.” - Bruce Perry

The colt is also headed to Australia and join Mike Moroney's Melbourne-based Ballymore Stables.

Book 2 finished with an average of NZ$35,012 and an aggregate of NZ$9.87 million. The average was down from the NZ$39,606 on last year, but the overall aggregate was slightly up from the NZ$9.743 million of 2019.

Chow's pick tops Book 3

Hong Kong bloodstock agent Paul Chow secured the top lot of Book 3, paying NZ$65,000 for Lot 1167, a Keeper colt out of Lucky Unicorn (NZ) mare Lucky J’Abeel (NZ).

The colt, offered by Platinum Bloodstock, is from a family that goes back to the blue hen Denise's Joy (Seventh Hussar {FR}), who is his fourth dam.

Lot 1167 - Keeper x Lucky J'Abeel (NZ) (colt)

“He was a very nice type,” said Chow, who bought the colt under his Tartan Meadow Bloodstock banner. “He’s correct, athletic, by a proven sire and from a good family. There’s a lot to like about him.

"He is from the Denise’s Joy family. I am actually very surprised to find a pedigree of that class in Book 3, so it’s a no-brainer this horse.”

"He is from the Denise’s Joy family. I am actually very surprised to find a pedigree of that class in Book 3, so it’s a no-brainer this horse.” - Paul Chow

The colt is set to stay in New Zealand for his initial preparation before a likely move to Hong Kong if he shows enough promise.

Lot 1167 - Keeper x Lucky J'Abeel (NZ) (colt)

“He will go to my farm in Cambridge, Kaipira Lodge, where he will be educated there," Chow said. “If he is good enough he will end up in Hong Kong eventually.”

Book 3 saw 66 yearlings sold at an average of NZ$10,583, with an aggregate of NZ$698,500

The Book 3 average was up on the NZ$9994 in 2019, but with a much smaller catalogue (115 compared to 208), the aggregate was down significantly from NZ$1.22 million to NZ$698,500.

Top Lots - 31 January

1097PrefermentEssayezHallmark StudMr CJ Waller / Mulcaster BloodstockNew South Wales$120,000
1058TarzinoCoyote MissJamieson ParkBruce Perry Bloodstock (BAFNZ)Wellington$110,000
1061Per IncantoCyd CharisseLittle Avondale StudThe Robt Dawe AgencyAuckland$80,000
1070WroteDesireeHighviewBurgoyne BloodstockManawatu-Whanganui$80,000
1131VespaHarmonizeValachi DownsWexford Stables / Hughes BloodstockWaikato$75,000
1129Darci BrahmaHang SengArcher ParkPaul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables NZWaikato$70,000
1167KeeperLucky J'AbeelPlatinum BloodstockTartan Meadow BloodstockHong Kong$65,000
1098ShowcasingEstelleHaunui FarmMr C Ball / Hughes BloodstockAuckland$60,000
1090VadamosElusive TracyHighden ParkMr C ColeWaikato$50,000
1105ProisirFairfield FlameRich Hill StudMr C ColeWaikato$50,000

Top buyers by aggregate - Book 3

Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables NZWaikato7$181,500$25,929$70,0001129
Mr C ColeWaikato4$185,000$46,250$50,0001090
Wexford Stables / Hughes BloodstockWaikato2$105,000$52,500$75,0001131
Mr CJ Waller / Mulcaster BloodstockNew South Wales1$120,000$120,000$120,0001097
Bruce Perry Bloodstock (BAFNZ)Wellington1$110,000$110,000$110,0001058
Tartan Meadow BloodstockHong Kong2$85,000$42,500$65,0001167
The Robt Dawe AgencyAuckland1$80,000$80,000$80,0001061
Lisa Latta RacingAuckland3$78,000$26,000$36,0001147
Phill Cataldo BloodstockWaikato4$71,000$17,750$30,0001082
Mr RR ManningWaikato3$64,000$21,333$35,0001089

Top vendors by aggregate - Book 3

Westbury Stud15$145,500$9,700$29,0001255
Platinum Bloodstock1$65,000$65,000$65,0001167
Haunui Farm4$51,000$12,750$22,0001259
Grangewilliam Stud4$43,000$10,750$20,0001180
Long Acres Stud7$43,000$6,143$20,0001184
Leanach Lodge Ltd1$38,000$38,000$38,0001253
Te Aute Stud2$29,000$14,500$22,5001174
Advantageous Ventures1$24,000$24,000$24,0001204
Brighthill Farm2$22,500$5,625$7,0001159

Top sires by average (3 or more sold) - Book 3

El Roca6$13,750$82,500$29,0001255
The Bold One4$6,125$24,500$9,0001230