Australian trainer Peter Moody won a bidding war to secure a yearling colt by More Than Ready at the first day of the Karaka sales in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday.
Moody paid $470,000 for Cambridge Stud’s bay colt out of Gr. 2 Waikato Gold Cup winner Lovetrista, who is out of the multiple Group One winner Tristalove. This is the family of Cambridge Stud’s matriarch mare Eight Carat.
“I saw him on Wednesday and really liked him so he was on the radar for today and we managed to pick him off,” Moody said.
“Obviously the family is a major selling point and he’s by a stallion that has been delivering for a number of years.
“I probably paid overs for him but that’s what you do to get these good colts. We’ll take him home now and I’m pretty sure we will have plenty interested in being part of a syndicate with him.”
Moody bought six horses on Monday for a total of $890,000 including two purchases with Dalziel Racing, already surpassing his spend over both days of last year’s Premier Sale.
Cambridge Stud also sold a granddaughter of Tristalove, in lot 36, a bay fill by Cape Blanco out of the Danehill mare Love Diamonds, who is out of Tristalove.
New Zealand trainer Debbie Rogerson stood firm as she fought off bids from around the sales ring, signaling winning bid of $450,000.
“You buy the ones you really want and this was one we really wanted,” she said.
“She is such a beautiful walking filly and you can see the quality on the page so there is a lot of residual value there no matter what she achieves on the track.
“We have already sold 80% of her so the remaining shares won’t take long to fill.”
Included in those offering to take a share in the filly are several members of the syndicate who race Listed Wellesley Stakes winner Maritimo, who started favourite in Sunday’s Karaka Million at Ellerslie.
On track to becoming the leading buyer at Karaka for the 10th consecutive year is Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis, ending the first day with 13 yearlings purchased for $1,970,000. Ellis paid a top price of $400,000 for two of four horses knocked down at that level today.
Ellis bought Lot 58 for $400,000 from Lyndhurst Farm, a colt by Snitzel out of a stakes performed US-bred mare Mini Tales (Tale of the Cat). He went to $400,000 again to secure Lot 85 from Curraghmore Stud, a half-brother to Group 1 Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour (Honours List) by Fastnet Rock.
Ellis was also the underbidder on the historic Zabeel colt at Lot 102.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club was active once again with two purchases for $560,000 so far, the leading spend from Hong Kong.
Last year’s leading vendor by aggregate, Waikato Stud, is on track to defend its title with 20 horses sold for $3,625,000. The leading vendor by average with three or more sold was Hallmark Stud – responsible for selling last night’s Karaka Million winner Hardline – selling three horses today for an average of $213,333.
The leading sire by average with three or more sold was Fastnet Rock, who has been the leading sire at Karaka for the past four years. The sire has seen his five yearlings sold for $1,350,000 at an average of $270,000, with a top price of $400,000. The second leading sire by average was New Zealand’s leading sire Savabeel with 23 yearlings sold for $4,290,000.
Cambridge Stud was to the fore again with its first season sire Cape Blanco leading the freshman sire’s list by average with eight horses sold for $1,180,000.
NZ Thoroughbred Marketing / NZ Bloodstock