2010 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, 3 – 5 May.

Overall, it was a very strong sale compared to last year and figures were well up on 2009. Well bred weanlings by commercial stallions were in demand but the lower end of the market, like last year, struggled to find buyers.

Wednesday, the final day, which was made up mostly of broodmares saw the average up 129% on last year and the median was up a strong 25% on last year’s figures. The final average for the broodmares was up 126% from NZ$5,456 in 2009 to NZ$12,318. This year’s average is the highest since 2006. The median rose to NZ$3,000, from $2,400 last year.

The top priced broodmare of the sale was Starrystarrynight(IRE) (lot 613) sold by

Trelawney Stud to Gillovic Bloodstock for $180,000. This ’01 bay mare by Sadler’s Wells out of the Shirley Heights mare Upper Circle is a very attractive, quality mare who is well related. A winner herself at 2,100m and 2,400m, she is a full-sister to STARBOURNE; a black-type winner who placed 3rd in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, G1. Starrystarrynight is the dam of one live foal, the unraced ’07 filly Little Geisha (Danehill Dancer). Trelawney sold this attractive filly (pictured) at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for AUS$220,000. Starrystarrynight sold in foal to the promising young sire Darci Brahma.

The top priced 2yr old in the sale was lot 844, an unnamed Encosta de Lago colt out of the Bluebird mare Lake Alexandrina, sold for NZ$240,000. This colt, who was a trial winner in February, was bought by Tim Carter’s Karapiro Bloodstock from the consignment of Wellfield Lodge. The colt, the only Encosta de Lago 2yr old in the sale, will go to Michael Chang’s stables in Hong Kong.

Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud was leading vendor for the fifth year running. He was also responsible for selling the two highest priced weanlings of the sale: lot 300, the NZ$220,000 Encosta de Lago colt and lot 125, the NZ$200,000 Zabeel filly. Both these weanlings were the only representatives for their respective sires Encosta de Lago and Zabeel, in the weanling section of the sale.

336 of the 468 weanling lots sold for NZ$3,826,450. This figure is up 59% on 2009 figures. The final session average of NZ$11,388 was up from NZ$9,018 in 2009. The median was also up – NZ$4,000, up from NZ$3,250 in 2009. The clearance rate of weanlings was a relatively healthy 80%.

Other sires performing well with weanlings in the sale was Pentire; who was represented by 2 weanlings in the top 10 (NZ$130,000 and NZ$90,000 – lots 205 and 254); Pins also sold a NZ$130,000 weanling (lot 356); Thorn Park’s lot 382 sold for NZ$90,000; Perfectly Ready’s lot 446 sold for NZ$62,500; while both Darci Brahma and Tale of the Cat each sold NZ$60,000 weanlings – lots 187 and 383 respectively. Overall, Pentire performed very well with his 5 lots sold averaging NZ$69,700.

A final analysis of the 3 day sale saw a total of 653 of the 908 catalogued lots change hands for NZ$7,454,900, up a whooping 85% from NZ$4,034,950 for 585 sold in 2009 – at an average of NZ$11,416, a median of NZ$2,750, and a clearance rate of 82%.