Record NZ price for Snitzel colt

Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis was busy on Day 2 of the new-format Karaka Book 1 Sale, securing nine lots including the top-priced Snitzel yearling sold in New Zealand.

Presented by Haunui Farm, the colt out of Floria was knocked down for $NZ625,000, a figure exceeded by five Snitzel yearlings at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and $NZ100,000 above the previous record for a Karaka-sold Snitzel, set in 2017.

Floria (by Savabeel) is a multiple Group winner from the marvellous Princess Patine family nurtured over five decades by Richard Moore and his son David. Prospects for the Snitzel/Savabeel cross look bright, given the affinity of Danehill and Sir Tristram in various combinations, and the fact that Snitzel has already sired Group winners Time For War, Lubiton & Perast out of Zabeel mares.

Two Snitzel fillies, out of Irish Group 3 winner Scintillula (by Galileo) and multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (by Ekraar) were also sold, for $NZ400,000 and $NZ300,000 respectively.

Snitzel, who posted his 21st stakeswinner this season when 2YO Traces scored in South Africa on Saturday, has three lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier. They will be followed by 64 Snitzel yearlings at Inglis Easter in April including eight fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield.  

$900,000 for Not A Single Doubt filly

A new record top price for a Not A Single Doubt yearling filly was set at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Sale on Tuesday when the half-sister to Champion 2YO Melody Belle was knocked down for $NZ900,000.

It took only two bids, an opener of $800,000, then a wink at $900,000 for syndicator David Ellis of Te Akau Racing to secure the filly, who was offered by Haunui Farm on behalf of her breeder Marie Leicester. 

The third foal of minor winner Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj), the filly is an outstanding type with size, strength & quality and her extended female family is one of New Zealand’s best, descended from the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox.

David Ellis said, “I’ve been watching this filly’s family for the last 40 years. The moment I saw her at Haunui Farm I thought she was a stunning filly. She came up here to the sale and didn’t turn a hair as she took it all in her stride.”

Marie Leicester’s long experience as an owner and breeder ensured she was not carried away by other people’s pre-sale assessments of the filly’s value.

“After fifty years in this game the one thing I can say is that I’m a realist. I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up as the minute you do they come crashing down pretty quickly. I did have a figure in my mind that I would like to have achieved and this has well and truly exceeded that.

“The Belle family, which was established by my parents back in 1938, has produced so many quality gallopers so I’m keen to see this filly now carry on that tradition.”

The record of other high-priced Not A Single Doubt fillies that have raced is certainly encouraging. The $650,000 filly Pretty Fast and $450,000 filly Qafila are both Listed winners with upside in the Snowden and Hayes & Dabernig stables.

The Meleka Belle filly was the only Not A Single Doubt yearling at Karaka. Buyers can now look forward to his 16 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale (among them two Arrowfield fillies), eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier and 19 at Inglis Easter including two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 6th on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with $6.4 million prizemoney and seven stakeswinners, including Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss.

$270,000 for Dundeel colt at Karaka

The first of seven Dundeel yearlings at New Zealand’s Karaka Sale went through the ring during the opening session on Sunday evening and attracted lively bidding before being knocked down for $NZ270,000 to Singapore owner Jeremy Soh. 

The strongly made, easy-walking colt is out of Cassata (by Viking Ruler), a half-sister to Group winners Viennetta, Butterscotch and Golden Archer, from the family of Group 1 winners Headturner and O’Marilyn.

He is from the first draft presented under the Koru Thoroughbreds banner of breeders Julie & Kevin Taylor, their son Matthew and his partner Melissa Speers, and is the top-priced yearling sold by the Taylors in New Zealand.

Dundeel posted his first winner, Cutadeel at Tauranga, NZ on 19 January, and his daughter Sunreel was second at Scone two days later.

The champion son of High Chaparral averaged around seven times his fee in Book 1 of the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and achieved a top price of $280,000 for the colt out of Opportunity. He was bought from the Arrowfield draft by Duncan Ramage & Chris Anderson Racing.

The next chance to buy Dundeel’s progeny in Australia will be at the Inglis Classic Sale where he has 13 yearlings on offer, among them three fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Smart Missile 2YOs in demand at Karaka

Such was the demand for Smart Missile’s progeny at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale that he shaded his illustrious barn-mate Snitzel on the sire averages.

Three 2YOs by Smart Missile averaged $NZ266,667 – almost $NZ40,000 more than Snitzel’s four lots – and two of them sold for $NZ350,000.

Lot 80, out of city winner Cyclone Stacey (by Encosta de Lago), attracted brisk bidding before being knocked down to agent George Moore, buying for the champion Hong Kong stable of his father John.  The gelding, an outstanding type from the highly successful Princess Tracy family, breezed up in 10.78 and was offered by Mark & Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm.

Moore said, “Dad has a quality Smart Missile in the stable named Rocketeer who we think could be a Hong Kong Derby candidate so when this horse breezed up so well he was definitely on our radar.”

Mark Treweek credited the sale to the gelding’s progress through the year and his sire’s recent success. “The Smart Missiles have been performing well of late, especially in Hong Kong which is where he’s going.”

Rocketeer is one of four winners from Smart Missile’s first seven runners in Hong Kong. 

On the second day of the Sale, Diamond Lodge offered Lot 305, the Smart Missile colt from Queen of Troy (by Storm Cat), with a breeze-up time of 11.18. He was one of four purchases by Tauranga couple Lou & Val Te Keeti and Matamata trainer Graham Richardson, so will remain in New Zealand.

Richardson said, “He really is a super type and just fits the bill in so many ways.

“He’s a lovely mover with a great attitude. Once the bidding got going I knew we were in for a fight, but Lou was determined we’d be taking him home.”

The two Smart  was among the ten top-priced lots of the two-day auction which set fresh Australasian 2YO sale records across the board, completing transactions worth more than $NZ31 million at an average price of $NZ107,638.

The third Smart Missile entry was Lot 400, a gelding out of the Zeditave mare Tiffinco who breezed up in 10.80, was bought for $NZ100,000 by leading Singapore trainer Stephen Gray from the Kilgravin Lodge consignment. 

Other notable sales for Arrowfield stallions were the $NZ300,000 Snitzel-Passiflora colt, bought by Busuttin Racing, the $NZ200,000 Not A Single Doubt-Je T’Aime colt, purchased by Victoria Peak Bloodstock and the $NZ100,000 Animal Kingdom-Only Roses colt sold to Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker.

John Street’s Lincoln Farms Bloodstock paid $NZ200,000 for the stylish Dundeel-Causeway Queen colt, presented by JK Farm for Nearco Stud.

The colt will be trained by Lisa Latta who already has an eye on his 3YO career. “He’s a really nice horse, a good walker and a lot like his Dad. He’ll go to the paddock now for a month and hopefully he’ll trial in the Autumn.”   

Smart Missile, currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney, has 22 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. They include two colts, one of them a half-brother to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, and three fillies in the Arrowfield draft. 

Ready To Run profits flow for Arrowfield buyers

In a buoyant, but highly selective market at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs, Arrowfield graduates & stallions gave vendors a real edge.

Among the top-priced lots was the Starcraft-Vortex colt, originally secured for $130,000 from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft last January. The buyer was Leanach Lodge which accepted Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu’s bid of $NZ360,000 for the colt during Wednesday’s session.

Lot 67 was Kilmore Farm’s Snitzel-Aussie Christmas colt,purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $NZ340,000, a healthy profit on the $150,000 paid for him at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where he was part of the Arrowfield draft.

The Animal Kingdom-Bella Cantata colt, a $25,000 buy from Arrowfield at the Magic Millions National Sale, was re-offered by Woburn Farm and knocked down for $NZ160,000 to Hong Kong buyer Michael Chang.

Broodmare purchases from Arrowfield have produced positive outcomes too. The $220,000 Starcraft-Zeparty colt & $200,000 Smart Missile-North Sea colt returned around six times the combined price paid for their dams from the Stud’s 2014 Magic Millions National Sale consignment.

The Sale results illustrated the premium that buyers are prepared to pay for 2YOs by commercially attractive sires. Fourteen Ready To Run lots by five current Arrowfield stallions – Animal Kingdom, Manhattan Rain, Not A Single Doubt, Smart Missile & Snitzel – sold for an average price of $158,546. That’s more than $60,000 above the overall Sale average.

The first opportunity to buy from the new crop of Arrowfield yearlings comes at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in January when the Stud will present 22 fillies & 36 colts, including two colts from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel.

Snitzel heads NZ Premier Sale sire averages

Once upon a time, it was unthinkable that Australian-based stallions would dominate the list of leading sires at New Zealand’s flagship yearling sale.

Yet that has been one of the key trends at the New Zealand Premier Sale over the past five years, especially as Zabeel’s stellar career wound down.  The supersire’s last appearance on top of the stallion averages was in 2011 when he headed off Red Ransom.

A year later Zabeel was the only New Zealand-based sire in the top ten, and Fastnet Rock claimed the No. 1 spot. He held it for the next three years ahead of seven other Australian-based stallions in 2013, and four in 2014 & 2015.

But when this year’s Premier Sale concluded on Tuesday evening there was a new name at the head of the sire averages: Snitzel.

He had four lots sell for an average price of $NZ280,000, ahead of Fastnet Rock, New Zealand’s champion sire Savabeel and the sale’s leading first season sire All Too Hard. As in 2014 & 2015, five of the top ten sires are based in Australia.

Snitzel’s top-priced lot was the $NZ500,000 colt from Malibu Road (by Malibu Moon), a US-bred mare descended from Best In Show, also the ancestress of Snitzel’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Offered by Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud, he was bought by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis and is Snitzel’s all-time top-priced yearling sold in New Zealand.

The other three yearlings by Snitzel also sold for healthy multiples of the $45,000 fee on which this crop of yearlings was conceived. China Horse Club signed for Pencarrow Stud’s Dance My Dance colt at $180,000, and David Ellis added Hallmark Stud’s $200,000 colt from My My Maree to his purchases.

Sydney agent James Harron, who bought two Snitzel colts for $1.525 million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale earlier this month, paid $240,000 for Highview’s colt out of My Amazing Dream. This is the family of European champion filly Midway Lady and her Oaks-winning daughter Eswarah.

Snitzel, the sire of six Group 1 winners, continues to supply excellent reasons for his commercial popularity, notching up his 33rd stakeswinner, Sun Jewellery, in Hong Kong on Sunday evening.

Snitzel averaged almost $225,000 for 126 yearlings across all Australasian sales in 2015, but with two major sales completed this year, he has already broken through the $300,000 mark for 55 lots sold on the Gold Coast and at Karaka.

The next opportunities to buy his yearlings will be offered by Inglis over the next three months, at their Classic, Melbourne Premier & Easter Sales, including five lots consigned by Arrowfield.

Smart Missile tops Ready to Run Sale

Arrowfield’s first season sire Smart Missile headed the stallion averages at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale which concluded at Karaka on Thursday.

All four of the Smart Missile 2YOs offered were sold, with a top price of $275,000 paid by Dennis Yip for Lyndhurst Farm’s colt from Dashie Diva (by Dash For Cash). That’s $75,000 more than Mark & Shelley Treweek paid for him at February’s Inglis Classic Sale, where he was offered by Andrew & George Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds. 

The colts out of Venetian Lady & Zabelka both fetched $260,000, bought respectively by Hong Kong trainers Manfred Man and Ricky Yiu.

The Hula Here gelding, sold for $200,000 by Anzac Lodge to New Zealand Bloodstock as agent for a Malaysian client, completed the quartet which averaged $248,750 – 2.7 times the record average achieved by the Sale.

The strong demand for Smart Missile’s first crop 2YOs follows his first stakeswinner, the unbeaten filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart, successful for Te Akau Racing in last Saturday’s CJC Welcome S. LR at Riccarton in Christchurch.

Smart Missile has also had two impressive trial winners in Australia, Triple Crown Syndications’ colt Jericho (ex Advance to Go by Red Ransom) in Sydney, and the Prime Thoroughbreds’ filly Strike for Victory (ex Reve De Victoire by Anabaa) in Tasmania.

Smart Missile has 32 yearlings catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, ten of them to be offered by Arrowfield.

Profitable pinhooks by Arrowfield sires

Arrowfield-sired 2YOs attracted three of the five highest bids on the first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale at Karaka on Wednesday. All three colts were bought by Hong Kong trainers.

First up was the Not A Single Doubt-Plain Crazy colt, knocked down to David Ferraris for $270,000 – a great return on the $60,000 paid for him at February’s Inglis Classic Sale by the Van Dyk family’s Prima Park.

The result pays a further compliment to Ambergate Farm which sold Not A Single Doubt’s latest stakeswinner, Jackson, from the same draft.

Manfred Man signed for Riversley Park’s colt by Smart Missile from Venetian Lady (by Woodman) at $260,000. That’s more than eight times the price Sam Beatson paid for him at the Inglis Classic Sale, where he was presented by Broadwater Thoroughbreds.

$260,000 was also paid for Prima Park’s Smart Missile-Zabelka (by Zabeel) colt, purchased by Ricky Yiu. The strongly made colt was originally bought for $90,000 from the Arrowfield consignment at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Today’s session set an Australasian record for a 2YO auction with an average price of $91,036. The Sale concludes on Thursday.