Down View tops mares at NZB National Sale

NZ Bloodstock’s National Sale concluded on Wednesday with broodmares and mixed bloodstock entries wrapping up the three-day auction at Karaka.

Top price of $85,000 among the mares sold on Days 2 & 3 was shared by Royal Ambition (Royal Academy) and Down View (Gone West).

Royal Ambition topped the 130 mares catalogued on Tuesday.  Offered by Raffles Farm, she was purchased by NZ Bloodstock as agent in foal to first season sire Mastercraftsman.

Down View equalled her at the top of the leader-board when the remaining 171 mares were paraded on Wednesday.  She is the dam of Singapore star Mexican Rose and was purchased by Pukekohe based stud Jamieson Park from the Trelawney Stud draft.  She is also in foal to Mastercraftsman.

“We targeted Down View and we’re thrilled to be taking her home,” Jamieson Park’s James Chapman said.  “She is lovely mare and has done a great job at stud so hopefully we can get some good progeny from her.

A total of 205 mares were sold for $1.69 million at an average of $8,269.  The clearance rate was 79%.

Eight-time champion New Zealand sire Volksraad headed the broodmares sires table with 7 sold at an average of $23,943.

The leading individual broodmare buyer was Cambridge-based agent Michael Wallace with 12 purchased for $223,100.  His most expensive buys were the $40,000 Shinko King mare Tenko and the unraced High Chaparral mare High Tea.

Wallace also purchased 7 other lots over the course of the the three days to make him the leading individual buyer of the National Sale.  “The strong types with good pedigrees made good money,” Wallace said.  “That was particularly evident in the weanling session.

“The Bernardini – Dontstealmyroses colt I bought is a nice type.  Bernardini has been going very well in the northern hemisphere and the reports from the breakers down here is that they are very happy with them.  All going to plan, my colt will be heading to the Karaka yearling sales in 2012.”

In the final analysis, 575 of 837 lots catalogued at the National Sale found new homes for total takings of $5.76 million.  The combined average across the three days of selling was down 12% to $10,018.  The clearance rate held up extremely well, dropping one point to 81%.