New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2013 Premier Sale at Karaka ends with an increased average and clearance rate and identical median compared with the 2012 edition.
In total, 323 of the 441 catalogued lots have sold for $51,051,500, $3,085,500 less than in 2012 with 27 fewer horses sold. That represents a final Premier Sale average of $158,054, a 2% increase on last year’s $154,677.
The median price is identical to last year’s figure of $120,000 with an improved clearance rate of 79%, compared with 74% in 2012.
The top Lot (Lot 63) on the first day of the sale was purchased by Coolmore Stud for $1.975 million, a half-brother to Group I winner Gathering and three-quarter brother to Group III winner Florentina. The colt is by champion stallion Fastnet Rock out of Peintre Celebre mare Celebria. The colt was offered by Curraghmore Stud.
The top price of Day 2 was for another highly anticipated youngster in the half-brother to last year’s Cox Plate winner Ocean Park.
Offered by Trelawney Stud at Lot 330, the colt by Pins from the Zabeel mare Sayyida was purchased by Melbourne trainer Peter Moody for $775,000.
The leading buyer of the Karaka Premier Sale has been David Ellis of Te Akau Stud with 23 yearlings purchased for $3,810,000.
And there’s no surprise that the leading sire (by aggregate and average) is Fastnet Rock. 14 of his yearlings were sold at the aggregate of $5,870,000 with an average $419,286.
By Owens Wong