Another changing of the guard marked the close of the Premier session on Tuesday at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale series.
Waikato Stud principals Mark and Lisa Chittick ruled Karaka when their draft exceeded expectations for the husband and wife duo to become the leading vendors by aggregate.
The 31-year reign of Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud was broken by Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud last year and now the mantle has passed to the Chittick’s Matamata operation.
Waikato Stud sold 46 yearlings for a total of $7,655,000 at an average of $166,413 to top the aggregate list.
“It’s been a busy year and the last two days have been fantastic,” Mark Chittick said. “I’m so proud of all my team and everybody involved.
“They’ve all done a wonderful job, in particular my yearling manager Kery who has prepared these horses immaculately. We left no stone unturned and it’s gone like clockwork – obviously I couldn’t be happier and I’m very proud.”
WS’s leading light was the colt by resident stallion Savabeel out of Splashing Out, who was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $500,000 – the Matamata nursery’s highest ever priced yearling.
“He has been a star all the way through and there was serious competition on him,” Chittick said.
“After that there was the Zamfir filly, who was an outstanding type and she’s gone to a great young trainer.”
He was referring to the daughter of O’Reilly who went to the final $475,000 bid of Sydneysider Bruce Heys.
Ellis purchased 35 yearlings for $6,420,000 to finish the Premier Sale as the leading buyer for the ninth year while Fastnet Rock has retained his leading sire crown, finishing the sale with the four highest priced yearlings and a sale average of $352,188 across his 16 lots sold.
The leading local sire was Zabeel with 19 lots sold at an average of $190,789 and a top price (twice) of $320,000.
The freshman sire title was keenly contested with Rip Van Winkle winning out with an average price of $132,500 from 28 lots sold. – NZ Racing Desk.