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Fillies Feature in Top Picks of Day Three
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 Photo: Day Three's top-priced yearling - Lot 371.

Pedigree pages of blueblood fillies were to the fore at Day Three of Karaka 2018 pushing sales to $63.63 million and lifting the clearance rate to 79%.

Te Akau's David Ellis showed his strength yet again when he boldly opened with an $800,000 bid and quickly secured the highest-priced lot of Day Three, Lot 371 by Not a Single Doubt, for $900,000.

The filly who descends from the great “Belle” family is a half-sister to Karaka Million winner and Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands).

“I have been watching this family for the last 40 years,” Ellis said. “It’s an unbelievable filly family and I thought the cross with Not a Single Doubt was top-class.”

Ellis leads the buying bench with 24 yearlings purchased for $7.24 million, including the $750,000 Exceed and Excel colt offered on account of Pencarrow Stud today at Lot 455.

Local bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne added two royally-bred fillies to his purchases cementing his position as the second leading buyer.

The Savabeel filly consigned by Waikato Stud at Lot 487 was knocked down to his final bid of $875,000. She is out of Posy (NZ) (No Excuse Needed) who is a sister to three-time Group 1 winner Daffodil (NZ) (No Excuse Needed).

“We have bought into a family that has so much going for it,” Hawthorne commented. “I wanted one good Savabeel filly and she’s the one.”

Hawthorne was also happy to secure Lot 503, the first foal out of stakes-winning mare Pussy O’Reilly (NZ) (O’Reilly), for $700,000.

“We targeted four Tavistock fillies and we got two of the ones we wanted,” he said. “Pussy O’Reilly was a good, tough race mare and she has produced a very good first foal here.”

Hawthorne has secured six yearlings for $2.63 million, in addition to the Iffraaj colt (Lot 64) who he bought with Lindsay Park Racing.

Rounding out the top three buyers on the leader board was renowned Kiwi bloodstock agent Bruce Perry. At the end of Day Three he has purchased 10 yearlings for $2.09 million, including a Tavistock filly (Lot 10) on Day One that fetched $420,000.

Waikato Stud, who consigned the second highest lot today (Lot 487), have been well-represented by their Champion Sire Savabeel and are the current leading vendor by aggregate having sold 58 yearlings for $10.5 million.

Cambridge Stud have featured prominently throughout the three days of selling and provided the highest-priced yearling of the Sale yesterday for $1,025,000 (Lot 301). With 37 yearlings sold, their receipts have totalled $7.26 million.

Headlines were made today by Haunui Farm when they presented the younger sister to Melody Belle who finished as today’s top priced yearling moving them up the ladder having now sold 19 yearlings for $4.56 million.

With a strong boutique draft Highden Park sit at the top of the vendor average table (three or more sold) having sold five yearlings at an average of $254,000. Curraghmore follow closely with the sale of 15 yearlings at an average of $245,667, while Haunui Farm have settled today at an average of $240,263.

Australian sires have been highlighted with Snitzel leading the sires table by average (three or more sold) at $402,000. Tracking in behind is More Than Ready ($350,000), followed closely by I Am Invincible at $343,333.

Kiwi sires have remained a force to be reckoned with - Savabeel leads the sires table by aggregate with receipts totalling $12.98 million, while Tavistock sits on an aggregate of $7.81 million. Australian sire Fastnet Rock is third on the table with his yearlings selling for a total of $4.02 million.

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The fourth and final day of Book 1 will continue tomorrow with Lot 541 to Lot 700 selling from 11am.

New Zealand Bloodstock will be making a special presentation to Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan in recognition of their significant achievements at Karaka. The public presentation will take place at Karaka in the auditorium from 10.30am tomorrow.

2018 Book 1 Yearling Sale Statistics – Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3

AGGREGATE $63,635,000
AVERAGE $159,486
MEDIAN $120,000
SOLD 399
TOP LOT $1,025,000 (B. C) Savabeel - Katie Lee, Lot 301

Top Lots

301 B.C Savabeel / Katie Lee Cambridge Stud Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $1,025,000
156 BR.C Fastnet Rock / Diademe Curraghmore Mark Pilkington Management / Lindsay Park Racing (Victoria) $1,000,000
290 B.F Savabeel / Joy's Choice Cambridge Stud Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $900,000
371 B.F Not a Single Doubt / Meleka Belle Haunui Farm Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $900,000
487 BB.F Savabeel / Posy Waikato Stud Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock (Victoria) $875,000
159 B.F Tavistock / Diamond Like Cambridge Stud Moody Racing (Victoria) $750,000
455 B.C Exceed and Excel / Our Ella Belle Pencarrow Stud Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $750,000
172 B.F Fastnet Rock / Dragon's Tail Hallmark Stud BBA Ireland (Ireland) $725,000
503 BB.F Tavistock / Pussy O'Reilly Cambridge Stud Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock (Victoria) $700,000
215 B.C Snitzel / Floria Haunui Farm Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau) $625,000

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