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Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale

The 2017 edition of the National Yearling Sales Series: South Island Sale drew to a close at the RDA Building in Christchurch today after an action-packed day of inspections and bidding.

A total of sixty-one horses sold for receipts totalling $1,070,000 to a strong domestic and international buying bench.

Internationally renowned bloodstock agent John Foote led the buying, purchasing a total of four yearlings for $116,500, including Lot 1 a colt by Jakkalberry out of Ultra Explosive purchased in partnership with Darren Weir.

Foote has had good success with South Island Sale graduates including Listed Tasmanian Oaks winner Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Unfurl (NZ) (Raise the Flag). He commented that "my regular attendance at the sale is because of the improved quality on offer and my recent success with purchases from past sales".

The highlight of the day came at Lot 100, a Rock 'n' Pop yearling filly out of The Glitter, knocked down to the bid of Beltana Stud principal Richard Rutherford.

"I really liked the pedigree of this filly which I specifically purchased her for," said Rutherford.

"Ravelston don't sell too many from this iconic 'The' family so it was a rare opportunity to secure a quality bloodline. She will be nominated for the Karaka Million Series and ultimately will join our broodmare band".

Rutherford was determined to acquire her and outlaid $87,000 to do so, the highest price paid at the Sale since 2012.