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Big Premier sale for Rodmor at Karaka

The smile on Robyn Rogers' face this afternoon said it all.

Well, almost all. The mixture of elation, exhaustion and relief on her husband Russell's face was even more expressive.

They had just sold their gorgeous Anabaa filly from the Australian-bred mare Iman at the New Zealand Premier Sale for $310,000. New Zealand agent Stuart Hale was the buyer. Robyn led the filly in the sale-ring and as the bidding escalated her delight became ever more obvious.

Thirty minutes earlier Russell had responded to an inquiry about how things were going with a wry "Ask me in half-an-hour and I'll know more." He and Robyn purchased Iman in foal to Anabaa at the 2003 Magic Millions Winter Thoroughbred Sale for $A100,000. Two yearlings from Iman had previously sold for $A75,000 and $A135,000. The latter, also a filly by Anabaa, was named Ms Bowie and was Group 2-placed in Sydney at three.

Buyers of in-foal mares like this hope to recoup their investment by selling the resulting foal, but hoped-for things don't happen as frequently as we'd like in the bloodstock business! And $A100,000 is a lot of money to spend on a mare, ahead of all the other things young married couples need to purchase.

This time it worked out perfectly.

Russell and Robyn have built a good name for themselves at Rodmor Stud, the Waikato property owned by Mrs Veda Morris and the estate of her late husband Jim. In 2003 they sold 11 yearlings at Karaka for an aggregate of $822,000. That included a Langfuhr colt they had bought as a weanling for $17,000 and re-sold for $160,000.

Last year Rodmor sold 8 yearlings across the sales series on behalf of themselves and clients for a total of almost $700,000.

But this year the Rogers have already exceeded both those totals comfortably. They sold 11 of their fourteen Premier lots for $1.72 million.

They are among the many satisfied vendors at the Premier Sale which concluded this afternoon and posted record aggregate, average and median prices of $53.4 million, $137,395 and $90,000 respectively.

The two-day Select Sale begins tomorrow and the Festival Sale will be held on Sunday and Monday.

- Susan Archer