South Island sale presents many opportunities

The final New Zealand yearling sale for 2016, the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale has a new venue in Christchurch.

The sale, which will be held on Friday 15 April from, 11 a.m., is now at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch.

A total of 16 vendors will present a catalogue of 95 entries featuring 90 yearlings, four broodmares and a two-year-old.

Last year's leading vendor Berkley Stud presenting 20 yearlings and the well renowned White Robe Lodge Stud presenting 16.

A total of 43 stallions are represented including the first season sires Burgundy, He's Remarkable, Niagara, Ocean Park, Power, Reliable Man and Super Easy. Resident South Island stallions Highly Recommended and Raise The Flag are also well represented, along with leading sires, Tavistock, Pentire, Iffraaj, Jimmy Choux, O'Reilly, Showcasing and Mastercraftsman.

This sale presents the final opportunity this season to purchase yearlings eligible for entry into the lucrative Karaka Million Series and the very popular NZB Insurance Pearl Series.

The Karaka Million Series now features two $1 million races with the $1million Karaka Million for two-year-olds in 2017, and the $1million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2018, along with the $100,000 Karaka Stayers' Cup for the duration of their careers.

This series is open to all yearlings, whereas the Pearl Series is only available for fillies and mares.

The NZB Insurance Pearl Series features $2.6 million worth of bonuses available for each new group of yearlings as they race in their two, three and four-year-old years.

Each intake of yearlings is eligible to run in 15 open two-year-old races with an $8,000 bonus, 20 Saturday races with a $20,000 bonus on top of the stake, and 180 mid-week races with bonuses of $11,500 over the three years.

There are 35 yearling fillies in the South Island Sale that can be nominated for the series, and are still eligible until the end of April to pay the early bird nomination fee of only $690.

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association who administer the series have already received 437 early bird nominations for the series this year and late nominations for other yearlings not in the South Island Sale cost $920 and close on July 31 2016.

"We are mindful of the number of fillies that get offered in this sale, and keep the early bird nominations open especially for them," said NZTBA Administration Manager Nicola Griffiths.

"Only last month we had a Pearl Series winner in the South Island that had been through the 2014 sale when Alyth won a rating 65 1600 metre race at Beaumont. She was nominated and sold by Archer Corporation to Karen and John Parsons for $2000. Winning a $10,000 bonus makes that look like an astute purchase."

Nominations can be done online through the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association website: www.nzthoroughbred.co.nz or contact Nicola Griffiths on the Pearl Hotline 0508-222-202.

- Michelle Saba


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