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Sale prices delight private breeders

Successful breeder and sale vendor Jo Wilding with her broodmare Gone With The Wind

Successful breeder and sale vendor Jo Wilding with her broodmare Gone With The Wind
Two of New Zealand's most successful private breeders were among the vendors who received excellent prices for yearlings at today's strong opening session of the 2005 New Zealand Premier Sale.

Jo Wilding of Te Mania Thoroughbreds, North Canterbury sold her O'Reilly-Proteaceae colt for $300,000, the highest price she's received in more than three decades of breeding and selling horses. The colt is a grandson of Jo's wonderful broodmare Gone With The Wind, dam of Zonda (ARC New Zealand Derby G1) and G2 Magnolia Hall, and the grand-dam of G1 Surprize Surprize and SW Uprize. He's destined for Hong Kong where his sire O'Reilly is popular and his half-brother Palette Natural has won four races.

Richard Moore offered his Stravinsky-Solano filly under the Karaka Downs/Soliloquy Lodge banner and was quietly thrilled with the $350,000 agent Stuart Hale paid for her. The filly is from a family Richard has bred from for more than 30 years. Her well-performed relatives include G1 Soliloquy, New Zealand Filly of the Year Solveig, G1 Cross Swords, G1 Prince Of Praise and, more recently, G3 Ubiquitous and SW Lady of the Desert.

It's notable that both Jo and Richard continue to sell independently in an era when the farm names of many private breeders and smaller studs have disappeared from the sale-ring.

The average for the first day of the Premier Sale was $131,275, almost $20,000 up on the overall average for last year's Sale.

There was strong demand for athletic, correct colts and very well-bred fillies with size and scope, but less interest in petite fillies with little scope or plenty of growing still to do.

The leading buyer (by aggregate) was Angus Gold, acting for Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Australia which purchased Zabeel at the 1988 sale. He signed for four lots totalling $1,005,000, most expensive among them Trelawney Stud's Montjeu-Star colt for $375,000.

Mr Gold said "I am delighted to be back in New Zealand - where we have had great success in the past when we bought Zabeel as a yearling - and to see the advance in the industry since I was last here is very exciting."

The "advance in the industry" may be the international nature of the 2005 Premier Sale catalogue, where stallions owned in New Zealand are out-numbered by those owned in the northern hemisphere and Australia, and 21% of the dams were bred in Europe or North America.

The Premier Sale continues tomorrow and Wednesday.

- Susan Archer