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Spotlight on NZ Sires During Book 2 Opening
On the opening day of Book 2 at this year’s NZB National Yearling Sale Series, Australian Bloodstock agent John Foote continued his spending spree off the back of a strong Book 1 Sale. Foote took out the leading buyer title on Day One purchasing today’s highlight, Lot 726 a $160,000 Per Incanto colt out of Makkura from the draft of Little Avondale Stud (see below article). New Zealand-based sires have provided all three of the top Lots on Day One, with Australians present in the buying bench. Guy Mulcaster secured the second-top Lot of the day, Lot 775 a $130,000 Contributer (ex Parvati) colt out of the Landsowne Park draft. The third top Lot (793) was again purchased by John Foote, a $115,000 Darci Brahma colt out of Polynesia from the Highview draft. Highview claimed the leading vendor title on Day One of Book 2, after selling 11 horses for a total of $477,000. The second leading vendor was Haunui Farm, selling nine horses for $398,000 in receipts. The Karaka-based stud had a strong Sale during Book 1, claiming the third-leading vendor title by average. The turnover reached $3,113,500, representing an average of $34,594 for 90 horses sold. The median closed at $27,500, with the clearance rate settling at 71%. The second day of Book 2 will commence this morning at 11am NZ time, with Lot 821 to 1040 going under the hammer. All horses purchased at Karaka this week are eligible for the lucrative Karaka Million Series with two $1 million races available for graduates as two and three-year-olds. Nominations must be received by 5pm Tuesday 3 March 2020.