Yearling Sales Done and Dusted

Yearling Sales Done and Dusted

Bruce Stewart

19th February 2022

Once again Southland lots commanded centre stage at the 2022 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale in Christchurch with the top lot prepared by Debbie and Mark Smith of Shard Farm on behalf of Noel and Dianne Cournane. The Bettor’s Delight colt out of Fight For Glory was sold to Stonewell Stud for $260,000.

“It was very exciting. Diane had put a reserve of $100,000 but within a few bids it was up to $150,000 – $160,000 and when things start to go through the $200,000 bracket it’s starts to get pretty exciting. Mark Purdon wanted it – he came and inspected him. Stonewell Stud also wanted it and they got him. We’re real happy for Diane,” Mark said.

Sale topper – Build For Glory

Beaudiene Breeding sold an Always B Miki filly out of multiple black type producer Beaudiene Babe for $180,000 whilst Chelsea Faithful at her first sale, prepared a Bettor’s Delight filly out of Tact Lizzie which sold to Mark Jones for $150,000.

Other southern yearlings to sell well were a Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Maja Babe colt (Duncraigen Farm) $120,000, a Captaintreacherous – Priscilla Shard colt (Shard Farm) $110,000, a Love You – One Over Da Skye (White Stable) $100,000 and an Always B Miki – Shezaball colt (Denario Breeding) $100,000.

Tact Teena

Always B Miki – Beaudiene Babe filly

Captaintreacherous – Priscilla Shard colt

Always B Miki – Shezaball colt

The sale success for southern breeders continues a great run for the group over the past few years.

Last Year Southern Bred Southern Reared presented the top two lots in a Bettor’s Delight – Hartofdixie colt which sold for $320,000 and a colt by the same sire out of Chicago Blues which sold for $310,000. Both were consigned by Price Bloodstock.

In 2020 SBSR produced the top yearling pacer by Bettor’s Delight out of Pemberton Shard which sold for $280,000 and the fourth highest sales lot by Bettor’s Delight out of Democrat Party which was sold for $210,000.

This year SBSR took sixty four yearlings to the sales, selling fifty by the end of day three. The yearlings made a total of $2,691,500 and earned an average price of $53,830.

“I think we missed out a bit at the mid to lower end because there was no parade prior to the sale, because of Omicron.”

Smith says there were lots of good stories across the sale including long time breeder Russell Morton selling his American Ideal colt for $48,000 late on day three of the sale.

“We were thrilled for Russell. It was the highest price he’s ever got.”

Todd and Fleur Anderson from Central Southland sold nine lots fetching $802,000 for an average of $89,111.

Dave and Dawn Kennedy had success, selling their four lots for an aggregate of $258,000 with an average of $64,500.

The top southern buyer was Otago trainer Graeme Anderson who bought six yearlings at the Christchurch sale, and another three at the Auckland sale.

From the Southland buying bench Neville Cleaver $110,000, Brendon Fahy $60,000 and Tony Stratford $60,000 paid the highest prices. Cleaver bought a Bettor’s Delight’s colt whose second dam San Rafaella also produced Franco Santino. Cleaver owned Franco Santino and won nine races with it during it’s racing years.

Shard Farm were the second leading consignors on aggregate at the Sale entering fourteen lots and selling thirteen for a total of $760,000 with an average of $58,462.

Other leading Southern Consignors (Aggregate):

  • White Stable: twelve entries – ten sold for $487,500 for an average of $48,750
  • Arden Lodge: nine entries – seven sold for $325,000 for an average of $46,429

SBSR lots to sell for $70,000 or more were:

  • Bettor’s Delight – Fight For Glory (Shard Farm) $260,000
  • Always B Miki – Beaudiene Babe (Beaudiene Breeding) $180,000
  • Bettor’s Delight – Tact Lizzie (Chelsea Faithful) $150,000
  • Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Maja Babe (Duncraigen Farm) $120,000
  • Captaintreacherous – Priscilla Shard (Shard Farm) $110,000
  • Love You – One Over Da Skye (White Stable) $100,000
  • Always B Miki – Shezaball (Denario Breeding) $100,000
  • Captaintreacherous – Tricky Woman (Arden Lodge) $85,000
  • Always B Miki – Lew’s Delight (White Stable) $72,500
  • Rocknroll Hanover – Don’t u Wantme Baby (R.D. Nevill) $70,000
  • Art Major – New Year’s Jay (White Robe Lodge) $70,000
  • Lazarus – Real Wings (Arden Lodge) $70,000
  • Andover Hall – One Over Da Stars (White Stable) $70,000