buys pay dividends at Ready to Run Sale

Last week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale saw an abundance of great results for vendors, breeders, and pinhookers alike and this was no different for connections offering graduates.

Of the 257 two-year-olds that went through Karaka’s auction ring, 17 were also graduates of having been either offered while in utero, at foot or as weanlings or yearlings.

LotSireDamSexCategoryGH Price22RTR Sale Price
30Turn Me LooseBlumarjuGYearling$18,500$250,000
66Reliable ManDaleelaCIn utero$12,000$120,000
87Darci BrahmaFelicitatisGWeanling$11,000$10,000
114VadamosHigh TranquilityFFoal At Foot$30,500$140,000
123Mongolian KhanInvermorayGYearling$1,600$27,500
168EmbellishMeritaggioCIn utero$5,251$150,000
174Per IncantoMiss BondiCIn utero$3,200$320,000
196Ocean ParkOn BroadwayFIn utero$9,000$50,000
201ProisirOur ShowgirlGYearling$1,600$60,000
213EminentPinot GrisCYearling$4,200Passed 60k Res
214TivaciPins On IceGIn utero$8,000$130,000
216Sacred FallsPinzaaraCIn utero$3,300$65,000
218Charm SpiritPotionsGIn utero$12,500$230,000
229ZacintoQueen of NavarreGYearlingPassed 3K Res$57,500
283Sacred FallsSo You SparkleCIn utero$1,200Passed 90k Res
315Saxon WarriorVerdantCYearling$17,000$130,000

The lofty returns available were best exemplified by the Turn Me Loose gelding out of Bluemarju. Bred by Bella Vinci Ltd, he was purchased online in September last year for $18,500, before being bought for $42,500 in March at the Book 2 yearling sale. Having been broken-in and educated at Riversley Park, he breezed-up in a slick time of 10.16s. The end result was a $250,000 sale to the bid of Hong Kong-based Jimmy Ting.

There were also outstanding results for the progeny of a number of broodmares that were bought while in foal. In May 2020, the O’Reilly mare Miss Bondi, in foal to Per Incanto at the time, was purchased for $3,200 by Waikato veterinarian Jack O’Brien. Fast forward two years, the said foal sold for $320,000 (100-times more than the initial outlay) to the bid of Victorian-based trainer Liam Howley, again via Riversley Park.

A similar brilliant result occurred with Lot 168. Coincidentally in the same May 2020 catalogue as Miss Bondi, the Road to Rock mare Meritaggio was offered in foal to the latest addition to Cambridge Stud’s stallion roster at the time, Embellish. Bought for $5,251 by Sonia Waddell the subsequent colt breezed up in a brisk 10.38s for vendor KB Bloodstock to sell for $150,000 to Dan Meagher Racing (Singapore), becoming the second highest priced lot by the sire to date.

Earlier this week, New Zealand Bloodstock unveiled their catalogues for the 2023 Yearling Sale Series, featuring a further 50 graduates of which 38 Lots were sold while in utero, purchased for a median price of $10,750.

Be sure to check out the 14 lots currently for sale in’s latest fortnightly offering. Bidding closes Monday 28th November from 7pm (NZT).


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