Demand for the progeny of first season sires proved the order of the day as a filly by Waikato Stud resident Tivaci realised equal-top billing during the weanling section of yesterday’s Karaka May Sale.
In a one-day run that compared favourably with last year’s sale judged by the metrics of average and median, the Curraghmore-consigned filly was knocked down to Bevan Smith Bloodstock and Defining Moments Racing for NZ$95,000.
The November-born foal is a half-sister to a pair of Listed winners in Lord Turbo and Alcaldesa, while she is from the further family of New Zealand St Leger (2800m) winner Lumley Lass.
Later in the session, a colt by Aquis Farm resident stallion Divine Prophet also realised NZ$95,000 having been sold outside the ring to BOP Bloodstock.
Originally passed in for the same price, the September-born colt is the third foal out of the unplaced Pins mare Caramellos, who is herself a sister to Group 2 winner Viennetta – the dam of Group 3 winner Golden Archer – and a half-sister to former champion older sprinter in New Zealand Butterscotch.
The colt was bred and sold by Kevin and Julie Taylor of Koru Thoroughbreds, while he was conceived from the first book of Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner Divine Prophet, with the Taylors using the son of Choisir as part of a self-made policy that dictates dry mares are sent to Australia to be covered.
“We have a farm policy that for any dry mares that we have we send to Australia to get in-foal,” Julie Taylor said.
“We went and saw Divine Prophet and just loved him. We knew Proisir, a full-brother, was here in New Zealand and we really liked him. But they are two different horses.”
The vogue for first season sires continued when Te Akau principal David Ellis went to NZ$85,000 for a son of Vadamos, the third-highest price realised yesterday and one which ensured the Rich Hill Stud resident claimed top billing in the 243-lot catalogue, with his four offerings selling for an average of NZ$34,125.
Ellis, who walked away with three weanlings at an aggregate of $150,000 – second only to the five lots purchased by Hallmark Stud for an aggregate of NZ$196,000 – bought the September-born colt from the draft of Rich Hill Stud.