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Highview Deplenishing Sale a Success

Tuesday 18 March 2008, 4:39PM

By New Zealand Bloodstock

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Highview sale-topper, stakes-winner Senorita Dane.
Highview sale-topper, stakes-winner Senorita Dane. Credit: New Zealand Bloodstock

HAMILTON

A scorching Waikato day saw a big crowd converge at the Hamilton-based Highview Deplenishing Sale and set the scene for a successful day's selling.

From the 91 lots on offer a clearance of 79% was achieved for a gross turnover of NZ$765,400 and an average price of NZ$11,093. The median price of the day was NZ$7,000.

The top price came later in the day at Lot 78 from the broodmare selection with New South Wales-based Kieran Moore Bloodstock bidding to NZ$140,000 to secure the six-year-old Senorita Dane (Senor Pete x Snadame by Snaadee). During her racing career she won black type on three occasions including the Group 3 WRC Desert Gold Stakes. She is in foal to Waikato Stud sire, O'Reilly who currently leads the NZ general sire table and sits in third spot behind Encosta de Lago and Zabeel on the Australian equivalent.

The next highest priced lot was the sale-topper's dam, Sandame (Snaadee x Bid's Kid by Khalekan). The Group 3 AJC Fernhill Handicap winner is in foal to Fast 'n' Famous and fetched NZ$55,000 to the bid of New Zealand Bloodstock as agent.

From the selection of racing stock, Lot 51 fetched the highest price. The unraced trial-winner named Shady Prospect sold to Queensland-based Denis O'Berg for NZ$22,000. The Peintre Celebre gelding is from the Beau Genius mare Prospective Belle, a winner of two races in America.

Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud bid to NZ$20,000 to secure Lot 23, the highest price paid for any of the young-stock. The weanling colt is a son of Highview's resident sire Align, and Springtime Romance (Last Tycoon).

Brent Gillovic of Highview said of the day's outcome "We were pleased with the sale and thought the results were very good, offering good value for us and the people that purchased".

The aggregate for the day exceeded Gillovic's expectations however the most pleasing aspect for him is that the industry is moving in the right direction with increased participation in the middle and lower markets, something that has lacked in recent years.

After placing the Stud's Group 1 winning sire Align (Night Shift) on the market and fielding interest from New Zealand and Australia, Gillovic announced before selling commenced that, contrary to the original plan of the Stud ceasing to continue the stallion aspect of the operation and after much consultation with fellow studmasters, he and wife Lou have decided to retain their stallions.

With just four crops to race Align has produced two juvenile Group 1 winners in the last two years with Nightlign and Fully Fledged plus the likes of stakes-winners and Group 1 place-getters Everswindell and Out Of Align.

Align will continue to stand alongside Danroad and Kashani with an announcement of their 2008 stud fees imminent.

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate Purchaser No Aggregate Average
NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK (as agent) 12 $176,500 $14,708
KIERAN MOORE BLOODSTOCK (NSW) 1 $140,000 $140,000
MS PA DUNELL (Auckland) 4 $34,500 $8,625
DAVE BELL DAIRYING (Auckland) 2 $23,400 $11,700
BALLYBIN FARM (Christchurch) 2 $22,500 $11,250
MR DH OBERG (Queensland) 1 $22,000 $22,000
GARTSHORE BLOODSTOCK (Tauranga) 2 $20,500 $10,250
MR AL & MRS LC JONES (Cambridge) 2 $20,250 $10,125
CAMBRIDGE STUD (Cambridge) 1 $20,000 $20,000
MR KJ HICKMAN (Christchurch) 1 $20,000 $20,000
STONEY BRIDGE THOROUGHBREDS (Auckland) 1 $20,000 $20,000

Click here to view the passed in lots. To request a hard copy of the results email reception@nzb.co.nz