2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale

The Breckon Farms Sales Marquee

Another year of New Zealand Standardbred Yearling Sales has just been completed and this year the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, in Auckland was somewhat of a comedown from the records established two years back and the relatively strong sale of last year.

In 2016 there were eight lots sold over $100,000, last year seven and this year only four. Last year’s top lot was $220,000, this year $230,000, which matched that of 2016. After the 2016 average saw a huge increase to $45,037, last year saw a big drop back to $38,950 and this year the drop has continued with a substantial 13% reduction to $33,850. The clearance rate in 2016 was a very healthy 85%, with last year dropping to 72% and this year holding steady at 73%. The aggregate in 2016 was $5,530,000, in 2017 it was significantly down at $3,973,000 and this year was $4,038,000.

As one of the leading vendors/preparers Breckon Farms offered 41 lots for sale of their own and respective clients combined, for an aggregate of $1,169,000 (2016 $1,554,000, 2017 $1,342,000) and an average price of $36,531 (2016 $53,586 for 29 lots, 2017 $51,615 for 26 lots) for the 32 lots sold, so by all accounts it was still a successful sale, rating higher than the overall sale statistics. The only disturbing factor is that the clearance rate was a little disappointing at 78% (pass rate of 22%), but this too stacked up better than the sale as a whole.

There was a total of 17 Breckon Farms owned yearlings offered for sale, comprising a draft of 9 colts and 8 fillies. 15 lots sold under the hammer, selling well and generally meeting expectations, making an average of $39,900 overall, a huge 40.5% decrease on the $67,100 in 2017, that was a massive 32.75% increase on the record 2016 average for the farm, with this year the colts averaging a healthy $42,111 (2016 $42,083, 2017 $77,428) and the fillies $36,583 (2016 $60,700, 2017 $43,000). The aggregate for the Breckon Farms owned draft was $598,500 (2016 $556,000, 2017 $671,000).

The Breckon Farms owned top lot sold was Lot 160, a Muscle Hill / Love Ya Doosie colt that sold for $65,000 to Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd from Australia. Last year, Breckon Farms top lot was substantially higher at $187,500 for a Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade colt, sold to Emilio & Mary Rosati, also from Australia. This colt was a full-brother to top filly Partyon, who is also owned by Breckon Farms and raced by the Breckon Farms – The Top Ten Syndicate and it is interesting to note that another full-brother was offered this year by Woodlands Stud and sold for $130,000.

The top lot for trotting bred yearlings was achieved by the Breckon Farms bred and consigned, standout colt, Heezadoosie (Muscle Hill / Love Ya Doosie), whose dam is a Love You half-sister to champion trotter, also from Breckon Farms, in I Can Doosit, selling for $65,000 as mentioned above. This colt’s full-brother also topped the 2017 sale, selling for $125,000. For good measure this year, Breckon Farms also sold the second (Andover Hall / Yankee Doosie – $60,000) and third (Muscle Hill / Fear Factor – $50,000) top trotting yearlings in the sale.

The Breckon Farms Sales Team – Photo by Chanelle Lawson Photography

The sale day began relatively quietly, with two of the first seven lots being passed and the other five only averaging $19,400, then Lot 9 in the catalogue (Bettor’s Delight / Sossusvlei) set things alight, fetching the excellent price of $140,000, going to the bid of Neil Pilcher, from Christchurch. The sale then bobbled along with only a few lots attracting real interest until Lot 67, the Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade colt entered the ring and was knocked down to Lincoln Farms after some spirited bidding. The prices then bounced up and down until a relatively low patch during the mid-section of the sale, where at one point 11 out of 17 lots were passed. The sale then picked up again for a short period before once again just bobbling along until the sale topper entered the ring as Lot 157, a full-brother to Linda Lovegrace who is owned by Breckon Farms and was raced by the Breckon Farms – The Good Sports Syndicate, and was knocked down to Jean Feiss from Australia. Then just 5 lots later the first season sire Sweet Lou achieved a six-figure price, reaching a bid of $100,000, once again to Lincoln Farms. The sale then went through another light patch, culminating in the penultimate lot selling for $55,000 and the last lot of the day, somewhat ironically being passed in.

Breckon Farms are pleased with the results they were able to achieve in a somewhat difficult market and somewhat pleasingly, their two passed lots that certainly have some breeding behind them, seem destined to be syndicated to race.

Breckon Farms would like to take this opportunity to thank all purchasers of their yearlings and those of their clients and wish them all the best for their future racing careers. We look forward to following their progress with interest.

Rob Carr

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