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The catalogue for the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale was released in December, with the “Sale of the Stars” as it is dubbed, to be held at Karaka, in Auckland, on the 12th February 2018.

Once again, it is a strong catalogue this year and already very positive comments have been voiced, with many saying it is the strongest catalogue they have seen for the sale.

In the Sales Ring at Karaka

There is also a Parade Day at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday the 11th February, commencing at 2:30pm. The Sale itself begins at 10:30am the following day and is followed immediately by the NZ Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch, on the 13th and 14th February.

Last year’s Australasian Classic Sale had turnover of $4,129,000, which was well down on the previous year’s record $5.6 million and the average of $37,880 was correspondingly down from $44,000, following a massive 60% increase over the previous four years. Seven lots sold over $100,000, a top lot at $220,000 and a clearance rate of 77% were notable highlights. Another highlight of last year’s sale was the strong contingent of Australian buyers led by Jean Feiss and Emilio and Mary Rosati, who purchased 6 of the top 10 lots and overall 30% of the sales, compared to approximately 17% in previous years.

Breckon Farms was the second-largest vendor/preparer at the last sale, offering 34 lots for sale of their own and for respective clients; the same number as the previous year when they were the largest vendor/preparer. With an aggregate for the 2017 Sale of $1,342,000, together with an average price of $51,615 for the 26 lots sold and with a further 4 lots sold after the sale, it was once again a very successful sale for Breckon Farms.

Of Breckon Farms owned lots offered a total of 16 yearlings went under the hammer, comprising a draft of 10 colts and 6 fillies. 10 lots sold under the hammer, selling well and generally meeting expectations, making an average of $67,100 overall, an amazing increase of 32.75% on the previous year, that was in turn a huge 84.5% increase on 2015. In 2017 the colts averaged a massive $77,429 and the fillies an excellent $43,000. The top lot sold was a Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade colt that sold for $187,500 to Emilio and Mary Rosati from Australia, making him the second-top-priced yearling overall and for good measure a Muscle Hill / Love Ya Doosie colt sold for $125,000 and was the top-priced trotting yearling of the sale, being sold to Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd, also of Australia. A Bettor’s Delight / Maid In Splendour filly was sold for $92,000 to Jean Feiss of Australia, making her the second-highest-priced filly in the sale.

As this year’s yearlings progress through their sale preparation, there is much anticipation and optimism, as the draft this year is once again considered Breckon Farms strongest ever and this has been reinforced by feedback already received on the very high quality and standard of horses they are to present.

The Breckon Farms draft for the 2018 Australasian Classic Sale will be expertly prepared by Scott Yarndley and his team at the Te Awamutu farm and will this year be the largest consignment in the sale and certainly has some class acts amongst it, with many yearlings from some of New Zealand’s best families and closely related to current top performing racehorses.

Among those on offer are first foals from classic racemares, half-brothers and sisters to top performers, yearlings from top performers, yearlings with champions in their immediate pedigree, and all by leading sires in this part of the world and globally.

There has already been strong interest in several lots to be offered, including three impeccably bred trotting yearlings by the hugely successful international sire Muscle Hill (1.50.2, $3,273,342). Lot 123 is a filly out of Factor The Odds, who is a half-sister to 2-time Group 3 winner and multiple Group 1 placed, NZ Record holder PRINCE FEARLESS, Lot 127 is a colt out of the Sundon mare Fear Factor who was a 2-time Group 2 winner and 2yo Filly of the Year, and Lot 160 is a striking colt out of the race winning Love You mare Love Ya Doosie who is a half-sister to champion trotter I CAN DOOSIT (1.55.5, $1,445,774).

Karaka Sales Complex

Others in the draft to already attract attention are Lot 22, a colt by leading USA sire American Ideal (1.47.8, $786,055) out of the Artsplace mare Taylor Kate, who is a half-sister to champion filly LAURAELLA (1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946), Lot 55, a filly by the amazing racehorse and now leading USA pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8, $3,221,299) out of the Group 1 placed Affairs Of State, who is a half-sister to the Group placed (MY) CHACHINGCHACHING (1.51.6, 15 wins, $175,474) and Smart Fortune, the winner of the first 2yo Young Guns Heat, Lot 72, a colt by top sire Art Major (1.48.8, $2,727,224) and the first foal from BIG LUCY (1.55.7, 8 wins, $48,980) with a pedigree stacked in Black Type, Lot 81, a colt also by Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8, $3,221,299), out of the Artsplace mare Braeside Lady, who is the dam of 4-time Group 1 winning and 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year O BABY (1.54.8, 9 wins, $391,273) and is already the dam of the Somebeachsomewhere 3yo BEACHBABEBEAUTY, the winner of 3-from-5-starts, Lot 110, another outstanding filly by Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.8, $3,221,299), out of the Group 1 winning mare DANCINGONMOONLIGHT (1.53.2, 19 wins, $402,832) and a half-sister to Group 1 winner MISS MOONLITE (1.54.7, 13 wins, $213,165) and Group 3 & Listed race winner and Group 1 placed MOONROCK (1.54.6, 11 wins, $170,962), Lot 156, a colt by American Ideal (1.47.8, $786,055) out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Hothooves, who is very closely related to 6-time Group 1 winning and 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year, 4yo Pacing Mare of the Year, Older Pacing Mare of the Year THE ORANGE AGENT (1.51.1, 23 wins, $746,423), etc.

The Australasian Classic Sale has a Parade Day on the 11th February, so everyone will be welcome to inspect the draft then, or on Sale Day the following day, at the world class venue at Karaka, in Auckland.

Of course, prior to this, you are most welcome to contact the Breckon Farms, Farm Manager, Scott Yarndley (027-583-1005) to arrange a time to personally inspect the draft. We know you will be impressed.

You can also view the 2018 Breckon Farms draft details on this website, under the “Sales” menu, then under “2018 Yearling Draft Details”, where you will also be able to view photos and videos of each yearling to be presented for sale.

As always Breckon Farms look forward to seeing you at the farm for a personal inspection of their yearlings, or of course on Parade and Sale Days at Karaka, in February.

Rob Carr

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