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The Northern edition of the Yearling Inspection Days took place last week, as a preview to the upcoming Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, at Karaka, Auckland, on the 12th February.

Inspecting the Yearlings at Breckon Farms 16.01.18

North Island vendors held their open days on Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th of January, giving potential buyers the opportunity to view 127 of the 175 catalogued yearlings, or 73% of those on offer at the sale.

The tour visited yearling preparers Highfields, Bruce Carter, Woodlands Stud, Tony Dickinson, Lindsay & Pam Turner, Clare McGowan and Hollis & Robertson, as well as several at the Kumeu Track, on the Monday, before visiting Tony & Ann Parker, viewing 6 lots at the Cambridge track, Ross McKay and Breckon Farms on the Tuesday.

This tour is always a great opportunity to view the yearlings prior to the actual parade and sale days and many prominent trainers and buyers took advantage of this.

Those in attendance included Michael House, Todd Macfarlane, Brent Mangos, Tony Herlihy, Ray Green, Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis, Brent and Sue Donnelly, Andrew and Lyn Neal, Rob Lawson, Ken Barron, Grant Payne, Cran Dalgety, Brian and Gareth Hughes, Lou Driver and Robert Dunn, as well as many owners.

The tour was very capably led once again by PGG Wrightson Standardbred Division Representative Peter Lagan, who with his wealth of knowledge provided an excellent commentary for all participants.

The South Island trainers were transported by minibus and they were joined by other prospective buyers, travelling from Albany, to Kumeu, to Clevedon, to Waiau Pa, to Pukekohe, to Mangatawhiri, to Cambridge and to Te Awamutu, throughout their journey, along with many invited guests at Breckon Farms.

Very positive feedback was received from the participants, many commenting on the very high quality and standard of horses presented.

Tour leader Peter Lagan said, “There was a high standard of yearling presentation again this year, with the turnout of people similar to last year. There was a good response from the people who were looking.”

Parading the Yearlings at Breckon Farm 16.01.18

The catalogue for the Australasian Classic Sale this year is rated by most as being very strong once again, so the Parade Day on Sunday the 11th February and the Sale Day on Monday the 12th February, held at the world class NZ Bloodstock Karaka Sales Complex will be much anticipated.

The Breckon Farms draft is the largest individually prepared in the sale and this was the final stop on the tour. Some 70 guests assembled and were provided with a delicious BBQ lunch by Breckon Farms, with the parade being conducted very efficiently with very positive comments once again made by those present.

All the trainers and buyers present made the most of the opportunity to inspect individual lots after the parade and had a little time to review the yearlings they had seen.

Prominent Canterbury trainer Cran Dalgety, travelling on the minibus, commented on the Breckon Farms Draft, saying, “Every year the presentation gets better and better; and so it should, it’s very competitive.”

Breckon Farms wishes all vendors and purchasers the best of luck at the Sales and like everyone, will be looking forward to following the careers of those colts and fillies sold, as they start their path towards possible fame and fortune on the racetrack.

You can view the Breckon Farms draft, together with photos and videos on our website at, or visit for the complete Sales catalogue.


Rob Carr

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