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$900,000 The Autumn Sun Colt Highlights Electric Karaka Book 1 Finale

$900,000 The Autumn Sun Colt Highlights Electric Karaka Book 1 Finale

The Karaka 2022 sale ring was alight with activity during the final afternoon of Book 1 selling, with a surge in buying carrying momentum through to the close of the Sale.


New Zealand Bloodstock Managing Director, Andrew Seabrook, was thrilled with the remarkable results at the conclusion of trading.

“We were buoyed by the strength of our buying bench for the duration of Book 1. It was great to have the international-based kiwis back on the grounds, which provided some tough competition for our domestic buying bench.”


“We are delighted with the turnover which finished at just above $63.1 million (up 24% on last year), but even more so by the fact that 2022 Book 1 receipts surpassed the 2021 Book 1 and Book 2 Sales combined.

“At the close of selling today, we saw 105 yearlings traded for an amount of $200,000 or more, compared to just 74 lots selling for that same amount or over in 2021.


“We also saw five lots sell over the $800,000 threshold this year, compared to just one lot in 2021.

“The average and median both increased and we will see the clearance rate continue to climb overnight as our team works hard behind the scenes to get horses over the line.

“I am extremely proud of what the NZB team has achieved to date and look forward to another three days of trading during our Book 2 Sale.”
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With plenty of action ringside, Roger James and Robert Wellwood of Kingsclere Stables were thrilled with their highlight purchase on Day Three, securing Lot 508 for $900,000.

“I just can’t explain it, I can’t remember having bought or bid on a horse of his quality, there’s not a box he doesn’t tick,” said Group One-winning trainer Roger James.

The colt, offered by Landsdowne Park, was by in-demand first season sire The Autumn Sun out of More Than Ready mare Pristino.

James’ young gun training partner, Robert Wellwood, referred the lot as “the best colt in the Sale”.

“I didn’t want to stop him bidding and I’m just elated to be able to have a horse like him in the stable,” Wellwood said.

The duo had further success later in the day after purchasing Lot 635 for $625,000 from Haunui Farm. The filly is bred on the golden cross by Savabeel out of O’Reilly mare Symphonic (NZ) and was offered by Cambridge Stud.

That same cross proved popular with international visitors, after kiwi ex-pat Kacy Fogden secured Lot 528 for $850,000, a Savabeel colt out of Relentless Desire (NZ) (O’Reilly) on behalf of Mr T Fung from Waikato Stud’s draft.

Kevin Walls was active, purchasing on behalf of Queensland-based KPW Bloodstock, securing a $850,000 colt (Lot 621). The son of Pierro out of Subatomic (Makfi) heralds from an international family from Cambridge Stud’s draft.

David Ellis was the leading buyer at Karaka Book 1.David Ellis was the leading buyer at Karaka Book 1.

Rounding out a superb three days of Book 1 trading, Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis retained the title of leading buyer by aggregate after purchasing 30 yearlings for a total spend of $7,565,000.

“Our colts syndicate has been very well received by our owners and it’s a great thrill for Karyn and I to be able to put this together. It’s really exciting to continue to buy horses at Karaka and we are thrilled by what we have managed to secure from this Sale so far.”

Mr T Fung of Aquis Farms features second on the table having spent $4,065,000 on 11 lots in Book 1.

Waikato Stud once again topped the vendor by aggregate table at the close of Book 1 for the ninth consecutive year, having sold 39 yearlings for a healthy $7,860,000, while Cambridge Stud sat in second place selling 34 yearlings for a total amount of $6,105,000.

Waikato Stud Principal Mark Chittick said he was heartened by the results on the final day of Book 1.

Mark Chittick with his sale-topping brother to Mo'Unga. Mark Chittick with his sale-topping brother to Mo’Unga.

“Achieving results like this in trying times has proved just how hard everybody on the farm has worked. But after seeing what has gone on this week, the time and effort that has gone into the Sale by the NZB team and everybody on the grounds here at Karaka, it is quite incredible,” Chittick said.

Beaufort Downs finished as leading vendor by average selling three yearlings for an average of $250,000, while Milan Park were hot on their heels, selling eight yearlings for an average of $221,875.

A mixture of proven and first season stallions feature on the leading sires by average table. Champion sires Savabeel, Tavistock, Pierro and Zoustar, along with freshmen The Autumn Sun and Justify all making an appearance.

With more work to do ahead of Book 2, Director of Sales Danny Rolston, took time to comment on the strength of the New Zealand industry.

“Our industry is so resilient and our team has worked so hard over the last couple of months to be able to host a physical Sale. This is a closed event but it was electric in there today. We certainly didn’t have the full auditorium that we are used to but the results have defied that.”

To enquire about Passed Lots contact Regan Donnison on +64 21 512 466 or email or Kane Jones on +64 27 274 4985 or email

Catch the highlights and Lot-by-Lot footage from Book 1 online.

View the full Book 1 results here.

Selling continues on Day One of Book 2 tomorrow, where lots 637 to 800 will go through the ring from 11AM (NZT).

Book 2 will be available to view on Freeview Channel 200, as well as streamed live on NZB’s website, online bidding platform and on NZB’s Facebook page.

Karaka 2022 Book 1 Statistics

TOP LOTLot 161 Savabeel – Chandelier (B.C) $1,000,000Lot 94 Zoustar – Scintillula (B.F) $800,000Lot 155 Pierro – Our Squeezer (B. or Br.C) $900,000
2022 Book 1 Top Lots
161B.CSavabeel / ChandelierWaikato StudAnnabel Neasham Racing/Mr T FungQueensland$1,000,000
508B.CThe Autumn Sun / PristinoLandsdowne ParkMr RA James / Mr R WellwoodWaikato$900,000
410BB.FFastnet Rock / Memories of YouCurraghmoreMr DC EllisTe Akau$850,000
528BR.CSavabeel / Relentless DesireWaikato StudMr T FungQueensland$850,000
621B.CPierro / SubatomicCambridge StudKPW BloodstockQueensland$850,000
333BR.CAlmanzor / Its Our ShowtimeCambridge StudBruce Perry BloodstockWellington$675,000
635B.FSavabeel / SymphonicHaunui FarmMr RA James / Mr R WellwoodWaikato$625,000
217Ch.FSnitzel / EleonoraBlandford LodgeForsman Racing/Andrew Williams Bloodstock/Bevan Smith BloodstockWaikato$600,000
530B.CJustify / RepeatThe Oaks StudMr DC EllisTe Akau$600,000
563BR.FSavabeel / ScintillulaPencarrow StudMick WallaceUSA$600,000
10B.CSavabeel / Thee AchieverMilan ParkMr DC EllisTe Akau$575,000
618BR.FSavabeel / Style by DesignWaikato StudMr DC EllisTe Akau$525,000


2022 Book 1 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate
Mr DC Ellis31$8,070,000$260,323$850,000410
KPW Bloodstock6$2,285,000$380,833$850,000621
Mr RA James / Mr R Wellwood7$2,165,000$309,286$900,000508
Go Racing13$2,115,000$162,692$470,000190
Tartan Meadow Bloodstock12$1,685,000$140,417$320,000580
Bruce Perry Bloodstock4$1,540,000$385,000$675,000333
Mulcaster Bloodstock / Waller Racing6$1,265,000$210,833$440,000165
Mr SB Marsh7$1,100,000$157,143$280,000383
Annabel Neasham Racing/Mr T Fung1$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000161


2022 Book 1 Leading Vendors by Aggregate
Waikato Stud39$7,860,000$201,538$1,000,000161
Cambridge Stud34$6,105,000$179,559$850,000621
Wentwood Grange31$3,425,000$110,484$450,000489
Westbury Stud28$3,390,000$121,071$300,00095
Haunui Farm17$3,235,000$190,294$625,000635
Pencarrow Stud22$3,190,000$145,000$600,000563
Landsdowne Park17$2,932,500$172,500$900,000508
Phoenix Park16$2,452,500$153,281$475,000467
Little Avondale Stud16$2,400,000$150,000$340,000382


2022 Book 1 Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)
Beaufort Downs3$250,000$750,000$380,000367
Milan Park8$221,875$1,775,000$575,00010
Waikato Stud39$201,538$7,860,000$1,000,000161
Trelawney Stud11$196,818$2,165,000$380,000377
Haunui Farm17$190,294$3,235,000$625,000635
Blandford Lodge7$181,429$1,270,000$600,000217
Cambridge Stud34$179,559$6,105,000$850,000621
Landsdowne Park17$172,500$2,932,500$900,000508
Phoenix Park16$153,281$2,452,500$475,000467


2022 Book 1 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)
The Autumn Sun*3$1,280,000$426,667$900,000508
Deep Field5$925,000$185,000$475,000636

*First Season Sire


2022 Book 1 Leading First Season Sires by Average (three or more sold)
The Autumn Sun3$1,280,000$426,667$900,000508
U S Navy Flag*18$1,740,000$96,667$340,000303
Ace High*9$845,000$93,889$160,0007

*NZ-based Stallions