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O'Reilly 2YO Sets NZB Ready To Run Record At NZ$525K

Friday, 20th November 2015

A new record price for the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale was reached yesterday when Lot 362 was knocked down for NZ$525,000 to Jacky Chun Shing of Hong Kong. Consigned by Ascot Farm, he was the fastest Breeze Up of the Sale. It was the first time Mr Chun Shing has been to New Zealand and he was pleased to buy the horse he wanted. "I wanted to come to Karaka to see the horses and I have found it very interesting," said Mr Chun Shing. "The money was a little higher than we expected but we still got what we wanted." The gelding is by O'Reilly out of the stakes performed Exceed And Excel mare Miraculous Miss making him a full-brother to recent stakes winner Celtic Tiger and a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Avisto (Tavistock). The leading buyer of the Sale was Mr Lang Lin's Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group, purchasing 25 horses for NZ$1,837,000 for both Rider Horse China and Rider Horse NZ. Rider Horse purchased the second top lot of the day when a colt by Fastnet Rock out of a Galileo mare Memories of You (Lot 358) was knocked down to them for NZ$425,000. Another record to tumble was the number of horses sold for NZ$300,000 or more with 10 horses reaching that mark, an increase from the six sold last year which was a record in itself. There were also 32 horses that sold for NZ$200,000 or over which is also a record, surpassing the 23 lots that sold for that price or more last year. Hong Kong was the leading buying bench with 43 horses purchased for NZ$6,783,000, while the second country by spend was Australia, purchasing the largest number of horses, 61, for a total of NZ$6,693,000. Local buyers also purchased 61 horses at the Sale with their spend totalling NZ$3,950,000.

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