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NZB Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale Day-1: $170K For Tavistock Colt
As predicted, stock by Cambridge Stud's boom young sire Tavistock (Montjeu) proved popular on Day One of the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale, with his weanling colt out of the Volksraad mare Sentura (Lot 40) providing the highest price of the day when knocked down to Lyndhurst Farm for $170,000. From the Curraghmore draft, the bay colt hails from the family of dual Gr1 winner Clifton King and Gr3 winner Clifton Prince and (both by Volksraad). The exciting pin-hooking prospect was hand-picked by some of the best in the business with Mark and Shelley Treweek's Lyndhurst Farm pleased to have secured him. "He has a great walk and a great way about him and being by Tavistock is obviously a big attraction," commented Mark. "He's got a lovely pedigree and is out of a Volksraad mare which is a proven cross already with Tavistock." He added: "Nine times out of 10 Curraghmore sell the best horses out of the weanling sale and we picked him as the nicest type in the sale. He ticked a lot of boxes for us and we had to have him." Leading vendor of the day by average and aggregate was Curraghmore, who have done so at this sale for the past 10 years with proprietor Gordon Cunningham pleased to again be leading the way. "We brought a quality draft to this sale again and expected our horses to sell well," he said. "The interest we'd had leading into the sale was good and that's translated into results today that we're delighted with." Rider Horse NZ were the most active of the day's buyers, securing 20 lots for total receipts of $498,000 and striking early to secure Lot 9. From Dan Myers' popular weanling draft the I Am Invincible filly is the first foal from the handy imported mare Pipette and fetched $130,000. In addition to the strong domestic buying bench which accounted for 81% of purchases, investors from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore were also active. Selling continues today with more Weanlings from Lot 171 at 10am through to Yearlings, Two-Year-Olds, Unraced stock and Racehorses. Supplementary weanling lots will follow on from the Weanling Session and Mixed Bloodstock supplementary lots will follow on from the Racehorses Session. The full Broodmare offering and Stallion Shares will then conclude the Sale on Wednesday from 10am.