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NZB South Island Sale Offers Sensational Value for Money
New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale is developing a reputation for offering incredible value for money, with a number of high-quality racetrack performers bought for relatively low prices. Few horses fit that description better than one of this season's star New Zealand sprinters, Signify (Perfectly Ready), who has earned more than 60 times his purchase price for Alex and Tracey Cowan. Purchased for $5,500 at the 2013 Sale, Signify has won nine of his 33 starts for prize money in excess of $330,000. This season the South Island speedster has raced to two brilliant black-type victories at Trentham – the Gr1 Telegraph (1200m) in late January and the Listed Lightning Handicap (1200m) two months later. "We didn't pay a lot for him at the South Island Sale," Alex 'Snooky' Cowan said. "He's won more than $330,000 for us now, which is amazing. He's done so well for us." Another example is Natuzzi (NZ), who cost $9,000 at the 2010 Sale. The Coats Choice gelding has won 11 of his 43 starts and has earned more than $560,000 in stakes – more than 62 times his purchase price. Overall there have been 16 black-type victories recorded by South Island Sale graduates in the last five years, with others including Listed Tasmanian Oaks winner Parthesia, Pepper Mill (Patapan), Iffwedance (Iffraaj), Absolutely (Coats Choice), Eclair Samba (Ekraar), Pizzazz (Bertolini), Capone (Al Akbar), Martin (Colombia), and two-time New Zealand Cup-winning stayer Blood Brotha (Danzighill). An added benefit of the inclusion of the South Island Session in the National Yearling Sale Series is that any yearling purchased is eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series, including the $1 million Karaka Million in 2018, the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, and the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup from 2018 and then for the duration of their racing careers. The South Island Sale will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April 2017, commencing from Lot 1 at 11am. Click here to view the catalogue.