Thursday, 9 August 2012
: Friday's New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale of Two-Year-Olds & Mixed Bloodstock holds a unique place on Australasia's annual auction sales calendar.
To be held at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch, the sale trades off a rich heritage of success from the southern region and will see 154 untried two-year-olds offered this year.
The South Island Sale has produced some top performers in recent times with G1 Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly, G1 VRC Derby winner Second Coming and G1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Hustler sold through its ranks.
This year's sale features the progeny of 56 stallions with two-year-olds by both young and established sires including Alamosa, Any Suggestion, Coats Choice, Falkirk, Faltaat, Fast 'n' Famous, Gallant Guru, High Chaparral
, Iffraaj, O'Reilly, Pentire, Pins, Perfectly Ready, Savabeel
, Sir Percy and more.
The Sale will also see the first two-year-olds by sires Fully Fledged, Guillotine and Sir Percy whose yearlings were well received at Karaka 2012, as well as Stockade and Minstrel Court, the son of Danehill Dancer who has a draft of seven two-year-olds and stands at Willow Glen in Waimate.
The mixed bloodstock section will offer three broodmares, three yearlings and two unraced horses.
Five supplementary entries will be offered at the sale with two two-year-olds by Bachelor Duke and three broodmares, two of which have been served by Group 1 winner Bunker.
The Sale will again be offering the Southern Bonus Race to all two-year-olds in the sale.
A new incentive race offered to buyers for the first time at the 2011 South Island Sale, the Southern Bonus Race (1400m) will be held at Riccarton in November next year and will offer a $40,000 cash bonus on top of any stakes winnings to the first eligible graduate across the line.
Southern Bonus Race eligible horses will also be able to contest the Southern Bonus Preludes. Each Southern Bonus Prelude will offer a $5,000 bonus- on top of any stakes winnings to any eligible horse that can win the Prelude.