The first step to the dream come true

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  • April 27, 2022
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On 12 March 2022, the six days of trading at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 96th National Yearling Sales ended at the iconic Karaka Sales Centre.

This year, due to the impact of the global pandemic, the New Zealand Bloodstock postponed the auction date from January to March and hosted the sales as a closed event for the first time. Potential buyers need to register and apply in advance. New Zealand borders remain close, and overseas horse lovers cannot attend the event in person. The Raptors Thoroughbred team was fortunate to have participated in the event. Although The number of attendees was limited and affected by the pandemic, the atmosphere at the event was still hot.

From NZB

According to the final results for Karaka 2022 Book 1 and Book 2 Yearling Sales released by NZB, over six days of trading at Karaka 2022, 701 yearling horses sold for an aggregate of $74,382,500, a $13.3 million dollar increase on 2021’s results. The combined average has risen from $94,276 to $106,109, and the median increased from $62,500 to $70,000, while the clearance rate settled at 75%.

NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook commented on the final results at Karaka 2022.

“Our online bidding platform accounted for 14% of the total turnover and more than $10 million dollars spent remotely. Most notably, 65% of the horses offered received an online bid, in comparison to 37% in 2021. While 103 lots sold digitally this year, compared to 94 in 2021. The increase in these statistics year-on-year continues to reflect the confidence our buyers have in purchasing New Zealand stock remotely.”

Nowadays, online bidding is becoming an indispensable way to participate the sales event, especially during the global pandemic.

2022 National Yearling Sales is the first sales event that the Raptors Thoroughbred has participated and purchased six yearlings for a total spend of $885,000 (excluding insurance and various taxes), ranking this year Ranked 15th in the Karaka 2022 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate. After the Raptors Thoroughbred Team purchased the Almanzor colt out of Our Foil from Milan Park Stud, which fetched $230,000, the second-top price of the Book 2 Sale, they had received local media interviews and reports. As a new group in the thoroughbred racing business, the Raptors Thoroughbred Team showed their love and passion for the thoroughbred and racing industry when they participated in the sales event for the first time, quickly becoming the focus of the industry.

Six horses purchased by the Raptors Thoroughbred Team cover various types. The sire includes the first season sire “The Autumn Sun” and “Written By”, famous sire “Deep Field”, rising sire “Almanzor”, “Proisir”, two-year-old Triple Crown winner sire “Pierro”. Notable, The Autumn Sun is the highest average sold price at this event, and its value and popularity are obvious.

Next, the Raptors Thoroughbred Team will continue to share various horse selection, breeding, horse racing knowledge, and the joy of winning the race as a horse owner.

The 96th New Zealand National Yearling Sales is the first step for the Raptors Thoroughbred to achieving dreams.

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