Organisers of Sunday’s Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) in Rockhampton breathed sighs of relief after receipts were “slightly higher and better than expected”.
“There is no doubt the impending flood, road closures and harmful misinformation that the airport was closing on Sunday afternoon affected the buying bench especially from the south. I believe we (CYS) did very well. Vendors expressed their satisfaction and quality yearlings sold well. Put it to you this way, I never heard any knocks as I believe everyone saw the result as positive given such difficult circumstances”, CYS convener Jeff Leaver said.
In total, 61 of the 84 yearlings offered sold for a gross of $789,750 which represented a clearance rate of 72.62 per cent at an average price of $12,947.
Many of those passed-in at the auction were being negotiated on for purchase post sale.
Not only was this up on the 2016 average of $12,301 but the highest priced yearling – Lot 48 (br c Love Conquers All-Flo Jo) fetched $48,000 bettering last years top price.
Offered by noted breeder Werner Quast from Westbrook, it was purchased by Rockhampton’s John Kele.
A striking athletic brown filly (Lot 86) by first season sire Mahisara was second highest priced at $40K after Brisbane trainer Steven O’Dea won a bidding dual over this writer who opted out at $38K.
One of an impressive draft of Tullyard Farm, O’Dea trains the filly’s half-sister Capetown Hussey a winner of five races including one at Doomben in February.
Members of Rockhampton’s enthusiastic Livinadream Syndicate spent a total of $87,500 in purchasing yearlings.
This included a Wicked Style colt (Lot 54) and a Sidereus colt, both on behalf of Oaklands Stud, purchased in the name of Biloela’s Linemac Motors.
As expected Oaklands Stud’s draft which were magnificently presented in the sale ring, topped the leading vendor’s with all 15 offered selling for $230,600.
“It is what it is and it was a very pleasing result given all the trying issues with weather, flooding and the likely impact on racing and the city of Rockhampton. I am happy and will be back on board next year”, Oaklands Principal Neville Stewart said.
So too will Aquis Farm from the Gold Coast Hinterland which sold its five yearlings for $89,500.
Notable purchases came from Rockhampton’s Ray Busby – Lot 1 a Spirit Of Boom colt for $21K and Lot 29, A Love Conquers All colt fetching $13K from the Smyth’s Laurel Glen draft.
Brisbane trainer Liam Birchley bough three yearlings – Lots 3, 66 and 89 for gross sales of $44.5K.
Gracemere’s John Pointon and Prue Howard purchased the half-sister by Sidereus to their CYS 2YO Classic winner Stylish Crime for $22K.
Monto’s Max Ison outlaid $30K for Lot 58, the brown Rothesay-Hull City filly bound for trainer Fred Smith in Rockhampton.
Callaghan Park trainer Tom Button is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of yearlings from the sale, as many of his clients bought at least six.