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Ferlax 2YO’s Make Big Impact at RTR

23 November 2017

Gondola Girl 15_sm

Haunui Farm’s ill-fated sire Ferlax (NZ) (Pentire) set chins wagging at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale at Karaka this week with a top price of $240,000 and a sale average of $107,000 with a 100% clearance rate for his five lots through the ring.

Hong Kong trainer Manfred Man signed the $240,000 docket for Lot 146, the colt out of Gondola Girl (NZ) (Thorn Park), his sole purchase at the sale. Bred by GSA Bloodstock, the colt was a graduate of Haunui Farm’s Karaka 2017 Premier Draft where he was purchased by Sam Beatson for $50,000 proving to be a very successful pin-hook for Sam selling under his Riversley Park banner.

Another highly successful pin-hook from Haunui’s 2017 draft was Lot 386, a Ferlax colt out of Sunshine Gold (NZ) (Zabeel). Purchased for $30,000 out of the Select Sale, he was sold today for $160,000 by Kiltannon Stables to the bid of Trent Busuttin.

“It was great to see the progeny of Ferlax so well received at this sale,” said Haunui Farm’s Managing Director, Mark Chitty. “This time twelve months ago, we were very excited by the prospects of selling his first crop of yearlings at Karaka and, the week before the sale, we unfortunately lost him due to a paddock accident. As a result, his progeny didn’t sell as well as we’d hoped but as we’ve seen over the last couple of days, 12 months is a long time in this game. Leading into Karaka 2017 we always thought the Gondola Girl colt was a six figure horse and yesterday proved that,” said Mark.

Another successful pin-hook from Haunui’s 2017 yearling draft was the opening Lot of the sale, a colt by Keeper (AUS) (Danehill) out of Zabinella (NZ) (Zabeel). Sold for $20,000 in the Festival Sale, he kicked the 2017 Ready-to-Run Sale off in style fetching $140,000 to the bid of Peter Ho Leung of Hong Kong.

“Like I said before, 12 months is a long time in this game,” said Mark. “It’s a credit to the guys who purchased these horses as yearlings with the view of what they can grow into and they’ve reaped the rewards. I’m sure they’ll be back to look at our yearling draft again this year to try and find another one,” said Mark.