Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry travelled up to Karaka for the 2021 Yearling Sales cautiously optimistic and left the New Zealand Bloodstock complex thrilled with their results.
Each of the 12 yearlings offered in Book 1 by the Cambridge-based farm sold and Brent Taylor was full of praise for New Zealand Bloodstock and the domestic bloodstock agents who assisted their overseas contemporaries with the buying process.
“It has been a spectacular effort from all involved and I’d like to thank New Zealand Bloodstock and our local agents and trainers who have made the sale a success,” he said.
“As always we owe a lot to the underbidders as without them we wouldn’t have the competition and it is always good to see their faith in our product vindicated by sale ring results.
"Like everyone we had to navigate selling in the COVID-19 era and provided extensive photos, video footage and information to prospective buyers in an format our buyers readily engaged with."
Though the international buyers were not able to be on site their presence was still strong in the results with eight of Trelawney’s consignment being sold to offshore interests.
“It seems there was a general willingness for everyone engage in the ‘new normal’ and step up to the plate and buy,” Taylor said.
“We were very fortunate to bring some nice horses to the sale and we had great support.
“We have such a good support network and made sure we were always available to answer any questions buyers had and supply them with as much information as possible which gave confidence to purchase.
“Our staff did a wonderful job and the results are a credit to them.”
Trelawney ended the sale as second leading vendor by average with $195,000 and an aggregate of $2,340,000.
The top lot for the farm was the Iffraaj x Bellazeel colt who was knocked down to the Hong Kong-based Good Fortune Bloodstock for $370,000.
"He will do his early education in New Zealand before heading to Hong Kong," representative Danny Rolston said.
Not far behind was the Fastnet Rock x Addison colt who was purchased by Tony Fung of Aquis Farm for $350,000. The top priced filly for the farm was the Sebring x Smashing who will stay in New Zealand and join the Kingsclere Stable after being secured by Roger James and Robert Wellwood for $295,000 on behalf of long-time friend of Trelawney Stud Jim Hannon.
“It was a challenging sale for everyone we were all out of our comfort zone but everybody stepped up to do what they could to make sure it was a success,” Taylor said. “It was a spectacular effort by all concerned and we got a great result.”