Roger James Among International Karaka Yearling Sale Action

Cambridge trainer Roger James was giving the international buyers a run for their money at Karaka.

James signed for a $460,000 Savabeel filly early on day two of New Zealand Bloodstock's Premier Sale to go with two first day buys.

It was the first big purchase at the second day and Lot 235 was out of Corsicana.

The Waikato Stud filly is coincidentally a close relative to one of James's star performers of the past, Corsicana is a full-sister to Hera, who James trained for six wins including the Group II Eight Carat Classic and Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic. 

"I ended up paying a bit more than I expected, but I just thought she was a standout filly," James said. "She was the pick of the fillies in the sale for me.

"I don't think I've ever bought a horse with so many under-bidders - there were eight different bidders.

"And I've never bought a horse before that I've had so many people comment on. People from all corners of the globe have approached me commenting on her quality and that she would stand up to the standard of any sale in the world.

"I was lucky to have the backing of one of my oldest clients to have the strength to buy her."

James' earlier purchases had a close connection to former members of his stable.

One was a filly by Pierro out of his stakes placegetter Prestigious Miss for $100,000, then he outlaid $75,000 for a colt by his former topliner He's Remarkable out of Shades of Silk.

James felt he got good value, particularly with the Pierro filly.

"I had seen all the Pierro's in the sale and there wasn't a bad one among them so I decided to strike early."

Waikato's sire Savabeel continued his outstanding sale with a pair of high-priced purchases in very quick succession including a new equal sale-topper.

The highest price of $775,000 on the first day, which was also son of Savabeel, was matched by Little Avondale Stud's colt by Savabeel out of Generous Nature.

The brother to Group II winner Savvy Nature was the subject of a spirited bidding duel with Cambridge bloodstock agent Michael Wallace the under-bidder to Victoria's Ultra Thoroughbred Racing.

Ultra is the racing syndication arm of Sean Buckley's thoroughbred investment.

Buckley has had racetrack success with a number of New Zealand-breds including Culminate and Kiwi jockey Michael Walker has ridden many winners for him.

 "We came here with the specific intention of buying Savabeel colts," said Ultra's vet Toby Koenig. "He was a standout, he ticked all the boxes, and we would actually have been willing to go a little bit higher to get him."

Mapperley Stud's colt out of Forty Two Below, a brother to Eulogy Stakes winner Coldplay, who went through the ring as Lot 297 and sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $475,000.

"We liked his pedigree, but we were more taken by the individual," HKJC representative Mark Richards said. "He's a very athletic type of colt."

- Stuff

Posted: Tue 26 Jan 2016