“We're hoping it'll take a step up from last year which was a test case across the board really.”
Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association chairman Noel Kennard on hopes for the second Spring Sale of Broodmares and All Age Stock confirmed for this September 15th.
Last years 'test case' saw low prices and on the face of it many passes but the win for vendors was the low costs around the first sale of it's sort at a beneficial time of the year.
Most championed the $100 entry fee to effectively advertise their 'in foal' or empty broodmare, yearling or otherwise as 'for sale' with a breeding season about to start.
“The sale encourages vendors and buyers to come together really” says Kennard, “the entry fee is basically marketing the a mare as 'for sale', she's auctioned on the night or if passed in the market knows she's there.”
In many cases last year deals were done after the auction was over and because there are no percentages for sales companies or auctioneers or the association, there aren't the complications with post event transactions.
Expenses tripping a horse to and from a typical auction event are prohibitive when considering the mid to low end of the market and not having to travel the stock to this sale also opens up the catalogue to standardbred breeders New Zealand wide.
“Last year we had a rush of entries the final week as the penny dropped and some of those were yearling sales quality lots” continues Kennard.”Getting in and up on the website early is something we're confident vendors will be more up to speed with this time.”
The CSBA feels the “first in, first listed” way the website catalogue works encourages early entry in the month leading to auction night and gives potential buyers plenty of time to make contact with the seller for insight into the particular horse they're interested in.
Early indications are the quality of broodmares this September may've taken a leap forward.
Millwood Farms has committed to nominate the top producer and high class race mare “Coburg” as one of two entries.
In foal to Christian Cullen she will be joined by “Katy Sue” a member of champion age group pacer Ohoka Punter's family and in foal to “A Rock n Roll Dance”.
Proprietor Katie Carville says like many she stood back and watched this sale last year but is willing to test the water this time.
“Like most breeders I'm always looking to refine the broodmare band which means sometimes you need to let one go that you don't really want to. “Coburg” comes into that category this season but I'm willing to take the opportunity to put her out there and see what happens in September anyway.”
CSBA chairman Noel Kennard says entry forms will be in the email any day now to breeders, owners and industry players. The website is active and ready to go in the sales section of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders site www.harnessracing.co.nz.
First in,first paid will start being loaded with links to their pedigrees and performance from the beginning of and up until August 31st when entries close.
The auction night is Tuesday September 15th at Addington Raceway's Blossom Lady lounge starting from 5.30 pm and running until the last lot goes under the hammer.