The facts, figures, and Gr.1 graduates that have come out of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale paint a picture of a sale that is one of a kind.
The Ready to Run Sale is the undisputed source of winning two-year-old sale graduates in the southern hemisphere. Over the last six seasons, graduates of the Ready to Run Sale have won 20 Group One races and 135 stakes races. During that same time period, graduates of both Australian 2YO sales have combined for just three Gr.1 wins and 69 stakes wins.
Ready to Run Sale graduates earn, on average, 49% more prizemoney than both Australian 2YO sale graduates combined, with the equal highest winners-to-runners ratio.
This year’s Derby-winning star was Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro), who was a $300,000 purchase from 2017 Ready to Run Sale. He produced a scintillating performance in the HK$20 million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) in March.
Bought from Riversley Park’s Ready to Run Sale draft, Golden Sixty is only the second horse in history to complete a clean sweep of Hong Kong’s 5YO Classic Series – the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), and the Hong Kong Derby.
Golden Sixty has begun his five-year-old campaign on much the same note, returning to action with another dominant performance in the Gr.3 Celebration Cup (1400m) last month and another sparkling performance in Sunday’s HK$4.5m Group Two The Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1600m).
The megastar has now had 13 starts for 12 wins, earning more than HK$35 million. That’s the equivalent of around NZ$6.9 million, which is 23 times his purchase price.
The 2018 New Zealand Derby was won by Vin de Dance, who was bought for $70,000 in 2016 Ready to Run Sale by respected judge Phill Cataldo.
In Singapore, the $90,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Well Done scored an outstanding victory in the Singapore Derby (2000m) in 2016.
The 2019 Macau Derby (1800m) was won by Sacred Capital who was picked up out of Waikato Stud’s draft at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale for $580,000. He has won 10 of his 23 starts and the equivalent of more than $930,000 in prize-money.