The grande finale of the successful New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale was the sale of a colt by Savabeel out of the O’Reilly mare Miss Opulence who was knocked down for the sale-topping price of A$700,000. She is a half-sister to multiple Group One winner's Sir Slick and Puccini.
Presented by Sam and Hana Beatson’s Riversley Park, the athletic bay attracted the interest of multiple parties before eventually being knocked down to Te Akau’s Jamie Richards.
Richards was left in the uncustomary role of a bidder, with Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM having to dash away before the prized lot went under the hammer.
The colt was bred by the Smithies family’s Monovale Farm in Cambridge, who have a close association with Riversley Park.
It was great to see two New Zealand guys going at him, and there was plenty of interest from bidders online.
“It’s a huge result for the mare, Savabeel, Riversley and Monovale, and everyone at NZB as well.
“Miss Opulence is a six-year-old mare and is carrying her fourth Savabeel. She has a yearling filly, a filly foal, and is back in foal to Savabeel. She is a very exciting broodmare for us going forward, he said.
The Riversley Park team finished as a leading vendor for the fourth year in succession.