World record online auction price for a racehorse bred by Southlanders


Southland racehorse breeders Karen and Willy Calder and trainer Lisa Vaughan, right, with their galloper Asathought after a win in Dunedin last year.  Asathought's half-sister, Calder-bred Advantage, sold for an online world record of $ 4.1 million on Wednesday night.

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Southland racehorse breeders Karen and Willy Calder and trainer Lisa Vaughan, right, with their galloper Asathought after a win in Dunedin last year. Asathought’s half-sister, Calder-bred Advantage, sold for an online world record of $ 4.1 million on Wednesday night.

A racehorse bred by Bluff fisherman Willy Calder has sold for an online world record of $ 4.1 million.

He and his wife Karen had a lot of thrills in the races, but their level of excitement in the sport hit an all-time high on Wednesday night when the horse they bred – Advantage – sold for 4.1 million dollars on the online auction site Gavelhouse Plus.

New Zealand Bloodstock, which operates Gavelhouse Plus, confirmed the amount was an online world record for a thoroughbred.

“I couldn’t believe it… $ 4.1 million, it’s hard to believe the breeders of Bluff could breed something like that,” Willy said.

“We [Bluff] could have the best oysters in the world, and now we could have the best horses bred.

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The Calders typically don’t insure their horses, but the record-breaking price prompted them Thursday to organize a cover for another they own, named Asathought who is a half-sister to Advantage.

Advantage, No 1, extends to the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes in Te Rapa in April.  It sold for an online world record of $ 4.1 million this week.

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Advantage, No 1, extends to the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes in Te Rapa in April. It sold for an online world record of $ 4.1 million this week.

“When you talk about that kind of money [$4.1 million for the half-sister], we thought we would do better, ”Calder said.

Advantage was bought by Coolmore Stud boss Tom Magnier of Sydney. The previous highest price in New Zealand for a thoroughbred was $ 3.6 million at the 2000 Karaka Yearling Sale in Auckland.

The Calders sold Avantage for $ 210,000 at Karaka sales in 2017. It was bought by Te Akau Racing manager David Ellis, who then formed a 12-member union to run it.

Advantage won 16 races and $ 2.1 million from Jamie Richards’ Waikato team before a tendon injury forced him to retire last week.

Ellis and the union decided that the breeding season was just beginning, now is the time to bring her to market. The online auction began Sunday and ended Wednesday evening.

The auction was scheduled to end at 7 p.m., but intense auctions have prolonged it, said Ellis, of Waikato.

“At six to seven, the auction went off, it just exploded. The four biggest stallions in the world were all bidding on her.

Ellis believed that Advantage would sell for between $ 3 million and $ 3.5 million.

“It was a great thrill [to get $4.1 million] … we had a nice bottle of red wine and a cigar [to celebrate], it was awesome, ”he said.

“I can’t wait to buy his yearlings.”

New Zealand Bloodstock chief executive Andrew Seabrook said the company’s global contacts were stunned by the news of the record-breaking price.

“It’s amazing how the whole story has gone viral around the world. People who don’t race are talking about it, and you can’t put a price on that ad [for the industry].

“Kudos to the Calders, they will be remembered as the breeders of the horse that was the first to surpass $ 4 million online.”


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