Well known industry figure, John Jeffs, heads up Eliza Park’s inspection team at all major sales and is arguably the most famous ‘meet and greet’ in the business.
JJ has been to a lot of sales in his time (I think he even opens the gates of a morning – ed) but even he is pleasantly surprised with the initial draft that Eliza Park has consigned for the New Zealand Yearling Sales which kick off at Karaka tomorrow (Monday).
Here is JJ’s report card from the last couple of days of inspections:
The most popular horse by inspections is the Holy Roman Emperor – Millrich colt (Lot 49).
In fact, some viewers have even said “best Holy Roman Emperor I’ve seen”.
Second cab off the rank – in terms of popularity – would have to be the gorgeous Sky Watch filly by sire of the minute Snitzel (Lot 170).
This is a sensational walker with a huge overstep and will be keenly sought by many come bidding time. This is one yearling that could very well be competitive this time next year in the Karaka Millions!
Another one that has kept us on our toes is the Starcraft – Nakedindaspa colt (Lot 67) and I’m handing out prizes to those who can work out how the dam was named!
He might be a tad immature but some very astute judges remain quite keen on his prospects and should make into a very nice 3YO (ideal for this market).
The big, scopy Fusaichi Pegasus – Grey Invader filly (Lot 84) has had a lot of fans this week and, based on the number of inspections, I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit surprised if she finds herself a nice home tomorrow.
Due to the catalogues for Premier and Select sale being split in two, our two entries for the Select session have been relatively quieter than those in the Premier, however things are now starting to move on that front and today’s inspections are expected to show a marked variance in numbers of lookers.
As they say in the classics … watch this space.