Residual Value Found During Christchurch Trotting Session

20 February 2023

Lot 174 (Muscle Hill x Paramount Faith), purchased for $130,000 by Greg and Nina Hope. Photo: Natural Light Photography.

Day One of the Christchurch session saw yearlings from top level families in demand, coupled with a mixed day of selling at NZB Standardbred’s 2023 National Yearling Sale. 

Demand was strong for quality trotting yearlings, with vendor Laura Smith being responsible for preparing three of the top five lots.

NZB Standardbred Manager Cam Bray commented on the results at the conclusion of selling.

“We have seen a trend of fillies with residual value selling for top level prices, in both Auckland and Christchurch this year,” Bray said.

“The good horses from quality families are selling well, which is not going to stop throughout the remaining Christchurch sessions.

“The middle and bottom end of the market tends to be a bit tough, particularly at this Sale, but our team will continue to work hard to get lots across the line and we will see the clearance rate continue to climb overnight.

“We are looking forward to the Sale of Pacers which commences tomorrow. We know there are some great horses catalogued, with outstanding pedigrees and types on offer,” Bray said.  

The highlight of the day came when trainers Greg and Nina Hope secured Lot 174 for $130,000, a filly by Muscle Hill out of Paramount Faith (NZ) (Pegasus Spur). The stunning filly is a full sister to Group One winner Muscle Mountain (NZ), also trained by the Hopes.

Ben Hope, driver for Hope Racing Stables and son of Greg and Nina, commented on the significant purchase made on Day One in Christchurch.

“We fell in love with this filly. To be honest, we actually saw her not knowing her breeding and she immediately stood out to us,” Hope said.  

“When we saw the pedigree page, we thought that we had to have her.”

Auckland-based trainer Tony Herlihy purchased the second highest-priced trotter, securing Lot 179, a colt by second season sire Tactical Landing out of San Diego Love (NZ) (Love You) for $100,000.

Both top lots were offered by Laura Smith on behalf of Taffy Ltd. Owner Todd Anderson was onsite in Christchurch to comment on the sale of the two yearlings.

“We have been lucky enough to have sold some quality lots today who have gone to good trainers,” Anderson said.

Laura Smith was responsible for selling three of the top five lots. Photo: Emily Morgan.

“We were rapt when we got a filly [Lot 174] out of the mare because of her pedigree. She was a nice filly, it’s always hard letting those ones go especially with Muscle Hill no longer standing at stud. 

“The colt [Lot 179] was a standout foal as soon as he hit the ground. He is by a son of Muscle Hill in Tactical Landing out of a beautiful mare and was just an exceptional type. There aren’t many of them around.

“Laura does an outstanding job preparing the yearlings. It starts right from breeding them and then she foals them down. These results are a real credit to her and she is a great horsewoman,” Anderson said.

The Christchurch Sale of Pacers commences on Tuesday 20 February, with Lot 195 to 300 selling from 1PM (NZT).

Day Two of the Christchurch session will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, with coverage streamed live at and on NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will bring key sale highlights and interviews throughout the day and will host a Preview Show prior to the Sale of Pacers beginning tomorrow at 12:30PM (NZT).

All yearlings purchased at the 2023 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the lucrative $1 million dollar Harness Million Sale Race Series.

To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email [email protected].

View the Christchurch Day One highlights and lot-by-lot footage here.

2023 National Standardbred Yearling Sale – Christchurch Trotting Session Statistics

  2023 Christchurch Trotting Session 2022 Christchurch Trotting Session 2021 Christchurch Trotting Session 2020 Christchurch Trotting Session
Aggregate $1,044,500 $896,500 $1,106,000 $1,281,750
Average $33,694 $23,592 $35,867 $34,642
Median $19,000 $17,000 $31,250 $24,000
Clearance 52% 62% 69% 79%
Catalogued 60 76 48 48
Sold 31 38 31 37
Top Price $130,000 Lot 174 (B.F) Muscle Hill - Paramount Faith $110,000 Lot 183 (B.F) Tactical Landing - Petite One $120,000 Lot 140 (B.C) Father Patrick - Rae Galleon $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny


2023 National Standardbred Yearling Sale – Christchurch Trotting Session Top Lots

Lot Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price
174 Muscle Hill / Paramount Faith B.F L. Smith Mr G Hope (Canterbury)  $      130,000
179 Tactical Landing / San Diego Love Bl.C L. Smith Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland)  $      100,000
180 En Solitaire / One Over Kenny Ch.C White Stables Diamond Racing Stables Ltd (Auckland)  $        95,000
173 Majestic Son / One Over Da Stars B.C White Stables Brent White Racing (Canterbury)  $        80,000
168 Love You / Missandei B.C L. Smith Kyvalley Racing (Victoria)  $        60,000
145 Creatine / Duchess Diedre B.C G. M. Murray Mr S Dolan (Canterbury)  $        52,500
187 Love You / Spell Ch.C T. M. Jones Diamond Racing Stables Ltd (Auckland)  $        45,000
149 Love You / Hot Vacation B.C Studholme Bloodstock Mr AK Black (Southland)  $        41,000
163 Love You / Mamselle B.C T. M. Jones Mr AJ Cowlishaw (Canterbury)  $        40,000
177 Love You / Quite A Moment B.C T. M. Jones Mr WR Stewart (Wellington)  $        36,000