Ellis in Search of More Star Power at RTR Sale

Date: 17 Nov 2021

Ellis in Search of More Star Power at RTR Sale


The NZB Ready to Run Sale starts today!  David, Jamie and Karyn will be at Te Rapa ready to buy the next Group 1 winner like Gingernuts, Te Akau Shark and Hall of Fame - all bought by David from this sale.  Singapore Polytrack Horse of the Year Flying Fulton was another sale success purchase for the team.

If you are keen on a share, do not hesitate as they always sell very quickly.  Horses available will be on our website so you can talk to us live online via our website or email [email protected] or you can secure your share (subject to availability) with a deposit of $500.  If shares in your chosen horse are already sold, the deposit is fully refundable.

You can also follow the sale live on www.nzb.co.nz or NZB's facebook page - today and tomorrow (sale begins at 1pm, with pre sale coverage from 12.45pm)


NZ Racing News reports:


Renowned for his feats on the Karaka buyers' bench at New Zealand Bloodstock's annual National Yearling Sales Series, Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis is also an ever-increasing force at the Ready to Run Sale.

Ellis has claimed leading buyer honours at the Ready to Run Sale numerous times, purchasing a total of 25 horses across the last three editions of the Sale for an aggregate price of $3.9 million.

His purchases last year included the $700,000 sale-topper Zeitaku, who made a big impression with a come-from-behind maiden victory at Te Rapa on 25 October.

The $350,000 purchase Pure Imagination has also been a winner, while another two have shown promise with early placings.

Ellis has been drawn to the Ready to Run Sale by the outstanding success rate of its graduates, who have won 20 Group One races in the last six seasons alone - more than both Australian two-year-old sales combined.

Ellis has first-hand knowledge of that success, celebrating Group One glory with Te Akau's Ready to Run Sale purchases Te Akau Shark, Gingernuts, and Hall Of Fame.

“In terms of the achievements of the horses that come out of the sale, it's clearly the best two-year-old sale of its kind in the world,” Ellis said.

“That's a big drawcard for any potential buyer, and the success that we've had from our own purchases at this sale is what's really prompted me to keep coming back and buying increasing numbers of horses.

“Six years ago, I went there and bought only two horses - both of them turned out to be Group One winners. Gingernuts won three Group Ones including the New Zealand Derby (2400m) and the Rosehill Guineas (2000m), while Hall Of Fame won the Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham before we sold him to Hong Kong for big money.

“At the next year's sale, I bought Te Akau Shark, who won at Group One level on the world stage at Randwick. He also ran third in the Cox Plate (G.1, 2040m) from the outside gate.

“I've bought a lot of really good horses from this sale over the years, and that's what's made me so keen to keep coming back.

“We've got some lovely horses in the stable now that we bought at last year's Sale, and we're really happy with how they're progressing and what they've shown us so far. Now I'm really looking forward to buying some more horses from this year's sale.”


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Gingernuts after his win in the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas 

Popular gallopers Gingernuts and Te Akau Shark both provided an outstanding return on their purchase price at the Ready to Run Sale. Ellis paid just $42,500 to buy Gingernuts from Stainley Park's draft at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale. He won six of his 12 starts and more than $1.27 million in stakes, headed by superb wins in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Windsor Park Plate (1600m). He earned almost 30 times his purchase price.

At the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, Ellis bought Te Akau Shark off Lyndhurst Farm for $230,000. The super-talented chestnut had 14 starts for seven wins, five placings and $1.52 million - more than six times his purchase price.

He won the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa and Gr.1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, and also placed in the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m), Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Gr.1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

Hall Of Fame won the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in 2017, while fellow Ready to Run Sale graduate Brando finished second in the same race in 2021.

Ellis is eagerly looking forward to adding to those Ready to Run Sale successes with another group of purchases from the 2021 edition of the exceptional two-year-old sale.

“From looking through the catalogue and going around to inspect the horses, I think the standard of this year's catalogue is very, very high,” he said.

“It's probably among the very best I've ever seen for this sale.

“There's a lot of horses that I'm going to be very keen to buy, and we're always on the lookout for new owners and investors to get on board with our team. Any people who are interested in getting involved are very welcome to give me a call any time.”

Due to the ongoing pandemic, closed borders within New Zealand make it impossible to host a physical auction at the Karaka Sales Centre.

As a result, this year's Ready to Run Sale will now take place virtually and is set to be held at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 and 18 November, commencing at 1PM (NZT) each day.

New Zealand Bloodstock and New Zealand-based agents have completed inspections of all two-year-olds at the 2021 Breeze Ups and on-farm parades.

View the full catalogue online here.


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