Cambridge bloodstock agent Bevan Smith made a pleasing start to his solo bloodstock career at New Zealand Bloodstock’s May Sale at Karaka on Friday, taking home lot 83, the Tivaci filly out of Group Three performer Sitting on a Hill for $95,000 which was the joint top priced weanling of the sale.
Formerly with Mulcaster Bloodstock, Smith branched out on his own earlier this year and he was delighted to take home his pick of the sale.
“It is the first purchase under my own banner, it’s great to get the one I wanted,” Smith said.
“She’s a belter of a filly. In my opinion she was the best horse here at the sale.
“She is a lovely moving horse, she has got size and scope and I just think she is going to grow into a really nice horse.”
A half-sister to stakes winners Little Dragon and Alcaldesa, Smith said he is excited for the future with his purchase as well as the prospects of her sire Tivaci.
“She is by an exciting new season sire in Tivaci. He has got great credentials and is an outstanding looking horse himself and he has passed that onto this filly,” he said.
“We are not going to have to wait a long time for her. There is two-year-old form in the family. She is a half to two stakes winners and one of those is a two-year-old.”
Smith said her future is yet to be decided. She could possibly return through the sales ring at Karaka next year, however, she could be kept with a breeding future in-mind.
“She has been bought for a new client,” Smith said. “I have just gone out on my own and I have got some support from Defining Moments Racing.
“We will decide what we are going to do with her, she may come back through a sale next year or we will assess things after winter and see if we want to keep her and race her.
“She has got a pedigree, so if she does turn out to be a good racehorse, she is going to have a lot of residual value there.”
Curraghmore ended the sale as the Leading Vendor by Average, with 6 lots sold for an average of $35,000.– NZ Racing Desk