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NZB Karaka Day-3: $900K for Melody Belle Sibling
Blue blooded fillies were to the fore on Day Three at Karaka yesterday pushing sales to $63.63 million and lifting the clearance rate to 79%. David Ellis showed his strength yet again when he boldly opened with an $800,000 bid and quickly secured the highest-priced lot of the day, a bay Not A Single Doubt filly for $900,000. Consigned by Haunui Farm as Lot 371, the filly is out of the Ifraaj mare Meleka Belle making her a half-sister to last season's Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes winner and champion New Zealand 2YO Melody Belle (Commands). "I have been watching this family for the last 40 years," Ellis said. "It's an unbelievable filly family and I thought the cross with Not a Single Doubt was top-class." Ellis leads the buying bench with 24 yearlings purchased for $7.24 million, including the $750,000 Exceed and Excel colt offered on account of Pencarrow Stud yesterday as Lot 455. Local bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne added two royally-bred fillies to his purchases cementing his position as the second leading buyer. Hawthorne first paid $875,000 for Lot 487, a Savabeel filly from the Waikato Stud draft. She is out of Posy (No Excuse Needed), a full-sister to triple Gr1 winner Daffodil. He also secured Lot 503, the first foal out of stakes-winning mare Pussy O'Reilly (O'Reilly) for $700,000. With a strong boutique draft, Highden Park is currently the leading vendor by average (three or more sold) having sold five yearlings at an average of $254,000, while champion Snitzel leads the sires table by average (three or more sold) at $402,000. The fourth and final day of Book 1 will continue today with Lots 541 to 700 selling from 11am.