Thirty four colts and fillies from champion bloodlines came under the hammer at the National Stud Farm in Tanjung Rambutan recently. This was the 19th year that such an auction was held and the fifth for Malaysian-bred horses. The auctioneer was David Chester of Magic Millions Sales Pty Ltd., a world-renowned thoroughbred auction house from Australia.
Despite uncertainties in the horse-racing world, the 2012 National Premier Sale saw many members of the racing fraternity, locals and foreigners, converging at the National Stud Farm. The farm, incidentally, was the brainchild of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the country’s first premier and was built in 1969. It is now a division of Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn. Bhd.
The 2-year-olds were brought into the ring one by one for the bidding, with a starting price of RM10,000. The filly of resident National Stud Farm sire, “Dolphin Street”, a half sister of “Beautiful Choice”, the 2011 Malaysian Bred Horse of the Year, was the crowd’s favourite. She received a bid for RM70,000. The highest bid, however, went to a bay filly which went for RM85,000 which was made by trainer, Robyn Brogan.
The auction grossed almost a million ringgit from 34 lots. Stud farm manager, Ray Knight, was happy with the sale. His years of hard work had come to fruition. Horses sold at the sale qualified for the winning performance bonus, valid for five years ending on December 31, 2017.