The annual three-day national yearling sales kick off in Auckland tomorrow with 165 lots to go under the hammer at the Karaka sales complex.
Auckland has endured three straight days of rain and it is forecast to continue on Monday, ensuring testing conditions for both horses and buyers.
Champion sire Bettor’s Delight has the most progeny in the Karaka catalogue with 43 lots while first season sires represented there are He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach, Sweet Lou, Terror To Love and The Best Madrik.
The Australian buying bench is expected to be strong once again, with a number of Perth-based horsemen present at the sale yard on Sunday doing inspections.
The sale will continue in Christchurch on Tuesday after with a trotters-only session of 43 lots.
Wednesday sees the premier pacing session, with 196 lots down to go through the ring as of Sunday afternoon, before a supplementary session rounds out proceedings late in the day, a further 55 lots catalogued for that.
Rookie sires represented in Christchurch include Gold Ace, Shadyshark Hanover and Trixton.