New Zealand’s internationally renowned thoroughbred auction house is expanding in to the standardbred sector.
And its ambitious CEO says he will shake-up the public sale market as the harness racing industry knows it.
New Zealand Bloodstock announced on Thursday that from 2019 it will hold standardbred auctions in New Zealand.
It will start with yearling sales in both Auckland and Christchurch in February and plans on expanding to mixed bloodstock sales and a ‘ready to run’ sale too.
CEO Andrew Seabrook says he started looking in to the idea after getting lobbied by numerous industry heavyweights.
“We’ve been getting approached by breeders for years, to be fair.
“But in the last few months that has really heightened and we’ve been encouraged.
“It’s quite remarkable, really, the number of breeders that have told us we should be involved in the game again for the first time since 1987.”
Seabrook was not about to saunter in and do a middling job, though.
He had to be ‘all in’.
“We’re not entering this lightly to let it go along like it has been.
“We really want to make a difference and take it to another level.
“It will take time, but I really believe that with the NZB machine behind it, we can really transform this.”
Harness Racing New Zealand’s chairman, Ken Spicer, himself a commercial breeder, trumpeted the announcement.
“From the breeders I have been talking to, there was a groundswell of support for this change.
“This is exciting and I think could be the best thing for the industry in the last ten years.
“Harness Racing New Zealand had some reservations about the direction the sales were going, but we are buoyed by the fact that a company as successful as New Zealand Bloodstock have shown faith in our industry.”
Peter Moore, General Manager of Livestock for PGG Wrightson, was not available for comment this afternoon.
- NZ Harness News