The Broodmare Session also posted big gains on last year’s results with breeders keen to invest in the day’s offering.

The highest price paid at the Sale in history was recorded when Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen bid to $405,000 forLot 464, Galaktika (NZ) (Thorn Park), the half-sister to Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ) (Tavistock) who carries the farm’s distinctive red colours.

Again in foal to Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu), Galaktika is therefore carrying a three-quarter-sibling to the triple Group One winner and was consigned for Hong Kong-based owner Dominic Li by George and Maryanne Simon’s Mana Park.

“It was Dominic’s idea to market her at this sale,” said George Simon.

“With the price she fetched it’s very satisfying – we’re all thrilled with the result.”

With Rosemont having also bought into Group One VRC Derby winner Tarzino (NZ) (Tavistock), Victoria-based visitor Mithen was at Karaka to secure more of Cambridge Stud’s exciting young sire’s blood, bidding to $100,000 for Mapperley’sLot 411, Volksbelle (NZ) (Volksraad) who is in foal to the sire.

“With all things combined I knew Galaktika would be very popular here in this very buoyant market, but she was the mare I really wanted to take home one way or another,” said Mithen.

“We have a couple locked away to Tavistock and that is the obvious mating again this year but in time she has been bought to go to Tarzino who races in our colours.”

“We bought Volksbelle earlier in the sale and she will go to him too. Long term we’ll work out what we do with them but chances are both mares will stay in New Zealand for at least the next 12 months.”