Andrew Williams Steps Up At Karaka Sale
Tuesday, 9 May 2017: Following on from last year’s record-breaker, this year’s edition delivered a variety of highlights including a new Day One top price of $NZ175,000.
Lot 217, a son of Holy Roman Emperor offered by Dan Myers and knocked down to the successful bid of Sydney based ex-pat kiwi Andrew Williams.
Williams was also active earlier in the day purchasing under his newly established Andrew Williams Bloodstock banner, paying $170,000 for a son of Savabeel out of multiple stakes-winning mare Avisto presented by Curraghmore.
Purchasers from Australia, Hong Kong & Singapore purchased 22 Lots for $911,200, whilst domestic buyers spent $2,019,300 for 130 horses. The clearance rate ended the day at a healthy 78%.
Andrew Williams recently established his own bloodstock company in Sydney and enjoyed a successful maiden buying foray to Karaka.
Originally from Waikato, Williams graduated in 2007 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, Accounting & Marketing and he subsequently earned a place on the 2007 Darley Flying Start programme.
He gained work experience at the Keeneland Sales in the United States and with renowned trainer Michael Jarvis, followed by a stint with Roger Varian in Newmarket and David Hayes in Australia.
This was followed by four years with Darley America in Kentucky, a stint with the international agency Blandford Bloodstock and a spell with Arrowfield Stud in Australia.
The progeny of Savabeel were in demand on Monday with the Dannevirke-based horseman David Hayes going to $120,000 for a colt from the Cambria Park draft. He is out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Ametsis.
Purchased by Hayes on behalf of an English client, the youngster will be returning to Karaka next year for the yearling sales.