South Island Sale Stacked With Quality

Lot 65 Ghibellines x Italian Miss

Taking place online on Gavelhouse Plus between May 28 and June 7, the South Island Sale looks a little different this year, but its catalogue remains right up to the usual standard expected from a New Zealand Bloodstock Sale.

There are 65 quality yearlings on offer, with plenty of close relatives to top-class racehorses and progeny of black-type performers. 

This year’s catalogue features a close relation to New Zealand’s reigning Horse of the Year, Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands).

Lot 36 is a colt by Highly Recommended out of Vannista Belle (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy). The colt is being offered by Clearview Park Stud, and his dam is a half-sister to the dam of the superstar mare. Herself a graduate of a New Zealand Bloodstock Sale, the Jamie Richards-trained Melody Belle has massively exceeded her $57,500 purchase price with 15 wins and more than $3.5 million in stakes from her 30-start career to date.

Continuing the Group One theme, Lot 65 is by Ghibellines out of the unraced Showcasing mare Italian Miss (NZ), a half-sister to The Party Stand (NZ) (Thorn Park). Trained by Roger James, The Party Stand won the Group One New Zealand Stakes (2000m) and Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m).

Check out the rest of the South Island Sale catalogue highlights here. 

Buyers will need to register on Gavelhouse Plus in advance, prior to the closure of selling and provide two credit references to gain bidding approval for the Sale.

For a deeper understanding of how the online auction process works, view the full step-by-step buyers guide here.

All horses have been inspected by NZB Agents who are available to assist buyers with enquiries.

Bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo has also seen majority of the catalogue and welcomes enquiries for an independent assessment. Contact Phill by calling 027 483 8578 or emailing For more information contact NZB Sales Representative Regan Donnison (+64 21 512 466 or email

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