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Richmond Riches Runaway Success
30 November 20178
SUNDAY’S Ladbrokes-sponsored Richmond Riches Puppy Auction has been declared a runaway success with 90 lots going under the hammer at an average sale price of $5,759.
Boasting some of Australia’s best bred pups across a star-studded catalogue, total sales for the day exceeded half-a-million dollars, with the average sale price well up on the 2014 and 2015 Richmond Riches Puppy Auctions, with 2016 not staged owing to the uncertain future of the industry in NSW at the time.
“The committee was over the moon with the success of the day – it showcased our industry in a terrific light as we look forward following what’s been a difficult couple of years,” said Richmond GRC General Manager Brad Adam.
“I want to extend a big thank you to all the breeders that got behind the Auction and all that turned up and supported the day. Our volunteers and helpers did an amazing job and it was fantastic to see so much confidence amongst everyone in attendance.
“After missing last year following two very successful years our committee took a real leap of faith reinstating the Richmond Riches this year and growing on the great work previously done. I think Sunday’s positive outcome is vindication for their decision and showed how important these days are for our industry.” On a day of spirited bidding, the sale-topper was lot 40 - knocked down for $14,000 - a red fawn son of Dyna Double One and Clockwise, dam of Group 1 winner Fast Times, runner-up to Mister Twister in this year’s Richmond Riches Puppy Classic Final.
The second highest was lot 99 at $13,000, a black and brindle son of Fernando Bale and successful brood Clay Model, the dam responsible for Canberra and Goulburn Cup winning star Champion Model.
Breeder Clay Mullens opted to buy back the five pups from the litter he had up for Auction – going for a cool $43,000 in total - attracting plenty of interest from bidders throughout the afternoon.
Knocked down for $10,000 was lot 84, another red fawn son of Dyna Double One and Clockwise, while lot 45, a son of Kinloch Brae and 2015 Listed Ultra Sense winner Flash Earner, also went for $10,000.
The 90 pups that went through Sunday’s Richmond Riches Puppy Auction are now eligible for the adjoining 2019 Race Series’, with another 22 pups also eligible, with their owners taking advantage of the new ‘Tier 1’ ticket initiative – paying up for direct acceptance. “The Club has guaranteed a total prize pool for the 2019 Series of $55,000 and we should be in a position to declare the final pool in the coming weeks,” added Adam.
“I’d also like to acknowledge the support of all our sponsors on the day, in particular Ladbrokes, who continue to support our industry in such amazing fashion.” The polished processes in place are a credit to the club. And, while there will be just one winner of the 2019 Richmond Riches Series, breeders are the real beneficiaries. The Auction provides a stress free entry level for new owners, syndicates and for longer-term participants to propagate a new pedigree.
Richmond had great backing from their sponsors but the long-term tenure is reliant upon GRNSW supporting the breeding industry to the extent that they underwrite its continuance. Sunday was invigorating and put smiles on faces. We just need to keep ‘em there!
I was fortunate enough to meet a group of 10 lads at Sunday’s Auction - seven new to greyhound ownership. They arrived with a budget of $8,000, happy to be guided by the twists and turns of the day as to whether they’d depart with one or two pups, or even go home empty handed. As it turned out they purchased two very well bred pups by days end, going slightly over budget – to the tune of $500.
10 happier people you would not find – elated with their new found purchases. Seven new owners introduced to greyhound racing – a perfect example of the great platform the Richmond Riches offers the industry.