Perth agent John Chalmers led WA buyers at the NZB National Yearling Sale that finished on Friday with 9 lots totalling $760,000.

Chalmers has been a regular buyer for Peters Investments principal Bob Peters over the years at Karaka and his two most expensive Book 1 lots were purchased in conjunction with Byerley Bloodstock’s Liam Peters.  Top price of $300,000 was paid for the Ocean Park filly from Keeper mare Jacquetta (Lot 150) offered by Trelawney Stud.

She is a half-sister to Singapore 2022 Horse of the Year Lim’s Kosciuszko (Kermadec) who notched his seventh black-type victory in the Singapore Gold Cup (2000m) at Kranji in November.  “Super excited to have secured this quality filly,” Liam Peters said.  “She caught my eye on the farm tour back in December and, after seeing her again at the sales complex, we knew we couldn’t leave without her!”

The Contributer filly out of Starcraft mare Astardia (Lot 589) was next best at $130,000 from Mapperley Stud.  She is a half-sister to LR Mufhasa Stakes (1300m) winner Star Of Bombay (Atlante).

“Contributer boasts a very strong black-type strike-rate with his fillies,” Peters added.  “This one is a smooth-moving filly and can’t wait to see how she progresses.”

Chalmers also paid $100,000 for Trelawney Stud’s Contributer – Perroquet filly (Lot 306) that’s going to Pearce Racing and another $40,000 to Cambridge Stud for the Hello Youmzain – Via Veneto filly (Lot 515) on behalf of the same stable.

Byerley Bloodstock’s Liam Peters & John Chalmers (Photo / Western Racepix)

Peters Investments is having a quiet season compared to its own high standards in recent years with Group 1 winners the calibre of Truly Great, Arcadia Queen, Celebrity Queen, Superstorm, Western Empire, Graceful Girl and Regal Power.

The first Peters Investments-bred black-type winner for 2023-24 arrived on January 27 when Real Danger (I Am Invincible) landed the LR Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.  Lynward Park had purchased the mare after she carried the cerise and white silks to victory in the 2022 Mandurah Cup (1400m) at Pinjarra.

Real Danger won two in a row after the sale during last year’s Belmont winter season and was also runner-up to Ghost Who Walks in the LR Beaufine Stakes (1000m).  She stayed in training with Dan Morton after being covered by Playing God in September.