Global Buying Bench Interview With Bruce Perry, BP Bloodstock, NZ
Bruce Perry has been in the bloodstock business for the last 32 years. Last year he was one of the buyers who purchased the most number of horses in the Karaka National Yearling Sale. Perry specialises in consultancy and the buying and selling of quality thoroughbred horses for both home and internationally-based clients.
In an exclusive interview with The Impact, Perry talks about his plans for this year's edition of the same sale.
Q: Given your record setting purchases last year, what do you think sellers can expect from you in this 2019 sale, both in-terms of quantity and quality?
A: Much will depend on finding the individuals that have the all the qualities (type/pedigree) I look for. Rarely will I compromise so that dictates the numbers. Ideally I would like to buy close to 10 but if I end up with 4 or 5 that’s fine - as long as they are the ones I want.
Q: If I’m looking for something special which proven sires or young stallions would you recommend and why?
A: Top of the list is obviously Savabeel with whom we have had some outstanding results. He’s one sire that can make you look good. Makfi is another who has been very good to me as has Per Incanto.
Q: Has there been a recent time, when the sale price of a yearling has surprised you afterwards?
A: Not really. Nothing really surprises me anymore in this game.
Q: What energises you and brings you excitement?
A: Searching for the horse that basically talks to you. Ambitious Dragon was a prime example. You just seem to connect with them instantly. Unfortunately they are so few and far between, but when you do find him or her, rarely do they not run so it’s an amazing feeling.
Q: Has there ever been a near miss at the Karaka which still haunts you?
A: I prefer to remember the ones I didn’t get that turned out slow. You sleep better.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have been given?