KARAKA 2012: Some of the Premier Sale's best Mon, 30 Jan 2012
A son of boom sire Fastnet Rock has been tipped as the headline act in another star-studded Cambridge Stud draft for New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale at Karaka.
Remarkably, Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan’s world famous nursery has been the leading vendor by aggregate for the last three decades and in 2012 they are in a powerful position to defend their title with an outstanding consignment of young blue-bloods.
“The half-brother to King’s Rose is a superstar,” says Cambridge Stud general manager Marcus Corban. “He’s not a big and heavy Fastnet Rock, just a beautiful colt and full of quality.” At Lot 353 in the mid-section of second day Premier action, the colt is out of Nureyev’s Girl, whose daughter King’s Rose was the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year who later transferred to Peter Moody’s Melbourne stable to claim the Gr. 2 Memsie Stakes and placed in the Gr. 1 Emirates Stakes and Toorak Handicap.
“The colt by More Than Ready (Lot 416) out of the O’Reilly mare Salsa is another quality individual,” Corban said. “It’s a mating Patrick planned and he’s a real running colt.” A stakes-winner and Group One-placed in the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, Salsa’s only foal to race has won and is from the family of the exciting Gr.3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Somepin Anypin.
“The Zabeel out of Femmebot (Lot 196) is a top colt with a nice pedigree,” Corban said. “He’s a real Zabeel, a lovely walker with a great attitude and he also ticks all the boxes. He’ll sell very well.”
Among Cambridge Stud’s array of beautifully bred Premier fillies, Corban singled out daughters of Zabeel (Lot 281) and High Chaparral (Lot 159) as two to set the ring alight. “The Zabeel out of La Quinta Gold is a magnificent filly – big and strong with a great walk. The High Chaparral out of Diamond Like is the Eight Carat family and she’s absolute class. There’s a lot of Danehill about her with a beautiful High Chaparral head, a real European classic filly.”
Curraghmore Stud’s Premier draft features a Zabeel filly (Lot 204) who is expected to have a wealth of admirers, being from the top international family of Gr.1 Epsom Oaks winner Dancing Rain and the champion European filly Maybe.
“She’s a very mature Zabeel filly with great quality, sound conformation and a classic pedigree,” Curraghmore principal Gordon Cunningham said. “The Fastnet Rock filly (Lot 475) out of the Woodman mare Suitely has a great physique, strongly made and uses herself very well.” Rothesay and Stryker are stakes-winning examples of the Fastnet Rock-Woodman cross.
A son of High Chaparral (Lot 67) out of Bella Danseuse, a half-sister to the champion stayer and triple Group One winner Efficient and Group Two winner Guillotine, will present as one of the farm’s top colts. “He’s a quality individual with plenty of strength and presence,” Cunningham said. “The Galileo-Astonish (Lot 54) is another top colt and the Stravinsky-Clarissa (Lot 120) offers a lot of promise as well. The Northern Meteor-Telegraph Gal (Lot 486) and the Encosta de Lago-Myrrh (Lot 344) are other outstanding colts.”
RICH HILL STUD
Rich Hill Stud’s Premier Sale draft features a host of quality yearlings by their foundation sire Pentire. “We’ve got a great line-up and the colt out of In The Midnight (Lot 251) is one of the best we’ve ever presented,” John Thompson says. “He’s a top quality, athletic individual. The brother to Kincaple (Lot 271) is a lovely, well balanced type and the Pentire out of Ladies Choice (Lot 275) is another stand-out.”
The farm will also be offering representatives of the first crop of Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy. “The colt (Lot 458) out of Star Parade is a lengthy, staying sort with a great walk.”
Taking pride of place in the Waikato Stud broodmare band are the top flight winners Glamour Puss and Legs, both of whom are represented in the Premier Sale by Pins (Lot 216) and O’Reilly (Lot 287) colts respectively.
“They are the first two yearlings we’ve sold out of the mares,” studmaster Mark Chittick said. Glamour Puss posted nine wins including the Gr. 1
Waikato Stud’s Pins colt (Lot 453) out of the Melbourne Group winner Splashing Out (O’Reilly) is described as “a cracker”, while the Savabeel colt (Lot 512) out of the Gr. 2
A half-brother to Gr.1
The family also features star spring three-year-old Antonio Lombardo, who has a half-sister (Lot 374), also by O’Reilly, in the draft. “She’s extremely athletic with a nice bit of scope about her,” Taylor said. South African Group One winner Gold Onyx and the stakes winners Vigor, Joey Massino and Vincent Mangano all jump out of her pedigree page.
“The Sebring-Eden Valley colt (Lot 177) has plenty of quality and is out by an exciting young sire out of a Zabeel mare,” Taylor said. “The Street Cry filly (Lot 283) out of La Sizeranne is a big, strong type from a fantastic family as well.” It includes the multiple Group One winner and champion sire Lonhro.
WINDSOR PARK STUD
General manager Steve Till doesn’t hesitate in nominating Waikato Stud’s most prized offering. “Without a doubt the star attraction is the High Chaparral colt out of La Souvenir,” he said of Lot 284. “He’s a three-quarter blood brother to So You Think and he’s a headline act, a very relaxed, good-walking individual.”
High Chaparral is also the sire of the colt (Lot 69) out of the Golan mare Barrachdail Lass. “He’s a three-quarter blood brother to Monaco Consul and is an attractive and well conformed individual,” Till said.
“I’ve also got a lot of time for the Thorn Park-Fragile Asset colt (Lot 207). He’s bred on the same cross as Ocean Park and there’s a lot of Zabeel in this lad.” He represents the family of the Australian and New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonecrusher.
“One of our top fillies is the High Chaparral (Lot 36) out of Akela and a half-sister to the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes winner Lady Kipling,” Till said. “She’s a very good natured and well developed filly.”
The Pencarrow Stud draft features Lot 279, an impressive O’Reilly colt out of the Zabeel mare Lafleur who won the Gr. 2 Royal Stakes and Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and was placed in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks. “She’s a lovely, quality type and much in the mould of her mother who was a beautiful mare,” Pencarrow manager Leon Casey said. “She’s a natural sale horse.”
He was also keen on a son of Alamosa (Lot 272) out of Kirin Belle, the dam of five winners including the Gr.2 Queensland Guineas winner Winning Belle and Gr.3 Taranaki Cup winner Our Ella Belle. “He’s a really strong, mature colt with plenty of bone,” Casey said.
Pencarrow’s Danehill Dancer colt (Lot 46) is another tipped to have widespread appeal. He is out of the Thunder Gulch mare Anatomy, who won the Gr.3 Lindauer Grandeur Stakes and both her foals to race have been winners. This is also the family of the Gr.1 Japan Cup winner Marvelous Crown.
“Of the fillies, the Fastnet Rock (Lot 297) out of the Sunday Silence mare Love Connection is a really good, strong type,” Casey said. She is a half-sister to the multiple winner Stanica, who was also runner-up in the Gr.1 Avondale Gold Cup.
THE OAKS STUD
A favourite of The Oaks Stud general manager Rick Williams is Lot 169, the son of Darci Brahma and stakes-placed mare Dominant. “Of all the Darci Brahmas I’ve bred he’s the one who is most like his sire,” he said of the close relation to class gallopers Domino, Westminster and Hero.
“The Sakhee’s Secret colt (Lot 29) out of Zaabi is a really good type, as is the filly (Lot 30) from Zaria.” They are both out of Zabeel mares with the Zaabi colt from a half-sister to the Group One performer Pure Theatre, while Zaria is a sister to the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks winner Zagalia. “The Authorized colt (Lot 351) out of Nostalgic is a lovely sort and very much like his sire, a nice, staying type of colt,” Williams said.
Buoyed by the impact made by Alamosa at the recent Magic Millions Sale, Wellfield Lodge will head to Karaka full of confidence with an outstanding line-up of yearlings by their freshman sire.
The multiple Group One-winning son of O’Reilly was represented by just one lot on the Gold Coast and she left the sale ring with a A$205,000 price tag on her head.
“It was a stunning result for a first foal by a Kiwi-bred first-season sire,” Wellfield’s marketing manager Huw Taylor said. “It was an absolute vindication of the type of horse he’s leaving.”
Among the Premier offering by Alamosa is a colt (Lot 37) who is a half-brother to the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Planet Rock. “He’s a stunning, leggy colt who’s going to be very popular,” Taylor said. “The colt (Lot 27) out of You Beauty is a half-brother to the 1000 Guineas runner-up Abeautifulred, Bird Of Fire, a Group Two and Three winner in Australia, and metropolitan winner Shezaten. He’s a lovely, close-coupled type.”
Among Wellfield’s Alamosa fillies, Taylor said the daughter of Gr.2 New Zealand Cup winner Everswindell (Lot 185) is a stand-out. “She’s a beautiful individual and a first foal any breeder dreams of. The filly (Lot 160) out of Diamond Schwarz is another beauty and she does look a precocious type.”
Westbury Stud will present a unique youngster as Lot 77 in their Premier draft, the only yearling by champion sire Redoute’s Choice to be sold in New Zealand. “He is the first foal of Bellini Rose who was a high class racemare and he’s a lovely, big and rangy colt who is very correct and good-boned,” Westbury general manager Russell Warwick said.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Commands colt (Lot 450) who is bred on the same cross as the Group One winner Purple. Zabeel mares are having a fantastic run and this colt’s got a great walk and a big, bold head on him.” The son of Fastnet Rock (Lot 427) out of a winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare also held plenty of appeal. “He’s matured into a really nice horse,” Warwick said.
“We’ve got some cracking fillies, with a well balanced and muscular Zabeel (Lot 496) - and they are a rare commodity at sales now - who will find favour with a lot of buyers. The Stratum (Lot 339) out of More Assertive is from the family of Reset and Assertive Lad and she’s a really powerful type, while of all the yearlings we’ve got the Bernardini (Lot 151) out of the Danehill mare Dawn Almighty is probably the most precocious.”
Hallmark Stud will present a filly with impeccable credentials that is certain to make waves in the ring. Lot 329 is a filly by Pentire out of Miss Katella, who is a half-sister to the dual Group One winner Gee I Jane and to Broodmare of the Year Miss Jessie Jay who has produced the age group champions Katie Lee and Banchee. “She’s a superstar and has turned the most heads at our parades,” Mark Baker said. From the same family that Hallmark Stud has had such a wonderful association with is Lot 325, a High Chaparral colt is described as correct and a great mover.
“The Fastnet Rock filly (Lot 409) is in the mould of the best daughters of Fastnet Rock and the Duke Of Marmalade colt (Lot 175) is an imposing, powerful type with a bomb-proof nature,” Baker said. “Another stand-out is the colt by Darci Brahma (Lot 187) who is a cracking individual and is ticking all the boxes – he’ll sell really well.”
LITTLE AVONDALE STUD
Little Avondale are expecting fireworks early in the sale with the fifth entry in the catalogue, their daughter of Alamosa from the Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Vedodara. “She is a gorgeous type and should be on every breeders’ list,” Sam Williams said. “She’s the only filly in the catalogue who is a daughter of a stakes winner and who is a half-sister to three other black-type performers.”
Vedodara is the dam of the Gr.1 Avondale Gold Cup winner Sharvasti who is also represented in the Premier section by a Thorn Park colt (Lot 432). “He is a very, very impressive horse – big, strong and a loose-walking type,” Williams said.
“The Darci Brahma-Trigon Lass (Lot 504) is another impressive individual, as is the Darci Brahma-Rapid Kay (Lot 392) who is very similar to his father. He’s got a lot of presence about him, a real athlete and one of my favourites,” says Williams.
The headline horse in Phoenix Park’s consignment promises to be Lot 491, the Fastnet Rock colt out of the dual Group One winner The Jewel. “He’s a stunner and oozes quality all over and much in the cut of his mother,” Janine Dunlop said.
“The Savabeel-Ennerdale colt (Lot 182) is an absolute ripper. He’s strong, looks precocious and has a lot of natural muscle. The Darci Brahma-Showileo (Lot 438) is out of a half-sister to Showcause and he’s quite a precocious colt who will go on at three.”
Lot 457, the son of O’Reilly and Star Affair, a Gr.2 Travis Stakes winning half-sister to The Jewel, is described as a neat, tidy and correct package, while the daughter of High Chaparral and the Zabeel mare All By Myself (Lot 42) is Oaks material. “She’s got a lot of Zabeel about her and is a three-quarter-brother to Single, who is rated a Group horse in Sydney,” Dunlop said. “It’s a beautiful English family.”
Lyndhurst Farm principals Mark and Shelley Treweek have high expectations of Lot 215 in their Premier draft, an Encosta de Lago colt out of the four-time Group One winner Giovana. “His full-brother Medici topped the sale a few years ago and this one is a good, strong and athletic type with a great pedigree,” Mark Treweek said.
“We’ve got three High Chaparral colts and they will all be very popular. The one out of Sweet Pearla (Lot 479) has been really well received at our parades, the colt out of the Avondale Cup winner Creil (lot 130) is a lovely type with a strong rear-end and the colt out of Tycoon’s Gold (Lot 510), who’s by the super broodmare sire Last Tycoon, is another outstanding type who really catches the eye.”
Shelby Park’s Darci Brahma filly (Lot 189) is a half-sister to stakes winner Extra Explosive and has the looks to match her pedigree. “She is drop-dead gorgeous and is well balanced - a cracking type,” Glenda Skinner said.
A star of the parades has been the colt by Stravinsky (Lot 188) who is an outstanding individual. “He’s typical of the best of the Stravinskys with a lovely rein and a lot of natural muscle,” Skinner said. “The Savabeel colt (Lot 303) is another attractive type with a great walk, very athletic.” He is out of the Cape Cross mare Ma, who is a half-sister to the Gr.2 Warwick Stakes winner What Can I Say. From the same family is Shelby’s daughter of Keeper (Lot 115) out of the Zabeel mare Chi, a filly described as a lovely individual with plenty of scope.
Lot 221, a colt by Darci Brahma, promises to be one of Wentwood Grange’s top Premier lots. His dam, the Gold Brose mare Gold Class, has had two foals to race for two winners, including the Listed stakes winner Gold Rum. “He’s a big, strong type and the High Chaparral (Lot 495) is also very classy and has a lovely walk on him,” Dean Hawkins said. He is out of the Australian-bred mare The Quarewan, whose Shamardal colt made $325,000 last year.
The stand-out filly in the draft is the daughter of O’Reilly (Lot 312) who is out of the Danehill mare Markita, a three-quarter-sister to Danewin and Commands from the famed Eight Carat family. “She just ticks all the boxes on type and pedigree,” Hawkins said.
One of the feature lots from Seaton Park is a Stravinsky colt (Lot 306) who is a half-brother to three winners from the family of multiple Group One winner and successful sire Grosvenor. “He’s got a lovely pedigree and there aren’t too many Stravinskys in the sale and this one is a stand-out,” Scott Eagleton said.
A son of Snitzel (Lot 463) is a brother to dual Australian juvenile winner Amorino, who finished sixth in last week’s Magic Millions Classic, and is another expected to enjoy widespread appeal. “He’s a really nice type and will attract plenty of interest,” Eagleton said.
Mapperley Stud will for the first time in recent years be selling at the Premier and Select Sales under their own banner and Simms Davidson is delighted with the quality and depth they will offer. Among those featured will be six highly regarded progeny of High Chaparral.
“They are all top individual with a couple of cracking colts (Lots137 & 300) and fillies out of stakes-performed mares (Lots 140, 252, 327, 333),” Davison said. “The two Thorn Park fillies (Lots 39 & 226) will be well sought after and the colt by the same stallion (Lot 38) is another great type. The Red Ransom filly (Lot 131) is from a fantastic filly, the O’Reilly colt (Lot 497) is a lovely type and the Guillotine (Lot 489) is a fantastic individual.
“It’s a great selection and there are some cracking horses in the Select as well and something for everyone - they’re all very hard to fault.”
A former successful professional rugby player, Davison returned three years ago to the family-owned farm which has an enviable record as a producer of top flight performers. “There have been nine Group One winners to carry the Mapperley brand in the last six years and three Group One winners overseas with Sangster in Australia, Clint who won the Singapore Derby and So You Think in Europe,” he said.