Horses at Karaka sold ready to run

Matamata Chronicle - - Farming -

New Zealand Blood­stock’s Ready to Run Sale of twoyear-olds is a lead­ing source of well-ed­u­cated, top per­form­ing thor­ough­breds and will be held at Karaka on Novem­ber 20 and 21.

The source of nine in­di­vid­ual Group I win­ners in the past five years, the Ready to Run Sale has proven a model of con­sis­tency, pro­duc­ing an av­er­age of 14 in­di­vid­ual stakes win­ners per sea­son for the pst five sea­sons, mak­ing it the most suc­cess­ful sale of twoyear-olds in Aus­trala­sia.

The sale has also seen a num­ber of grad­u­ates suc­cess­ful in cov­eted Derby races. Since 2010 the Ready to Run Sale has cel­e­brated six Derby win­ners head­lined by NZ Derby win­ner Mil­i­tary Move (Volk­sraad), Queens­land Derby win­ner Shootoff (Du­elled) and VRC Derby win­ner Sang­ster (Sav­abeel).

This con­sis­tency of stakes suc­cess each sea­son has been a big sell­ing point for the sale and one that has set it apart as the lead­ing source of top per­form­ing pre-trained two-year-olds.

This, com­bined with the dis­tinct at­trac­tion of hav­ing the horses pre­pared and ‘‘ready to run’’ as soon as they leave the Karaka ring has meant the sale has al­ways at­tracted a strong level of sup­port from New Zealand buy­ers.

Last year lo­cal buy­ers spent just over $4 mil­lion on 72 horses, the most twoyear-olds pur­chased by any coun­try at the sale.

This year’s cat­a­logue has swelled from last year, with 407 en­tries across two days.

Among the se­lec­tion are sib­lings to more than 30 stakes win­ners, in­clud­ing Group 1 win­ners Silent Achiever, Pasta Post, Green Birdie, Young Cen­taur and Gal­lic, and two- year- olds from Group 1 win­ning mares Dee­bee Belle ( Bin Ajwaad), Fayre­from (Tights) and Miore (Crested Wave).

The sale also fea­tures two-year-olds by an ex­pan­sive lineup of lead­ing sires with 115 in­di­vid­ual stal­lions from New Zealand and Aus­tralia rep­re­sented.

In­cluded in the Kiwi con­tin­gent are young sires Alam­osa, Guil­lo­tine, Sakhee’s Se­cret and Sir Percy whose first crops are two-year-olds this sea­son.

They are well sup­ported by up- and- com­ing sires in­clud­ing Any Sug­ges­tion, Darci Brahma, Falkirk, Fast ’ N’ Fa­mous, If­fraaj and Sav­abeel and proven Kiwi sires Keeper, O’Reilly, Pen­tire, Pins, Stravin­sky, Thorn Park, Volk­sraad, Zabeel and more.

The sale will also fea­ture some of the last New Zealand-con­ceived prog­eny of High Cha­parral with six two-year-olds in the sale.

This year’s cat­a­logue will also of­fer two-year-olds by most of Aus­tralia’s top stal­lions. The cat­a­logue fea­tures seven two-year-olds by Fast­net Rock, five by En­costa de Lago with sires Bernar­dini, Ex­ceed and Ex­cel, Fly­ing Spur, Red­oute’s Choice, Star­craft, Stra­tum, Testa Rossa and more all rep­re­sented.

The Breeze Ups for New Zealand Blood­stock’s Ready to Run Sale have been com­pleted and saw a to­tal of 367 two- year- olds go through their paces.

DVD copies of the Breeze Ups (for tele­vi­sion and PC) are now avail­able and can be re­quested from New Zealand Blood­stock.

Clips can also be viewed on­line at or on the free Equine­line iPad ap­pli­ca­tion.

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