Mr Tiz leaves fond mem­o­ries

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ex­cep­tional re­sult for Mark Chittick and his wife Lisa since tak­ing own­er­ship of the op­er­a­tion nearly two years ago.

Other lo­cal ven­dors to do well dur­ing the big week of sell­ing at Karaka in­cluded Rich Hill Stud, who had a top price of $375,000 and fin­ished fourth on the Pre­mier Sale av­er­ages ta­ble as well as find­ing a ready mar­ket for prog­eny of their first sea­son sire Shock­ing.

Bland­ford Lodge left it to the last mem­ber of its Pre­mier of­fer­ing to se­cure a top price of $375,000.

Once again the buy­ers’ bench was led by Te Akau’s David El­lis, who hit the ground run­ning in the open­ing ses­sion and ended up with 35 Pre­mier pur­chases to­talling $6,420,000, with another eight lots from the Se­lect cat­a­logue at $391,500.

The ma­jor­ity of those year­lings are des­tined for syn­di­ca­tion and mem­ber­ship of the Ja­son Bridg­man team, while over­all there will be no short­age of fresh blood en­ter­ing lo­cal sta­bles given the level of buy­ing by var­i­ous other Mata­mata train­ers.

Gra­ham Richard­son, the Wex­ford team led by Lance O’Sul­li­van, Paul Moroney on be­half of Bal­ly­more Sta­bles, Paul and Kris Shailer, Peter and Kim McKay, Lance Noble, Stephen Autridge and Ja­son Price were amongst those who also took home nu­mer­ous year­lings, so there will be no lack of com­pe­ti­tion when it comes to fi­nal­is­ing own­ers for the new in­take.

The McKay sta­ble was to the fore at Te Rapa last Satur­day when the Great North­ern Guineas win­ner Puc­cini showed class and courage to add the $100,000 Darci Bra­ham Waikato Guineas.

The half-brother to iron-horse Sir Slick shapes as a lead­ing prospect for the TV3 New Zealand Derby.

A more im­me­di­ate date looms for the Ja­son Bridg­man-trained Flam­ing, who capped fourth plac­ings at her three pre­vi­ous starts with an im­pres­sive win the Te Rapa tow-year-old race.

That per­for­mance con­firmed a start in the $100,000 J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mataBreed­ers’ Stakes on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Great pur­chase: Waikato Stud’s top priced Karaka year­ling, the Sav­abeel-Splash­ing Out colt pur­chased by David El­lis for $500,000.

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