Take a punt on rac­ing at sales

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The largest thor­ough­bred breed­ing stock auc­tion of the year is fast ap­proach­ing with New Zealand Blood­stock’s Na­tional Wean­ling, Brood­mare & Mixed Blood­stock Sale on May 12 and 13 at Karaka.

The sale caters to the needs of ev­ery buyer with 540 horses cat­a­logued for sale rang­ing from wean­lings, brood­mares, year­lings, two- year- olds, un­raced stock, horses-in-train­ing, race­horses and stal­lion shares.

Buy­ers with any budget can find a horse to suit their re­quire­ments whether look­ing for a $1000 bar­gain or a horse from proven blood­lines worth $100,000 or above.

There is plenty of in­cen­tive to pur­chase a wean­ling at the sale with the aver­age price last year sit­ting just be­low $11,000, and grad­u­ates of the sale suc­ceed­ing on the race­track and at auc­tion this sea­son.

Mel­bourne’s renowned Spring Car­ni­val has been a happy hunt­ing ground for Na­tional Wean­ling Sale grad­u­ate Solzhen­it­syn (NZ) (St Peters­burg) as he tri­umphed in his sec­ond suc­ces­sive Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap this sea­son, be­com­ing the fifth horse in the race’s 132- year his­tory to win back- to- back run­nings of the event.

Back home in New Zealand, Mata­mata trained gal­loper Puc­cini ( NZ) ( En­costa de Lago) dom­i­nated the three- year- old rank­ings this sea­son, win­ning three Guineas races at Group 2 level be­fore suc­ceed­ing in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby – New Zealand’s sec­ond-rich­est race – for train­ers Peter and Ja­cob McKay.

The prac­tice of pin­hook­ing sees buy­ers pur­chase wean­lings at the sale to on-sell as year­lings at the Na­tional Year­ling Sales Se­ries in Jan­uary.

This process has been fruit­ful for a num­ber of buy­ers- turned­sellers with prof­its reach­ing up to $ 130,000 at this year’s sales se­ries.

Wal­ton- based farm Lands­downe Park tasted suc­cess this year at Karaka with two no­table prof­itable pin­hooks.

The oper­a­tion run by David Du­ley pur­chased a wean­ling by Pins for $9000 at the Na­tional Wean­ling Sale and then of­fered the filly as a year­ling at Karaka in Jan­uary, fetch­ing $75,000. They also pur­chased an Alam­osa colt last May for $25,000 then sold him for $ 70,000 eight months later.

Al­ways ex­cit­ing to see is a fresh batch of first sea­son sires with their old­est prog­eny en­ter­ing the sale ring for the first time as wean­lings.

This year’s sale will be the first chance to in­spect the off­spring of top- class race­horses such as Group 1 win­ners Cape Blanco, Gio Ponti, Poet’s Voice, Pour Moi, Red­wood, Un­cle Mo and lo­cal hero Jimmy Choux.

Bou­tique Mata­mata nurs­ery An­croft Stud has elected not to sell at the Na­tional Year­ling Sales Se­ries next year, and in­stead will fo­cus its en­tire crop on the Na­tional Wean­ling Sale with qual­ity stock by Pins, High Cha­parral, Rip Van Win­kle, Star­craft, Red­wood and Sakhee’s Se­cret.

There is plenty of in­ter­est in the brood­mare ses­sion of the sale with 209 lots up for auc­tion. This of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to buy a qual­ity mare to be­gin or add to your breed­ing stock. Among the en­tries are 12 mares by the great Zabeel, a cham­pion sire of race­horses who is be­com­ing just as ac­com­plished as a brood­mare sire.

Breed­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to buy a mare car­ry­ing the first foals of new sire Ocean Park ( Thorn Park) who is based at Mata­mata’s Waikato Stud. New Zealand’s reign­ing horse of the year was a five-time Group 1 win­ner last sea­son in­clud­ing the highly- es­teemed Group 1 Cox Plate and his first prog­eny are sure to at­tract in­ter­est when they are born later this year.

In ad­di­tion to the wean­lings and brood­mares is a se­lec­tion of year­lings, two-year-olds, un­raced stock, horses- in- train­ing and race­horses, of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­quire cur­rent rac­ing and/or breed­ing propo­si­tions.

The horses-in-train­ing ses­sion is in its fourth year and is for horses which have tri­alled, raced or breezed up for the NZB Ready to Run Sale this rac­ing sea­son and is an op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a ready­made race­horse.

A high­light of the ses­sion is the stakes win­ner Girl of My Dreams (NZ) (Gold Cen­tre), the win­ner of the Group 3 Taranaki 2YO Clas­sic last sea­son and a placeget­ter in the Listed Wan­ganui Guineas this sea­son.

New Zealand Blood­stock’s Na­tional Wean­ling, Brood­mare & Mixed Blood­stock Sale will be held on Mon­day May 12 and Tues­day May 13 at the Karaka Sales Com­plex with sell­ing com­menc­ing at 10am each day.

For fur­ther sale in­for­ma­tion and to view the cat­a­logue on­line visit www.nzb.co.nz.

Photo: SUP­PLIED.

On a roll: Mel­bourne’s renowned Spring Car­ni­val has been a happy hunt­ing ground for Na­tional Wean­ling Sale grad­u­ate Solzhen­it­syn (pic­tured) as he tri­umphed in his sec­ond suc­ces­sive Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap this sea­son, be­com­ing the fifth horse in the race’s 132-year his­tory to win backto-back run­nings of the event.

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