Karaka Ready to Run
The New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale has firmly established itself as the leading sale of its kind in Australasia and the 2014 edition is fast approaching.
Selling on November 19 and 20 this year, the sale has produced an unparalleled 115 stakes wins in the past six seasons – the most of any comparable sale.
The sale has gone from strength- tostrength in recent times and in the past three seasons it has produced double the amount of stakes winners of any other sale of its kind in Australasia.
Last season produced four Group I winners – the only 2-year-old sale in Australasia to produce a Group I winner in the season. Three races at the highest level were won domestically.
The season kicked off with Atlante (Fastnet Rock) triumphing in the Group I New Zealand 2000 Guineas. Hardy galloper Nashville (NZ) (Darci Brahma) added a second Group I Haunui Farm WFA Classic to his tally. Rounding out the season was up and coming galloper Albany Reunion (Fastnet Rock) who captured the Group I Easter Handicap.
On the international scene, it was Glorious Days (Hussonet) flying the flag with victory in the Group I Hong Kong Mile – the fourth consecutive year a Karaka graduate has won what was the world’s richest mile race.
Matamata sire Savabeel (NZ) continues to have great success with graduates of the Ready to Run Sale. The Waikato Stud sire has developed a knack of leaving a leading three-year-old with Group I VRC Derby aspirations.
In 2011 Savabeel’s son Sangster (NZ) romped to victory in the 2500m classic at Flemington. Sangster was a bargain $19,000 purchase from the Ready to Run Sale and went onto win four Group I races in his illustrious career.
Last year it was another son of Savabeel and Ready to Run Sale graduate Savvy Nature (NZ) who entered the Group I VRC Derby as race- favourite. He earned the favouritism with victories in the Group III Spring Stakes and the Group II Mitchelton Wines Vase.
This year’s spring has unearthed the promising staying 3-year-old Atmosphere (NZ), also a son of Savabeel and a Ready to Run Sale graduate. Purchased less than a year ago at the Karaka Sale, Atmosphere went into the Derby with second placings in the Listed UCI Stakes and the Group II Mitchelton Wines Vase.
This year’s Ready to Run Sale has attracted a catalogue of 396 2-year-olds.
There are 49 siblings to stakes winners including siblings to Group I winners Alinghi, Bel Sprinter, Serenade Rose, Guiseppina, Tully Thunder and Titch.
There is also the progeny of 40 stakes winners including the offspring of Group I winners Aqua d’Amore, Dane Ripper, Miss Raggedy Ann and The Party Stand.
With 115 sires represented there is a full spectrum of bloodlines for a range of budgets.
Each horse has been given the opportunity to gallop down the home straight at Te Rapa racecourse in Hamilton, with the last 200 metres of their work timed and filmed for potential buyers. Clips can be viewed online at nzb.co.nz.
The Ready to Run Sale is at the Karaka Sales Complex next Wednesday and Thursday and open to the public.
CELEBRATING: Matamata Bridge Club held its 60th birthday at the club rooms last Tuesday. Members enjoyed a light lunch and a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion. Cutting the birthday cake were, from left, life member Sonia Crawford, patron Sadie Swap, life member Anne Ring and Audrey Langlands, whose parents were benefactors of the bridge club.