Karaka Ready to Run

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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