Pin- hook will lift in­ter­est in Karaka wean­ling sale

Weekend Herald - - WHAT’S ON - Michael Guerin

One of har­ness rac­ing’s great­est pin­hook­ing sto­ries could help in­crease in­ter­est in to­mor­row’s wean­ling sale at Karaka.

The an­nual au­tumn sales are on for wean­lings and all aged stock to­mor­row and then in Christchurch on June 2, the day be­fore the Jewels.

It was a man on his way to last sea­son’s Jewels who pro­vided the story of this sale 12 months ago when Ken Breckon stopped in at Karaka to pay $ 44,000 for a brother to his next day Jewels win­ner Par­tyon.

Named Kokomo Beach, Breckon on­sold the colt 10 months later at the Karaka year­ling sales for $ 187,500, one of the big­gest pin- hook­ing jobs in New Zealand har­ness rac­ing his­tory.

While the prac­tice of buy­ing wean­lings and grow­ing them for the year­ling sales is long- es­tab­lished in thor­ough­bred rac­ing, it is still rel­a­tively rare in har­ness rac­ing.

The big­gest seller will be all- pow­er­ful Wood­lands Stud, who have 60 lots go­ing un­der the ham­mer in­clud­ing 25 by first sea­son stal­lion Sweet Lou.

“Quite sim­ply we breed so many horses we don’t want to hold on to them all un­til the year­ling sales for eco­nomic rea­sons,” says Wood­lands prin­ci­pal An­drew Gri­er­son.

“So we are happy to put some through here and if peo­ple go on to make a big profit like Ken did this year then that is great.”

The sale has seen group one stars such as Par­tyon, Be­sot­ted and Hard Copy go through the ring cheaply so it’s one of the cheaper ways to get into race­horse own­er­ship.

The Wood­lands lots aside Alabar will put through one of the more sought af­ter wean­lings, with a Sun­shine Beach colt half brother to re­cent WA Oaks win­ner Maczaf­fair.

The open day pa­rade is from 1pm un­til 4pm today.

To­mor­row’s sale at Karaka starts at noon.

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