Fresh on the scene and full of po­ten­tial

The Sportsman Weekend - - Karaka 2019 - SHAYNE O’CASS

GOLDEN Slip­per win­ner Van­cou­ver and twice New Zealand Horse of the Year Mon­go­lian Khan head up a bril­liant crop of first sea­son sires with prog­eny at Karaka in 2019. The pair are among 18 first timers join­ing a hand­ful of Hunter Val­ley heavy­weights such as Dar­ley’s Golden Rose win­ner Ex­o­sphere, barn­mate and Don­caster win­ner Ker­madec as well as their UK mile cham­pion Night Of Thun­der. Vin­ery has Press State­ment and Sil­ver Slip­per win­ner Head­wa­ter rep­re­sented, while Ar­row­field will be keen to see how the mar­ket re­acts their Aus­tralia/Ja­pan Group 1 win­ner Real Im­pact, who has two in the main sale. Clearly, though, the Coolmore team have a siz­able in­ter­est in Karaka 2019, not only do they of­fer the first Aus­tralian born foals of Group 1 sire No Nay Never, they will be closely mon­i­tor­ing what re­turns are made on their five Pride Of Dubai young­sters in Book 1 and the nine year­lings by the afore­men­tioned Van­cou­ver. One of the stand-out Van­cou­ver off­spring in Book 1 is Lot 236, a colt from the Haunui Farm draft be­ing of­fered on ac­count of the West­ern Aus­tralian in­dus­try gi­ant Bob Peters. Peters, who was a par­towner and cur­rent share­holder in Van­cou­ver, raced the Karaka-bound colt’s WA St Leger win­ning dam Moon­light Bay, her­self a daugh­ter of the 1999 Golden Slip­per win­ner Cat­bird. “Van­cou­ver was one hell of a race­horse, prob­a­bly un­ex­pected in terms of how early he came, and he is by a truly in­ter­na­tional stal­lion in Medaglia D’oro,’’ Haunui Farm boss Mark Chitty said. “He per­formed at the high­est level in the ma­jor car­ni­vals and de­serves ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.’’ Map­per­ley Stud, famed for rear­ing cham­pi­ons So You Think and Dun­deel, have two of their stal­lions mak­ing their sale-ring de­but at Karaka 2019 namely the ex-Godol­phin Group 1 pair Com­pla­cent and Con­tributer. High Cha­parral son cham­pion miler Con­tributer has 20 year­lings in Book 1, four less than the most rep­re­sented fresh­man, Mon­go­lian Khan.

Mon­go­lian Khan has a swag on en­tries at Karaka and (in­set) dy­namic young sire Van­cou­ver.

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