Fresh on the scene and full of potential
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.