Shop­ping at sale

Waipa Post - - The Country -

The for­mi­da­ble pair­ing be­hind three­time Group Onewin­ner, and now sire, Mon­go­lian Khan have teamed up once again to top this year’s New Zealand Blood­stock Ready to Run Sale.

In­ner Mon­go­lia Rider Horse In­dus­try prin­ci­pal Lang Lin, com­monly known as Mr Wolf, went to $525,000 to se­cure lot 432 — a Sav­abeel full brother to dual Group One win­ner Cos­tume.

The colt will join the Cam­bridge sta­ble of Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man, who trained Mon­go­lian Khan to Group One glory for Lang. He too is a grad­u­ate of the sale and Lang is hop­ing his lat­est ac­qui­si­tion can reach the same heights as his pre­de­ces­sor.

Lang thought the colt was the horse of the sale and is plan­ning a breed­ing ca­reer.

“Our aim is to buy the best, not just in terms of rac­ing in New Zealand, but with the aim of breed­ing and sell­ing in New Zealand in the fu­ture,” Lang said. “We thought his pedi­gree page was the best in the sale.”

Lang has al­ready in­vested heav­ily in his New Zealand breed­ing op­er­a­tion. He stands two stal­lions in New Zealand — Mon­go­lian Khan at Wind­sor Park Stud in Cam­bridge and Mon­go­lian Fal­con at Wil­low Glen Stud in Wai­mate — and has a large brood­mare band dis­persed through­out the coun­try. He is hop­ing the Sav­abeel colt can join in the com­ing years, but is look­ing for­ward to his rac­ing ca­reer in the mean­time.

“He will be head­ing to Mur­ray Baker to train and race and we’ll be look­ing to­wards a breed­ing ca­reer with him,” he said.

Baker is look­ing for­ward to the colt join­ing his sta­ble af­ter a brief spell.

“Com­ing through the Ready to Run Sale is tough on him and he has prob­a­bly been in and out of his box about 60 times (over the sale),” he said. “They get tired and he will cer­tainly ben­e­fit go­ing out in the pad­dock.”

The colt was sold by Graeme and Deb­bie Roger­son’s Dormello Stud and Baker said he re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from the ven­dors.

“Mr Wolf had his eyes on an­other cou­ple, but ob­vi­ously this is the one he wanted,” he said. “He’s a qual­ity horse. I just hope he can gal­lop.

“I was just talk­ing with Graeme and he had a big rap on him and he is a good judge, so fingers crossed.”

Baker is un­sure whether he’ll race as a two year old, but he will test him at the tri­als later this sea­son.

“We’ll cer­tainly give him a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence, trial him and see where we go from there.”

Mean­while, Lang was ac­tive on the first day of the sale, pur­chas­ing a More Than Ready colt out of River­s­ley Park’s draft for $240,000.

He too will join the Baker-Fors­man team, with an eye to­wards a fu­ture ca­reer at stud.

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