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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
he international success that began a century and a half ago with the first Kiwi raid on Australian racing keeps on coming for New Zealand breeders and their clients around the world. In fact, the trend is very definitely upwards. In 2008-09 nineteen New Zealand-bred horses won 22 international Group One races -- the industry's best tally in eleven years. Eighteen of those wins came in Australia, three in Hong Kong and one in the United States. The (NZ) team has maintained the momentum in the first part of 2009-10, clocking up 27 international Group and Listed Stakes wins before Melbourne Cup Week, including four Group One victories in Australia. The New Zealand thoroughbred industry now exports around 1600 horses each year, for a total of approximately $130 million. The activity of Australian buyers in New Zealand grew rapidly after World War Two and Australia remains the major market for Kiwi-sold thoroughbreds, taking around sixty per cent of total numbers in 2008-09. The results, especially in the races that ambitious owners and trainers most dearly want to win, more than justify that level of investment. Take for example, New Zealand's record in the Cox Plate: • New Zealand has produced 23 (46%) of the past fifty Cox Plate winners -- including four of the past ten: So You Think (2009), Maldivian (2008), El Segundo (2007) and Sunline (2000). • Kiwi-breds Sunline and Dulcify share the record for the largest winning margin in the Cox Plate -- seven lengths. • Zabeel is the leading sire of individual Cox Plate winners, with four: Octagonal (1995), Might and Power (1998), Savabeel (2004) and Maldivian (2008). (And, yes, we know Savabeel was bred in Australia!) Cambridge Stud's peerless son of Sir Tristram has been a top five sire by earnings in Australia for 13 of the past fourteen seasons, and was ranked fourth behind Encosta de Lago, Redoute's Choice and Scenic in 2008-09. Windsor Park's former shuttler Montjeu (14th) and Waikato Stud resident O'Reilly (16th) also made the top 20. T NZ BREDS SHINE IN 21st CENTURY The records of O'Reilly and Zabeel stand up to the searching scrutiny of the APEX indices too, alongside fellow New Zealand residents Pentire, Keeper, Pins, Stravinsky and Shinko King. Pentire has a fair claim to the title of "APEX King" and headed all but one of the principal APEX lists in 2008 (minimum 150 year starters). Over the past 25 years Asia's powerhouse racing nations have become significant purchasers of New Zealand horses, at public auction and through private agents. In 2008-09 almost 35% of Kiwi thoroughbred exports were destined for Asia, the majority heading to Singapore and Hong Kong. Their predecessors spent that season proving the wisdom of those purchases, adding 25 black-type wins to the imposing New Zealand record in the region. That total included Hong Kong NZ-breds won 18 Group One races in Australia during the 2008-2009 season with 6% of the racehorse population. STARCRAFT Queen Elizabeth II S. Gr.1 8
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