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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
9 Group One wins by Sight Winner, Egyptian Ra and Thumb's Up. The United States is the destination for only 20-25 horses each year, but results there have been consistently good in recent times, reflecting the benefits of accumulated knowledge about the best types for that particular racing scene. Six-year-old Black Mamba, a $120,000 purchase from the 2005 NZ Premier Sale, has been a fine representative for New Zealand across three US seasons, winning six (one Gr. 1, two Gr. 2), and placing in ten of her 20 US starts. Her final run, before being offered for sale as a breeding or racing prospect in November, was a convincing win in the Dowager S. LR over 12 furlongs at Keeneland on 25 October. A less obvious, but potent New Zealand influence on global racing is seen in international distaff lines and the records of shuttle stallions. Decades of shrewd investment by Australian owners in New Zealand yearling fillies and racemares is producing modern stars for the (AUS) team. Most famous among them in the past 15 years are Australian Horses of the Year Lonhro (ex Shadea by Straight Strike) and Saintly (ex All Grace by Sir Tristram). As it happens, their sires, Octagonal and Sky Chase were also bred in New Zealand. Notable examples in the current season include 2008 Melbourne & 2009 Caulfield Cups winner Viewed (ex Lovers Knot by Khozaam, from the "Heights" family) and MRC Caulfield Guineas Gr.1 victor Starspangledbanner (from the family of Elvstroem, Circles of Gold, Haradasun and Gold Wells -- all descended from the Rodmor Stud-bred Olympic Aim, a member of the celebrated Eulogy tribe). The regular movement of broodmares back and forth across the Tasman inevitably produces performers claimed, with some justice, by both countries. Brilliant filly More Joyous carries the (NZ) suffix thanks to her advantageous birth in New Zealand -- but it's doubtful anyone is brave enough to call her owner-breeder John Singleton a New Zealander! Similarly, Group 3 winner Swift Alliance was foaled in Australia for breeder Gooree Park Stud, so is officially Australian-bred, but definitely appears on the record of Haunui Farm's sire Don Eduardo. Ten years ago it seemed as if the best shuttle stallions would continue to elude New Zealand, but fortunately, "best" is ultimately defined by performance rather than marketing hype. In the past decade High Chaparral, Montjeu, Pentire, Stravinsky, Cape Cross, and Tale of the Cat have all rewarded the persistence of New Zealand studs and breeders, and the buyers who support them. An interesting feature of the New Zealand shuttle stallion record is the success of horses whose BALMERINO (1972) Timeform 133 - still the highest rated NZ-bred horse in Europe BONECRUSHER (1982) Won Australia's Race of the 20th Century, the spine-tingling 1986 Cox Plate CADIZ (1956) 1963 Hollywood Gold Cup winner CARBINE (1885) Carried 66 kg to win 1890 Melbourne Cup & founded a dynasty of English Derby winners COLONIAL CHIEF (1984) Won the 1989 Hong Kong Invitation Cup for Singapore COURTZA (1986) First NZ-bred filly to win the Golden Slipper, in 1989; dam of champion sire O'Reilly DULCIFY (1975) Colin Hayes' champion, won the Cox Plate by 7 lengths GALILEE (1962) Australia's standout Cups champion in the 1960s HAPPYANUNOIT (1995) Three-time US Grade 1 winner HORLICKS (1983) Heroine of the world-record setting 1989 Japan Cup JUMBO JET (1964) Breakthrough horse for New Zealand in 1970s Singapore KIWI (1977) Quintessential New Zealand stayer, spectacular last-to-first in the 1983 Melbourne Cup LET'S ELOPE (1987) Australian HOTY; her Australian Cup win had to be seen to be believed LURLINE (1869) New Zealand's first champion, winner of the 1875 AJC All Aged S. MARAUDING (1984) First NZ-bred winner of the Golden Slipper, in 1987 MARTINI HENRY (1880) First NZ-bred Melbourne Cup winner, in 1883 MIGHT AND POWER (1993) Australian HOTY - twice; Caulfield & Melbourne Cups, Cox Plate MOIFAA (1897) 1904 Aintree Grand National winner; followed by Seagram (1991) & Lord Gyllene (1997) OCTAGONAL (1992) Ten unforgettable Group One wins in a stellar generation OUZO (1993) Singapore Horse of the Year, 1999 & 2000 PHAR LAP (1926) Still the benchmark for Australasian champions RISING FAST (1949) The only horse to win the Cox Plate, Caulfield & Melbourne Cups in the same season ROUGH HABIT (1986) Adored in Australia & New Zealand, 11 x G1 across six seasons SLEDGEHAMMER (1970) 1975 South African HOTY, 21 wins incl. five G1 STARCRAFT (2000) Group One winner in three countries, world champion turf miler SUNLINE (1995) World champion turf mare: 2 Cox Plates, 2 Doncasters, Hong Kong Mile, 7 HOTY titles SUPER IMPOSE (1984) The great Randwick miler, winner of the Epsom-Doncaster double twice SURROUND (1973) Australian Horse of the Year; the only 3yo filly to win the Cox Plate TULLOCH (1954) Timeform 138, possibly the best horse ever to race in Australia VENGEANCE OF RAIN (2000) Hong Kong Horse of the Year & World Series Champion NEW ZEALAND THOROUGHBRED MARKETING'S INTERNATIONAL HALL OF FAME Spanning 140 years of international achievement and eleven countries are 31 superstars that have built the New Zealand brand : pedigrees reinforce, rather than balance the traditional strengths of New Zealand bloodlines. Montjeu's four seasons at Windsor Park Stud, 2001- 2004, have so far produced 20 stakeswinners from 377 foals, including the last two Australian Derby winners Roman Emperor and Nom De Jeu, and three other Group One winners. From his first 23 southern hemisphere starters, High Chaparral has already had a major impact on Australian racing. He opened his black type account with a two-year-old, Shoot Out, winner of the QTC Sires' Produce S. Gr. 2 in May 2009, and added two Group One winners in the first quarter of the current season. At only his fifth start So You Think dominated the $A3 million MVRC Cox Plate from start to finish, three weeks after Monaco Consul took out the AJC Spring Champion S. Gr. 1, before also adding the Gr 1 Victorian Derby to his resume. Four of High Chaparral's Group One victories in Europe and the United States were at one-and-a-half miles, yet his New Zealand progeny's best performances so far have been at 1400m, 1800m, 2000m and 2500m. An outstanding member of a great European classic generation, Pentire's nine Group One winners include brilliant sprinters Mufhasa (2009 Mercedes Horse of the Year) and Recurring, and this season's MVRC Crystal Mile Gr. 2 winner Rangirangdoo, as well as six Cup and Derby winners.
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