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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
Improved Horse award for his owners, the Lucky Lord Syndicate. Thumbs Up went on to run second in the Hong Kong Derby HK-1 and Champions & Chater Cup HK-1, and third in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup Gr. 1. Three weeks later the 2008 Cox Plate hero MALDIVIAN (Zabeel-Shynzi by Danzig) won the MRC C.F. Orr S. Gr. 1 beating Alamosa (NZ) and Theseo. It proved to be the last hurrah for the six-year-old gelding who was retired in October with nine wins and ten placings from 30 starts and $2.7 million prizemoney. Kiwi-breds ate up large at Sydney's autumn feast of Group One racing, delivering no fewer than nine trophies to their owners and trainers. The party began on 3 March when TUESDAY JOY (Carnegie-Joie Denise by Danehill) stamped her class for the final time in the AJC Chipping Norton S. Gr. 1. Afterwards her jockey Corey Brown described the five-year-old mare as "the perfect racehorse", a statement supported by her record of seven wins (four Group One), nine placings and $3.2 million from 24 starts. Tuesday Joy was retired to owner John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud in September. Three-year-old METAL BENDER (Danasinga- Jacqwin by Bluebird) achieved an end-of-season Timeform rating of 123 with consecutive wins in the AJC Randwick Guineas Gr. 1 and STC Rosehill Guineas Gr. 1. A stifle injury ended his spring campaign, but he is expected to return to racing later this season for owner David Fuller. 2007 Australian Derby winner FIUMICINO (Zabeel- Latte by Maroof) recovered his best three-year-old form to beat off Theseo and Viewed in the STC BMWS.Gr.1on4April. ROMAN EMPEROR (Montjeu-Gussy Godiva by Last Tycoon) followed the illustrious hoof-prints of Phar Lap, Tulloch, Dulcify, Tristarc, Bonecrusher, Beau Zam and Octagonal when he won the AJC Australian Derby Gr. 1 on 11 April, with STC Tulloch S. Gr. 2 winner Harris Tweed, also by Montjeu from the Prized mare Sally, making it a Kiwi-bred quinella. April was an extraordinary month for the Chittick family's Waikato Stud which bred and sold MARKUS MAXIMUS (Pentire-Shafty Lady by Last Tycoon), winner of the WATC Derby Gr. 1 on 11 April. A week later VISION AND POWER (Carnegie- Escada by Centaine, and bred by Garry Chittick), who had earlier won the STC George Ryder S. Gr. 1, became the tenth New Zealand-bred winner of the AJC Doncaster H. Gr. 1 in the last 20 years. His remarkable dam Escada now boasts four stakeswinners from eight foals to race: Gr. 1 Glamour Puss & Vision and Power, Gr. 2 Rare Insight and Escadaire (WATC Newmarket H. LR). Garry and Mark Chittick's home-bred filly DAFFODIL (No Excuse Needed-Spring by O'Reilly) made history as the first winner of the CJC New The dominant victories by So You Think and Monaco Consul in two of the big four prizes of the Melbourne Spring Carnival have capped a tremendous 2009 for Team (NZ) in Australia and around the world. As the two Karaka graduates by High Chaparral strode clear of their rivals at Moonee Valley and Flemington, they extended an astonishing sixty-year record of Kiwi success in Australia's greatest sporting festival. In 55 of the past 60 years New Zealand-bred horses have won at least one of the four major races in Melbourne each spring. In four glorious seasons (1957, 1974, 1978 and 2007) they have won all four of them: the Melbourne & Caulfield Cups, the W.S. Cox Plate and the Victoria Derby. Kiwi-breds have won three of these races in the same season 17 times, and two of them, 16 times. The 2009 Cox Plate and Victoria Derby wins are among 23 international and domestic Group One successes posted by 20 Kiwi-breds in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore from January to the end of October. New Zealand's 2009 Group One year began on 18 January when THUMBS UP (Shinko King- Regelle by Exploding Prospect) flashed home in the HKJC The Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Mile HK-1 for owner Leung Chung Shan and trainer Danny Shum. More Bountiful (Van Nistelrooy-Centaine Gu Li by Centaine) made it a Kiwi-bred quinella and subsequently earned the season's Most 18 TUESDAY JOY MALDIVIAN VISION AND POWER ISTA KAREEM DAFFODIL METAL BENDER SIGHT WINNER FIUMICINO THUMBS UP ROMAN EMPEROR YEAR IN REVIEW
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