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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
19 Zealand 1000 Guineas Gr. 1 to triumph in the AJC Oaks Gr. 1 on 18 April. She then made the difficult transition to weight-for-age company as a four-year- old by winning the HBRI Hawke's Bay Challenge S. Gr. 1 in September, and running an excellent fourth in Viewed's MRC Caulfield Cup Gr. 1. No surprise, then, to see Garry Chittick collect his fifth New Zealand Breeder of the Year award at the end of the 2008-09 season. "Racing like a four-year-old" as Thoroughbred News editor Rob Burnet put it, eight-year-old ISTA KAREEM (Germano-Princesses Touch by Touching Wood) flew home on the rails to win the AJC Sydney Cup Gr. 1 on Anzac Day. The first six horses past the post were bred in New Zealand. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, EGYPTIAN RA (Woodborough-Egyptian Queen by Karioi Lad) upstaged champion miler Good Ba Ba and champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom in the HKJC Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup HK-1 on 15 March. Now eight-years- old, and with almost $HK18 million in the bank, Cheng Keung-fai's wonderful competitor returned in October to score first-up in the HKJC National Day Cup HK-3. Egyptian Ra also completed a bred-in-New Zealand quinella in April's HKJC Champions Mile Gr. 1 behind SIGHT WINNER (Faltaat-Kinjinette by Kinjite), who was cleverly ridden by Brett Prebble to snatch a short-head victory. New Zealand supplied 204 individual Hong Kong winners in 2008-09 - more than any other nation - and in all they won 324 races, including 13 black- type events. The thirteen horses rated above 121 in Hong Kong at the end of the 2008-09 season included eight New Zealand-breds: Egyptian Ra (126), More Bountiful (124), Sight Winner (124), Thumbs Up (124) and, all on 122, Able One, Enthused, Joy and Fun and Fellowship. As a group they've given 27 seasons of service in Hong Kong, and won almost $HK88 million. Queensland has been a happy hunting ground for Kiwi horses over the years and in 2009 it was Cambridge Stud stallions who supplied the highlights. On 6 June LINKY DINK (Keeper- Gimmick by Sir Tristram) landed the QTC T.J. Smith Gr. 1 for Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm, and the Graeme Hill-bred COURT RULER (Viking Ruler-Free Court by Pompeii Court) won the QTC Queensland Derby Gr.1. Spring began in Singapore where six-year-old gelding WAIKATO (Pins-Skywalker Wilkes by Skywalker) maintained his splendidly consistent form with victory in the Kranji Mile Sing-1 on 20 September. He followed up a month later with a second placing behind BIG MAVERICK (O'Reilly- Ajfan by Woodman) in the Raffles Cup Sing-1. It took a little while for the (NZ) team to get its first Group One win of the new season in Australia, but the wait was made worthwhile by three victories in a single day, 3 October. At Randwick the class of three-year-old filly MORE JOYOUS (More Than Ready-Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence) prevailed in the AJC Flight S. Gr. 1, and MONACO CONSUL (High Chaparral-Argante by Star Way) scored by one-and-a-half lengths in the AJC Spring Champion S. Gr. 1. Down in Melbourne, EFFICIENT (Zabeel-Refused the Dance by Defensive Play) gave his champion sire his 81st Group One victory, and jockey Nicholas Hall his first win at that level with a top-class performance in the VRC Turnbull S. Gr. 1. SO YOU THINK (High Chaparral-Triassic by Tights) romped home in the style of a superstar in the MVRC Cox Plate Gr. 1 on 24 October. RANGIRANGDOO (Pentire-She Wishes by Kenfair) and THE SPORTSMAN (Kilimanjaro-Lady Joelyn by Noble Bijou) chipped in with two Group 2 wins to complete an outstanding day at Moonee Valley. Seven days later So You Think's paternal half- brother Monaco Consul opened the New Zealand Group One account for Melbourne Cup week with a similarly emphatic performance in the VRC Victoria Derby Gr. 1. Both horses were purchased at Karaka 2008, So You Think for $110,000 from NZ Premier, Monaco Consul for $100,000 out of NZ Select. Group One highlights of 2009 in New Zealand included the Trentham-Te Rapa sprint double achieved by MUFHASA (Pentire-Sheila Cheval by Mi Preferido), named Mercedes Horse of the Year in August. SIR SLICK (Volksraad-Miss Opera by Paris Opera) notched up his sixth Group One win in the WRC Thorndon Mile in January. In the spring DAFFODIL, TAVISTOCK (Montjeu- Upstage by Quest For Fame) and VOSNE ROMANEE (Electronic Zone-Madison Avenue by Morcon) won the three feature races of the Hawke's Bay Carnival. LINKY DINK winning QTC T.J. Smith-Gr.1 SO YOU THINK winning MVRC Cox Plate-Gr.1
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