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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
28 2002 bay Danehill-Grand Echezeaux (Zabeel) Stands: The Oaks Stud, Cambridge 2007 Fee: $30,000 Timeform: 118 at 2, 122 at 3, 119 at 4 Darci Brahma fulfilled the promise of his aristocratic pedigree and his $1.1 million Karaka price tag with five Group One wins and three championship titles at two, three and four. Precocious enough to win the QTC T.J. Smith Classic Gr. 1 at two, he was utterly dominant in the CJC NZ 2000 Guineas Gr. 1 and second to Apache Cat in the VRC Australian Guineas Gr. 1 in his second season. He returned at four to defeat NZ Horse of the Year Seachange in the WRC Telegraph H. Gr. 1 -- carrying 57 kg and stopping the clock at 1:07 flat. Darci Brahma's pedigree combines Australasia's two greatest sires of their generation, Danehill and Zabeel, with the outstanding family of champion stayer Ethereal, Romanee Conti, Stony Bay, Bellini Rose and his own Group One-winning dam Grand Echezeaux. 2002 bay Redoute's Choice-Zalinda (Zabeel) Stands: Waikato Stud, Matamata 2007 Fee: $15,000 Timeform: 118 at 4 Fast 'N' Famous fitted his name perfectly with a series of scintillating performances in the white-hot competition of Australian sprint racing. His six wins in succession at three and four included the VRC Baguette S. Gr. 3, beating Group One winners Shadoways and Dance Hero in 1:08.34; and a brilliant 33.67 for the last 600 of the STC Starlight S. LR. His best performance at Group One level was a close second to Magnus in the AJC The Galaxy, with five Group One winners behind him. No prizes for guessing where Fast 'N' Famous' speed comes from: it oozes from every line of his pedigree. Redoute's Choice continues Danehill's breed-shaping work, supported here by the blazing speed of Fast 'N' Famous' Group One-winning grand-dam Alynda, and his two-year-old stakes-winning dam Zalinda, by champion sire Zabeel. 2004 bay Danehill-L'On Vite (Secretariat) Stands: Coolmore Stud, NSW 2007 Fee: $A40,000 Timeform: 125 at 2 Possessing toughness to match his ability, Holy Roman Emperor contested the four principal Group One two-year-old races in Ireland, England and France and won two of them, the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and the National Stakes at The Curragh. He ran second in the other two, beaten only by European champion Teofilo (Timeform 126). By supersire Danehill (who had three sons and a grand-son among Australia's top ten sires in 2008-09), Holy Roman Emperor is from a powerful family that has already produced champion sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur. He's also from a Secretariat mare -- like outstanding sires Storm Cat, Gone West, A.P. Indy, Volksraad and Dehere. 2002 bay Redoute's Choice-La Bamba (Last Tycoon) Stands: Cambridge Stud, Cambridge 2007 Fee: $8,000 Effective from 1000m to 1600m, Lucky Unicorn won five of his 15 starts in Hong Kong and Australia, peaking with victory in the VRC Chester Manifold S. LR and third in the MRC T.S. Carlyon Cup Gr. 3 to Apache Cat and Bon Hoffa. His champion sire Redoute's Choice is leaving Group One winners in almost every racing category, while his female family is notable for its success with a wide range of stallions and sire-lines. Lucky Unicorn's relatives include Group One-winning sprinters Masked Party, Festal and Inspiration, and champion Australian two-year-old Dracula. 2003 bay Redoute's Choice-Candide (Sound Reason) Stands: Darley, NSW 2007 Fee: $A30,000 Timeform: 120 at 2 Nadeem romped home by three lengths in the VRC Maribyrnong Plate Gr. 3 at his second start. He then stepped up to Group One level with a storming run from an impossible position to win the MRC Blue Diamond S. Gr. 1, more than two lengths in front of Miss Finland, rated alongside him as the best of their generation at two. By a champion racehorse and sire who also won the Blue Diamond at his second start, Nadeem is from a champion filly whose other foals include outstanding Hong Kong performer Billion Win, and the dam of Australasian Oaks Gr. 1 winner Marju Snip. 2002 brown More Than Ready-Elle Duccio (Danehill) Stands: Brighthill Farm, Hamilton 2007 Fee: $12,000 Timeform: 118 at 2, 122 at 3, 120 at 4 A Group 3 winner and Group One-placed in Melbourne at two, Perfectly Ready won the SAJC Goodwood H. Gr. 1 and ran a close second to Spark of Life in the MVRC Manikato S. Gr. 1 at three. In his final campaign he added the MRC Moonga S. Gr. 3 to his win record, along with a fourth placing -- beating home Apache Cat, Desert War, Bentley Biscuit and Seachange - in a high quality running of the VRC Cantala S. Gr. 1. He's by champion Australian sire of two-year-olds More Than Ready from New Zealand's famous Belle family, source of 2000 Golden Slipper heroine Belle Du Jour, multiple Group winner Delightful Belle and recent stakeswinners Stripper and Bella Renza. DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) NADEEM (AUS) FAST 'N' FAMOUS (AUS) HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) LUCKY UNICORN (AUS) PERFECTLY READY (AUS) PREMIER SALE - FRESHMAN SIRES
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