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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
Her story began when Hawke's Bay breeder Graham de Gruchy took out a bank loan to buy a yearling filly he named Malt. A grand-daughter of NZ Oaks and Auckland Cup winner Froth, she never made the racetrack and visited Okawa Stud's Three Legs in the spring of 1982. Graham sent the resulting rangy grey filly to champion trainers Dave & Paul O'Sullivan who were distinctly unimpressed with her less-than- sparkling trackwork, but soon realised she had rare ability, when she chose to extend herself. Fortunately, the O'Sullivans had a champion stable jockey able to coax and demand the best from the steel grey mare. Together, Lance O'Sullivan and Horlicks forged an indomitable partnership bound CELEBRATING HORLICKS AND RISING FAST by a ferocious competitive spirit. As Lance said later in his biography Tears in the Wind, "As soon as I got on her back she was a different horse. She knew that I meant business." At four Horlicks lowered the colours of the mighty Bonecrusher in her first Group One victory, the ARC Second Century Stakes at Ellerslie. At five she claimed New Zealand's first million-dollar race and was an unlucky second, stumbling and losing her position soon after the start, in Our Poetic Prince's Cox Plate, but it was as a six-year-old that she struck her very best form. Track record-setting wins in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington and the second New Zealand million-dollar race bracketed the Japan Cup. She went on to capture a final Group One race, by four lengths, at Elllerslie in April 1990 and, at her last New Zealand start in September of that year, beat the emerging star of a new generation: Rough Habit. Horlicks then set about proving that great racemares can also make highly successful broodmares. The five winners from her dozen foals include 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew, high-class Gr.2- winning filly Bubble, and the dams of Fiumicino (AJC Australian Derby Gr. 1, STC The BMW S. Gr. 1), as well as multiple Group winners (My) Tusker and Solo Flyer. Horlicks' last foal, a colt by One Cool Cat named Tiger, is an as-yet-unraced three-year-old. When six-year-old Viewed slipped through on the rails to win the 2009 Caulfield Cup Gr. 1 the racing media was quick to compare him with the last Melbourne Cup winner to win a subsequent Caulfield Cup. That was Rising Fast, who, even in the company of Tulloch, Might and Power and Galilee, has a strong claim to the title of the best New Zealand- bred stayer in the second half of the 20th century. The comparison between the Cup performances of Viewed and Rising Fast is worth detailed examination. (All weights are given in kilograms for easier comparison.) Viewed carried 53kg in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, which he won by a whisker from the fast-finishing Bauer (52 kg) to give trainer Bart Cummings his 12th victory in the great Flemington race, and his fourth in partnership with Dato Tan Chin Nam. In the 2009 Caulfield Cup the handicapper asked Viewed to carry 57 kg, and he won by 2.3 lengths in a time of 2:29.7 on a dead track, giving 3kg and 6kg to the placegetters Roman Emperor and Vigor. Rising Fast's extraordinary 1954 campaign is vividly recounted in his owner's candid and entertaining book, Racing with Rising Fast, published in 1967 and well worth searching out in a library or second- hand bookstore. In 64 days the five-year-old gelding had ten starts and won eight of them, including the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup. He remains the only horse to win those three races in the same season. Rising Fast won the 1954 Caulfield Cup with 55 kg, attracting a penalty of 4.5 kg over his previously announced weight for the Melbourne Cup. Viewed received a 1 kg penalty for his Caulfield Cup win, and carried 58 kg in the 2009 Melbourne Cup, finishing 7th. Under the steadier of 59 kg at Flemington in 1954, Leicester Spring's beloved champion won impressively by one-and-a-quarter lengths from n November 1989, as communist governments collapsed in the USSR and Eastern Europe, a six-year-old mare embarked on one of the most famous campaigns in New Zealand racing history. Her name was Horlicks and twenty years later she is enjoying her retirement at Cambridge Stud, remembered always as the winner of the 1989 Japan Cup in the sensational world record time of 2:22.2. Never headed after she made the front of a field, Horlicks won six Group One races in three countries, from 2000 to 2400 metres, meeting and beating the best of her generation. 30 I HORSES PEOPLE Balmerino Globe-trotting hero & 1977 Arc runner-up Bill Broughton The horseman's horseman, winner of 11 NZ jockey's premierships Carbine Legendary 1890 Melbourne Cup winner Ken Browne Ageless jumping owner, trainer & jockey Desert Gold T.H. Lowry's weight-for-age queen Sir George Clifford Champion owner-breeder and pioneering administrator Foxbridge Eleven consecutive NZ sire premierships Hector Gray First jockey to ride a century of winners in a season Gloaming Trans-Tasman superstar with 57 wins -- 19 of them consecutive Bill Hazlett The great southern owner of 1000+ winners Kindergarten Brilliant wartime weight-carrier Sir Patrick Hogan Trail-blazing master of Cambridge Stud & the yearling sale-ring Mainbrace Sensational post-war pop star of the turf Colin Jillings Master trainer of 1327 winners over 54 years Phar Lap Fame at Flemington, immortality at Agua Caliente Peter Kelly World-class commentator & auctioneer Rising Fast Matchless in Melbourne in the spring of 1954 Richard Mason Trained 30 Derby winners in Australia & New Zealand Sir Tristram Record-breaking supersire of 45 Group One winners Dave O'Sullivan Eleven NZ trainer's premierships Sunline Mare of the world, 13 Group One wins in 3 countries Lance O'Sullivan Record-setting winner of 2479 races & 12 jockey premierships Tulloch Supernova classic colt of the 1950s Henry Redwood Father of the New Zealand Turf Bill Skelton Seven jockey premierships across three decades Bob Skelton Nine-time champion jockey & master rider of stayers George Gatonby Stead Champion owner & far-sighted administrator NEW ZEALAND HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES, 2006 & 2008
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