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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
34 "Each year I go to New Zealand Bloodstock's Karaka yearling sales confident I can select a high quality Group One performer from any of the three sections -- Premier, Select and Festival -- and more often than not I've achieved that goal for extraordinary good value from one or more of those tiers. "Without doubt my best value yearling buying has come out of the Karaka sale-ring. It's hard to imagine that Classic-winning fillies can be bought at Premier level for under $25,000, but I've done it twice with Clean Sweep (NZ 2000 Guineas - $20,000) and Shizu (Australian 1000 Guineas - $24,000). "I've bought three individual Derby winners there, including this year's Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul who also won the AJC Spring Champion Stakes Gr. 1 this spring. Monaco Consul could well be our next superstar and the $100,000 he cost at 2008 New Zealand Select pales alongside his current value. "Xcellent rates as the best I've bought thus far, by a smidgen over Happyanunoit. They each won four Group One races and Happyanunoit's three at the elite level in North America makes her the most successful Australasian-bred racehorse in the northern hemisphere. Xcellent cost $45,000 and Happyanunoit just $20,000. "The ill-fated Jokers Wild had stallion prospect written all over him before his untimely death. The dual Group One-winning champion two-year- old required only $40,000 to be in my shopping bag from the Karaka Select session of his year. "Last season's high class Group One-winning three- year-old Altered Image is another example of the opportunities across all tiers, costing me $20,000 at the Festival sale. A few years back, top class racemare Electronic (dual Sydney Gr.1 winner) was just $18,000 on my list of purchases. "All told I've bought 14 individual Group One winners as yearlings from the Karaka sale-ring in addition to Eskimo Queen (Coolmore Classic & Queensland Oaks) from the New Zealand Ready To Run Sale, so understandably I return each year believing I'm at the right source to buy the best value." Paul Moroney, trainer & bloodstock agent, Matamata, NZ INDUSTRY OPINION Leading Melbourne trainer of several outstanding New Zealand-bred performers, including 2009 Group winners Vigor ($A815,330 prizemoney) and Ballack ($A482,725), each purchased at the New Zealand Premier Sale for less than $80,000. "I have always found Karaka to be a great sale to purchase quality, affordable racehorses. The catalogue is always loaded with outstanding pedigrees that have the looks to match, and you can be confident that each horse has had a great start in life given they have been raised on some of the best pastures that the world has to offer. "The major factor that gives the Karaka Sale an advantage over its competitors is the value that can be found. Each year we are able to purchase yearlings at affordable prices that have gone onto successful racing careers. Two of my leading chances for the 2010 Cups -- Vigor and Rockferry - were both purchased at the Karaka sale and I am looking forward to heading over for the coming sale where I will be aiming to pick up horses of similar quality." Danny O'Brien, trainer, Melbourne, VIC PAUL MORONEY DANNY O'BRIEN
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