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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
35 "I've been going to the major New Zealand yearling sales since I took up training professionally in 1981 when the sales were at Trentham. "I was fortunate enough to buy some good horses that year and lease Sir Zephyr from the sales. I later sold him to Australian interests, so it was a great start for me, and he won at Group One level. "In 1985 I purchased Scotch and Dry who was unbeaten at two until she was sold to the USA for what was a New Zealand record sale price for a filly. "I've had a continuing supply of good and top horses from the Karaka sales and seldom go elsewhere to buy. My most recent star Keyora was a $200,000 purchase from Karaka in 2008. Buyer of Karaka graduates Gr. 1 Russian Pearl, Gr. 1 Dowry, Gr.1 Imananabaa, Gr.2 Rios "I started attending the National Yearling Sales in the late seventies-early eighties while working in Wrightson's livestock stud stock division. I found it very easy to relate to the quality that the sale offered, and the great results for the buyers, particularly with exported yearlings. I found the same successful buyers kept on returning year after year which gave the sale great credit. "Nowhere else in the world do young thoroughbreds have the huge advantage of being reared in such great natural conditions, producing the bone and strength that New Zealand yearlings have become so renowned for, along with the management from our professional people. I've always purchased with confidence and have bought many successful winners throughout Asia and Australia." Stuart Hale, bloodstock agent, Cambridge, NZ Buyer of Karaka graduates: Gr. 2 Mandela (bought for $1,750), SW Our Lukas ($20,000), SW Alegrio ($30,000), Group-placed Dandaad ($7,000), Fyfetheknife ($48,000) & Six Star ($105,000) and stakes-placed Attackum ($75,000) & Botafogo ($11,000). "I buy at the New Zealand Yearling Sales series because New Zealand produces high quality thoroughbreds nurtured in a superb environment for young horses. They are also 'weight for weight' much better value than their counterparts in Australia, where it's very competitive at the major yearling sales, particularly on a high market. "Never being one of the major buyers on total spend or numbers bought, it's about purchasing well grown and prepared youngsters, sometimes at the expense of a top pedigree, at a price I can afford. "The sales are also held at a terrific time of year in New Zealand with the whole series something of a carnival with the tents and the buzz that it creates. Without exception, all my Australian clients and friends find it the best sale of the year to attend." Paul Willetts, bloodstock agent, Auckland, NZ "One of the main reasons I have attended New Zealand Yearling Sales for 25 of the past 26 years is the large number of yearlings that are presented over a period of about seven selling days. Such a wide selection gives an agent like me the opportunity to meet most of my clients' budgets and requirements. "The Karaka Sales complex is undoubtedly the most user-friendly complex one could ever wish for, with wide open, level parade areas and the barns strategically placed for easy access to the selling arena. "I generally concentrate on purchasing staying bred yearlings in New Zealand and look for their great staying families, although it is becoming a little more difficult these days with the introduction of a lot more sprinting lines. "I have many clients who enjoy attending the New Zealand sales due to the factors outlined, and the wonderful hospitality provided by the vendors and the auction company. "We've purchased many outstanding racehorses at the New Zealand sales over a long period of time including Group One winners Centisle, Daney Boy and Mirror Magic, Group 2 winners Bold Mirage, Free At Last, Rock You and Century Blazer, WA Oaks winners Unpretentious, Leeuwin Concert and Matriculate, and quality performers McFlirt, Nogero, Kiwi Hombre and Sky Clipper." John Chalmers, bloodstock agent, Perth WA JOHN WHEELER "While visiting the United States many years ago, I was fortunate enough to have lunch with American Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham and he said he only bought horses from New Zealand, Ireland and Kentucky as they are environmentally advantaged -- that's good enough for me! "Pound for pound, New Zealand horses are superior and not over-priced. Our results around the Pacific Rim are testament to that." John Wheeler, trainer, New Plymouth, NZ JOHN CHALMERS STUART HALE PAUL WILLETTS
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