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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
44 fter transforming a 40-hectare property on the outskirts of Cambridge into a quality boutique breeding farm, Bob Emery now focuses his considerable business skills on his broodmare band and annual yearling draft. He established the Regency Duty Free retail business in the 1980s and turned it into a highly successful nationwide chain which he sold in 1995, swapping a workaholic lifestyle for an early retirement. Belvedere Farm is a new career which Bob enjoys immensely. "I run a boutique farm which essentially operates to care for and rear my own horses. We'll never have big numbers and I'm comfortable offering around six to eight yearlings for sale each year." He has already achieved notable milestones as a breeder, with his name attached to Mr Celebrity (AJC George Main S. Gr. 1), Zarius (ARC City of Auckland Cup Gr. 2), stakeswinners Dr Green and Martique, and stakes-placed Roussay. The financial results have been good, with several six-figure sale yearlings on the board, and a top price of $875,000 achieved at Karaka Premier in 2005. A few years ago he sold the outstanding dual group one winning mare, Champagne & the Emancipation Stakes winning mare, Palia, both of whom he had also raced. "I have three fabulous daughters of Champagne in Martique, Nadege & the Elusive Quality filly named Alamantra. They will figure prominently in my future as a breeder." Palia was sold carrying the foal that would become Onemorenomore, but Bob retains his winning half- sister Sarvon (by Zabeel), and her two-year-old daughter by Exceed and Excel. Onemorenomore's four-length win in the AJC Champagne S. Gr. 1 is an easy choice for Bob's racing highlight of 2009. "I'm not his breeder, but I did plan and pay for the mating, and still have the family, so I've followed him from the day he went through the ring, and I got a real kick out of seeing him win a Group One." Bob uses a range of sources and tools to choose stallions for his mares, and is a fan of the Brain A BELVEDERE FARM Pedigree Analysis System which he has used for several maiden mares' matings. "However, I've learned that the No. 1 thing is the physical compatibility of the stallion and mare. A stallion has to add to the mare and balance out her weaknesses." Once an active and highly successful owner, Bob says, "Like most breeders, the only horses I race now are ones that are passed in at the sales, plus some fillies I retain to develop particular families." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUT: "The Fastnet Rock- Haibah colt is a good looking son of the exciting Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock. He is also a half brother to the Group 1 placed 3y.o. Green Supreme. He will appeal to a lot of buyers." UNDER THE RADAR PICK: "The Choisir colt from Naturally is a very strong, sprinting type who has come on enormously in recent months. I bought his dam at Tattersalls a few years ago, she's a full- sister to a Group 2 winner in France." AT THE END OF SALE DAY: "I probably go into the city, and have a nice meal at a good restaurant like Euro with a group of friends and fellow vendors."
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