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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
48 PERFECTLY READY f anyone is "Perfectly Ready" for Karaka 2010 it's Nick King, who cannot wait to present the first yearlings by Brighthill Farm's new sire. The Group One-winning son of More Than Ready ticks all the boxes for Nick and his wife Anne-Marie, and they are confident buyers will find his stock hard to fault. Nick says, "Perfectly Ready leaves a very strong, correct, mid-sized type with natural muscle. He was a very good Australian two-year-old who trained on, and of course, his sire More Than Ready has gone from strength to strength. "When economic conditions are tough, there are likely to be a few more orders for horses that will get up and run a little earlier, and the Karaka Million is an excellent incentive to buy them." Perfectly Ready has received excellent support from New Zealand breeders, attracting books of 135, 149 and 135-plus mares in his first three seasons. The first appearance of his progeny in the sale-ring, at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2009 Weanling Sale, was greeted positively by buyers who bought 15 of his foals for an average of just over $25,000. Top price of $56,000 was paid by Wellfield Thoroughbreds for Curraghmore Stud's Axislass colt. Nick says of the current bloodstock market, "We're in a better place than we expected to be a year ago, in better shape than some other industries, and New Zealand horses keep flying the flag for us. "However, the outcome of NZ Thoroughbred Racing's Governance Review is hugely important for the domestic market." Irish-born Nick and English-born Anne-Marie met on a horse flight to Sydney in 1988 and worked together at Japan's Lex Stud, for 3 years before returning back to New Zealand to establish Brighthill Farm. The farm, nestled at the base of the hills at Tauwhare, is centrally located between Cambridge and Morrinsville. The farm now comprises 200 acres, with an additional 70 acres leased from a neighbour. The couple brought high-level industry experience to their own business. Nick spent eight years with Coolmore Ireland, followed by seasons with both Cambridge Stud and Glen Oaks Stud in New Zealand. With her farming and equestrian background, coupled with her administrative expertise, Anne-Marie was well placed to take control of the business side of the stud. All of their combined skills are required to manage what is now a substantial operation. Anne-Marie says, "Nick's the expert, the specialist; I've had to become multi-skilled and accept that no two days are ever the same, I could be designing stallion adverts and mowing lawns in the morning, hosting clients and checking accounts in the afternoon, supervising children's homework in the evening, and even assisting Nick foal a mare at 2 in the morning! With Liz in the office to keep us all organized, together with a great crew of experienced staff out on the stud, the Brighthill Team is stronger than ever." The Kings have built up a band of around 20 quality mares, and will offer the first yearlings by their second resident sire Patapan in 2011. Major performers sold under the farm's banner include Seven Schillings (2009 Taranaki Two-Year- I BRIGHTHILL FARM Old Classic Gr. 3, 2nd ARC Sires' Produce S. Gr. 1), Antarctic Miss (MVRC Champagne S. Gr. 3, 3rd MRC One Thousand Guineas Gr. 1) and Macau stakeswinner Global Win. Brighthill graduates of a different kind are the Kings' four children. Karaka 2010 will be Benji's ( 17) 3rd year leading yearlings, with Harry, 15, Sophie, 13, and Charlie, ten providing good back-up for future years. KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: "The Perfectly Ready-Mysterious Sound filly is lovely, and a three- quarter sister to Australian stakeswinner Deloraine, by More Than Ready. She's our headline Perfectly Ready yearling for Karaka Premier. "The Pins-Bazelle colt is a good type with a lot of the mare about him -- she won seven, including two Group Ones." Nick also highlights a couple of Perfectly Ready yearlings in the Select Sale: "The Perfectly Ready-Miss Toffelees colt is a lovely horse, very like his sire, with a snip on his nose and a couple of socks. "And the Golden Butterfly filly is very strong and attractive, she looks a good sprinting type, from a nice stakes-winning mare." UNDER THE RADAR PICK: "The Ustinov- Reasonably colt -- he's a cracking type, a full-brother to Vonusti who's won six for Tim Carter, and I'm quite excited about him." RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: "Sea The Stars, any of his races, he was sensational and it's been so exciting to watch him. He's what racing is all about and I applaud what his owner and trainer have done with him."
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