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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
56 thrive on it now, it pretty much consumes me!" That's 24-year-old third generation studmaster and breeder William Fell, who left school not sure if he wanted to follow his father Rex and grandfather Arthur into a career the Fell family have pursued with great success since 1949. "I did a yearling prep with Dad, went to Arrowfield Stud for a year, then spent a year out of the industry, building boats on the Gold Coast." Another sales season in New Zealand followed, and an 18-month stint with Coolmore Ireland, looking after John Magnier's private bloodstock, including the dams of Smarty Jones and Dylan Thomas. Treading a path taken by many other young New Zealanders, William also worked at Coolmore America and Camas Park in Ireland, attending all the major international sales in the United States, England and Ireland. That classic Kiwi overseas experience confirmed William's desire to make his life in the thoroughbred industry and he returned home to set up Goodwood Stud with his father in 2007. There's been little rest for William as he's turned the 320-acre Manawatu farm into a well-appointed horse stud, built up a band of around 45 mares and sold the first draft of Goodwood yearlings, at Karaka 2009. There's also been a new stallion to launch, somewhat sooner than planned. "We got a phone call on a Monday, Dad flew to California with Danny Rolston on the Wednesday and we bought Chinese Dragon the next day." Goodwood Stud will present the first yearlings by the handsome Grade 2-winning son of Stravinsky at Karaka 2011. William receives staunch support from his partner Nikita Stowers, who is completing a PhD in equine nutrition at Massey University, and of course, his father. "Dad is always doing something on the stud, and he's been around in the industry for so long, his opinion is always worth hearing." They have ambitious plans for the immediate future of Goodwood Stud. "We want to increase the number and quality of our mares, sell consistently in the top and middle of the market and secure another stallion." William doesn't need to look very far for examples of what shrewd investment, dedicated horsemanship and hard work can achieve. The Fell family's record of 20th century breeding success -- including champion sire Pakistan II and Australian Horse of the Year Hyperno - provides more than enough inspiration for Goodwood Stud in the 21st century. KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: From the Premier Sale: Holy Roman Emperor-Gifted Lass filly -- "This is a nuggety, strong filly by a sire whose first weanlings were well-received, from a More Than Ready mare, whose own dam is by Centaine." It's the family of Gr. 1 Testafiable and multiple stakeswinner Presently. O'Reilly-Recollection colt -- "A great first foal out of a winning Zabeel mare, he's a big, beautiful, correct "I GOODWOOD STUD colt, a typical O'Reilly." Recollection is a winning sister to stakeswinner Etoile du Nord, from the family of Artie Schiller (Breeders' Cup Mile Gr. 1) and multiple Grade One winner Tallahto. O'Reilly-You Remember Me filly - "A really nice, quality filly, well-balanced with a good shoulder, a very good type." She's a three-quarter sister to the Recollection colt. UNDER THE RADAR PICKS: From the Select Sale: Elusive City-Night to Remember filly -- "She's an outstanding first foal, correct, with plenty of length and quality, well worth inspection." Night to Remember is a half-sister to Gr. 1 Al Akbar. Keeper-Polly Perkins colt -- "A late foal who's correct with good bone and the frame to grow into a lovely horse." Polly Perkins (by Faltaat) is a half-sister to Art Success (7 wins incl. QTC Brisbane Cup Gr. 1). This is also the family of Gr. 1 Hello Dolly and Group winners No Fibs and Classic Spirit. RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: William says, "We're on the lookout for a stallion, so we follow colts racing around the world and were really impressed by Starspangledbanner's Caulfield Guineas win, he dominated a high-class field, just demolished them. The only downside was it probably put us out of the market for him!" AT THE END OF THE SALES: "We tear home to check everything on the stud, and then head to Taupo for a weekend with family to wind down."
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