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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
60 here's nothing puts a spring in a studmaster's step like a couple of young stallions with progeny doing the business on the racetrack. Haunui Farm's General Manager Mark Chitty has had plenty of reasons to feel buoyant in 2009. Elusive City, Europe's champion first season sire of 2008, and sire of French classic-winning filly Elusive Wave, was represented by 27 southern hemisphere winners in 2008-09. Among them were two New Zealand stakeswinners, Metropolitan and Lamington Vegas (both Karaka graduates), and three stakes-placed winners, Ahdashim (bought by Gerald Ryan at Karaka Premier), Returntosender and Spirit of Unicorn. This season opened strongly for Elusive City with the very consistent four-year-old Ahdashim winning at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, and Lamington Vegas resuming with a stakes placing at Rotorua in October. Don Eduardo was a top five third crop sire in New Zealand during 2008-09 with earnings of more than $500,000, thanks to his two Group winners Vickezzchardonnay (Taranaki Gold Cup Gr. 3) and All In Black (Hawke's Bay Gold Cup Gr. 3). The Derby-winning son of Zabeel also figured in the top 20 of the equivalent list in Australia where four-year-old mare Divine Rebel won five of her nine starts including the AJC Chairman's H. Gr. 2 and STC Epona S. LR and ran second in the AJC Sydney Cup Gr.1. Swift Alliance won three last season and has gone right on with the job as a four-year-old, winning three from four by the end of September, including the VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club S. Gr. 3 and a Listed Race at Randwick. Don Eduardo's five-year-old daughter Moti has done much the same, winning four straight, including three stakes races at Randwick, Newcastle and Wyong, and taking her earnings past $A300,000. In New Zealand promising three-year-old Miss Bindi overcame a wide barrier draw and avoided a fallen rider to win a maiden at Ellerslie, after being placed in the ARC Soliloquy S. LR. Mark says, "Twelve months can be quite telling in a stallion's career and I think we've seen that with both Don Eduardo and Elusive City this year. Their results are reflected in their 2009 bookings with Don Eduardo covering a full book, and Elusive City serving over 90 mares for the third season in a row. "Both stallions are priced well, can get a return for breeders in the commercial sale market and are proving themselves on the racetrack. 2009 has been a watershed year for Don Eduardo and with a little more luck, I am sure we will see more black type success before year's end. "Elusive City has continued his run in the Northern Hemisphere siring a Group One winner, while down here, he's getting winners in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand, so we can't ask for much more from two young stallions." Haunui Farm's own honours board has also been boosted in 2009. When Jungle Rocket burst through a narrow gap to win the 2009 WRC New Zealand Oaks Gr. 1, she became the ninth Group One winner bred, raised or sold by Haunui Farm in the past four years. Mark didn't have to wait long for Act Two. Three- time Group placegetter Excelltastic, a $125,000 purchase by Peter Moody from the 2007 Karaka Premier sale, won the SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas LR in April. He's since won two more races, and ran third in the Seymour Cup LR. The stud's other New Zealand sale graduates in winning form this season include Ransom Success, Beautiful Girl, La Vie En Rose (Elusive City) and Meet Me At Raffles (Don Eduardo). As NZTBA vice president, Mark keeps a close eye on the New Zealand thoroughbred industry's domestic and international performance. T HAUNUI FARM He says, "The performance of the New Zealand thoroughbred over the last three seasons has been fantastic and has certainly halted any speculation that we weren't producing the horses of old. New Zealand is still one of the great breeding grounds of the world and our results are even more significant when you consider we aren't testing the number of new stallions each year as in Australia. "The performance of a horse like High Chaparral this spring has been a great result for New Zealand. Winning classic and weight for age races at one of the world's best and most competitive racing carnivals is enormous." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Mark selects the Zabeel-Destined colt, Encosta De Lago-Liberty Walk colt and Zabeel-Honor Lap colt. "All three are very different types, but they have everything in terms of physical make-up and pedigree. It's been a while since we've offered three colts of this quality at Karaka and they certainly won't disappoint." UNDER THE RADAR PICKS: "Our Select Draft features the best line-up of colts on type that we've offered at the sale, but I'm going for the Don Eduardo filly out of Carnegie Belle. "We sold the mare's first foal by Shamardal last year to Donna Logan, she ran second at her first start and I know Donna has a very high opinion of her. This filly is a better individual at this stage of her preparation and Don Eduardo fillies can definitely do the job." RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: "It has to be Jungle Rocket winning the New Zealand Oaks. She was born and raised at Haunui and we sold her at the Karaka weanling sale where John Cameron purchased her for Australian clients. John recommended the filly come back to Haunui and we managed her through, broke her in and then she went off to Jeff McVean. "As always in racing there is a story, and it's not my place to tell it behind the filly's owners, but her Oaks win was a fairytale and an absolute dream come true for her wonderful owners." JUNGLE ROCKET wins New Zealand Oaks Gr.1
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