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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
62 ROMAN EMPEROR (NZ) - AJC Australian Derby Gr.1 roup One victories always shine their light beyond the raceday winner's circle, as pedigrees upgrade and everyone who has played a part in the winner's origins and development takes a well-earned bow. Light from several angles fell on the Williams family's Little Avondale Stud after Roman Emperor's 2009 AJC Australian Derby Gr. 1 win. Not only was the son of Montjeu and Gussy Godiva sold under the Little Avondale banner, but he's also descended from Sanderae, the outstanding filly bred in 1967 by brothers Buzz and Tom Williams. Sanderae (Oncidium-Nell) won nine races, seven of them in Melbourne, and in 1970 she gave trainer Bart Cummings the second of his - so far - nine VRC Oaks Gr. 1 victories. Studmaster Sam Williams, who now manages Little Avondale with his wife Catriona, remembers the now legendary trainer inspecting Sanderae's great- grandson at the 2007 New Zealand Premier Sale and saying, "Now this is a nice horse." Nice enough for Cummings to pay $240,000 for the colt, whose co-breeders, cousins Michael and Arthur Ormond, are long-standing friends and clients of the Williams family. Roman Emperor, who returned in the spring to run second in the MRC Caulfield Cup Gr. 1, has now won more than $A1.3 million. The Sanderae family also produced Can't Keeper Down, passed in at Karaka Premier 2007 and second in the 2009 WRC New Zealand Oaks Gr. 1. From the same sale came Larry's Never Late, offered by Little Avondale on behalf of the Te Parae Trust, and purchased for $77,500 by Robert Roulston Bloodstock. He won five of his 13 starts last season and contested three Derbys, finishing sixth in Melbourne,fourth in Adelaide and third in Brisbane. More Bountiful, bought by John Foote from the Little Avondale draft at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2006 South Island Sale, won the HKJC Chairman's Trophy HK-2, and completed a Kiwi-bred quinella behind Thumbs Up in the Hong Kong Classic Mile HK-1. At season-end, he was named the Most Improved Horse in Hong Kong. Sam Williams says, "That was a very satisfying result for a horse who nearly died as a foal." Resident sire Towkay continues to build his fine reputation in Hong Kong, where he has been among the top ten sires for three of the past four seasons. He finished 2008-09 with an outstanding tally of 13 winners from 16 runners, headed by Ambitious Mascot (four wins, $HK2.1 million). His latest star is the brilliant sprinter Ace Aliado, unbeaten in seven Singapore starts during 2009. Trained by Laurie Laxon for the Ace and Midas Touch Stables, Ace Aliado wound up the year with a thrilling victory in the E.W. Barker Trophy Sing-2, to become Towkay's tenth stakeswinner. Sam Williams says, "These are really exciting times for Towkay, he has several other very promising young horses in Hong Kong and his Karaka 2010 yearlings are from a quality book of mares." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Darci Brahma- Rivertaine colt -- "He's a different type of Darci Brahma, with a look of Centaine about him. He has G LITTLE AVONDALE STUD lovely scope, length and presence -- a striking colt." This is the family of Group One winners Legs, Guyno and Sixty Seconds. We feel we have an exceptional lineup of fillies. The Pins-Dancing Daze -- "A lovely feminine filly, with a great shoulder ", the Pins-My First Fifteen -- "very powerful" and the Lonhro-Danone filly who is "very athletic and out of a full sister to the Danehill horse Saxon who won the G2 Queensland Guineas". From the Select Sale, the Towkay-Jabeske colt -- "He's simply outstanding." A half-brother to Singapore winner Dream Key, he's also related to Gr. 3 Rock You and Gr.3 Howmuchyacharging. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: Towkay-Wake Up Suzie colt -- "He's a late foal but you'd never know it, he's a big, strong powerful boy, and one of only three Towkays in the Premier Sale." From a stakes- winning mare, he's a full brother to Kay's Awake, a stakeswinner and four times Group One-placed. RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: "Roman Emperor's AJC Derby, because of our connection with his family, and his breeders; because we reared and sold him; and because he beat the Aussies and did New Zealand proud." AT THE END OF THE SALES: "We pretty much go home for a quiet beer and quiet night, then sleep for two days! There's nothing like getting home. "In our tent at Karaka we enjoy sitting down with fellow vendors like the Taylors from Trelawney, Mark and Lisa Chittick, Mark and Sara Chitty, and catching up with clients and friends."
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