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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
64 TOP LOT RTR Sale 2009 - Colt by Bertolini (USA)-Ebony Pearl. ake careful draft selection, add superb horsemanship and a lot of hard work by a well-respected, well-liked husband-and- wife team and you have Lyndhurst Farm, a top ten vendor by aggregate at Karaka Premier for the past two years. Throw in racetrack results like Group One winners Sousa and Zabeat, Sydney stakeswinners Emperor Bonaparte and Likefatherlikeson, Group- placed Cassini, and smart two-year-olds St Culpe and Donthassleme, and it's easy to understand why the Lyndhurst draft is a popular destination for buyers. Mark and Shelley Treweek's success is hard-earned, and based on a lifelong education with horses, as Shelley explains. "We're both from Hastings, and Mark was brought up with horses. His father Neil was a successful jumps jockey and has been course manager at Te Rapa for the past 15 years. "Mark began as a show rider, and moved to race riding, but weight caught up with him so he became a jumps jockey and was a breaker when I met him. I was a show rider too, then rode trackwork. "Mark was offered a private training job so we moved to Taupo, and did very well racing horses in the Waikato for 18 months. We were married by then and moved on to be private trainers for Ken Davies, until he decided to give racing away. "Then Bruce and Maureen Harvey from Ascot Farm approached us to work for them, and we both ended up doing sale horses. It was quite different from breaking and training, but we both had the show horse background, which helped a lot. "We learned a lot and thought this was a great part of the industry to work in, so we decided to give it a go ourselves. We leased this property for a year with an option to buy, but we didn't have a lot of money. Fortunately, we bought a Kaapstad weanling for $2000 and re-sold him as a yearling for $30,000 which gave us the deposit we needed." The substance Shelley and Mark seek and develop in the yearlings they present at Karaka is evident in their memories of two colts sold for six figures from their 2007 New Zealand Premier Sale draft. "Donthassleme was a big strong type with good bone, while Emperor Bonaparte was a powerful Montjeu with good bone and a huge walk." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Redoute's Choice- Surprize Surprize colt -- "He's a well conformed and attractively marked colt, with an intelligent, calm temperament and a kind eye. He's correct with a lovely walk and hard to fault as the complete package. His half- brother by Zabeel was bought by John Foote for $360,000 at the Karaka Ready To Run Sale for clients of John Size in Hong Kong. This colt will command a lot of attention." Surprize Surprize, from the family of New Zealand Derby winner Zonda, won eight races including the Te Aroha JC New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' S. Gr. 1. Darci Brahma-Giovana colt -- "A classically built colt, a graceful mover with scope, and an outstanding type from Darci Brahma`s first edition of yearlings. His half-brother by Encosta De Lago was the sale topper at Karaka Premier 2009, so is sure to be on most buyers' lists." Giovana's eight wins included four at Group One level, notably the QTC Queensland Oaks and WRC Thorndon Mile. Her only foal to race is Chivana, winner of two races in Australia and stakes-placed at Flemington as a two-year-old. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: Perfectly Ready- Grovana colt - "When purchased he was a backward colt, but he's slowly developed into a great type with T LYNDHURST FARM an impressive stride and boldness to whatever he does. He`s out of a Grosvenor mare, and Perfectly Ready should create a good impression with the individuals he has produced." Grovana is a Group-placed winner of seven races up to 1600 metres. AT THE END OF SALE DAY: "Nothing beats a cold beer and glass of great red wine with family and friends, clients and staff in the tent, and a good steak or seafood." RACING HIGHLIGHT of 2009: Apprentice rider James McDonald winning the New Zealand jockeys' premiership.
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