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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
68 PROPRIETOR winning the AJC The Galaxy Gr.1 atamata-born Kylie Fawcett grew up riding horses around Te Aroha, and nine years ago bought a couple of acres next to Waikato Stud with her partner Eddie Wright. Eddie, a mechanical engineer contracted to Fonterra, comes from a racegoers' background, and is particularly interested in pedigrees. That land purchase was the first step on a path that finally led them to Karaka 2009, where they sold their first yearling draft under the Oxford Thoroughbreds banner. They are returning in 2010 with a 22-strong offering at the Premier, Select and Festival Sales. Kylie and Eddie could have been forgiven if they had been discouraged by the death of their first mare and foal, and then the loss of a filly during breaking-in. They persevered and their luck turned when they attended the NZTBA Waikato Breeders' Day at Te Aroha, where they won a free service to Sandtrap. They sent their mare La Jura to him and sold the resulting colt for $27,000. That good fortune held for the colt's new owners too. He won a race at two and was subsequently sold to Hong Kong where he races as Perfect Style, and was successful over 1200 metres in June 2009. Kylie and Eddie's purchase of the broodmare Kiss In Vain was even more fortuitous. They joined a Te Akau Syndicate and raced a winning filly named Kitty Bird. The couple then bought her dam at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2005 Broodmare Sale, the year before her son Proprietor won the AJC Galaxy Gr. 1. Kylie remembers, "We were at Randwick when Proprietor won the Galaxy and it was very exciting." In 2004, Eddie and Kylie bought a 40-acre property at Hinuera and set it up for the horses they breed from their own eight mares, the weanlings they purchase in Australia and a small number of outside horses. As their numbers have grown, so they have increased their land-holding to sixty acres. Kylie says, "We've had great support from owners like Kevin Algie, who has given us several horses to agist and prepare for sale." She's also clear-eyed about the challenge of being a boutique vendor in a competitive marketplace. "We have to make a space for ourselves by promoting what we do and getting results. Last year we did fairly at Karaka in a difficult market, with all but two horses sold." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: From her Premier draft Kylie selects: Exceed and Excel-Big Step filly - "She's a real two- year-old type, strong, powerful and precocious with a lovely walk, from a great international Group One family." Big Step is a half-sister to the dam of multiple Australian Group One winner Desert War. Jet Spur-Quite Astute colt - "A big, strong, athletic colt who is a early running type with an excellent M OXFORD THOROUGHBREDS attitude and constitution." This is the family of NZ 2000 Guineas winner Magic Cape. Shinko King-Cold Type colt -- "A full brother to dual Group One winner Eskimo Queen who for a November foal is a strong, well developed colt who should appeal to the international market." In the Karaka Select Sale: Snippetson-Rapid Smile colt -- "A correct, athletic, well-balanced colt with a lovely top line. He's a kind horse with a great outlook." This is the family of Group 2 winner Hips Don't Lie, and two-year-old stakeswinners Tristachine, Our Western Music and Born with Wings. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: Kempinsky-Imorgen colt -- "A correct colt with plenty of quality, a real trainer's horse, from the same family as recent Group 2 winner Rangirangdoo." RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: Kylie says, "I hope that's still to come! We've kept a filly by Keeper out of Jacilo, from the family of Grosvenor and Lonhro, she's called My Keepsake. She was an ugly duckling as a foal, who just might be turning into a swan. We're racing her with a small group of people, and we all cheered at the Te Teko trials when she won in October, so who knows what we'll do if she wins a race!" AT THE END OF SALE DAY: Kylie says, "I relax with a glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc in the marquee with clients and friends."
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