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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
72 f feminism needs a poster girl in the New Zealand thoroughbred industry, look no further than Janine Dunlop. A yearling manager at eighteen, she set up her own business to prepare and sell horses at twenty-two. She's now a well-established, successful and popular vendor at Karaka yearling and ready to run sales. Janine has every reason to be proud of Phoenix Park, based on a beauifully setup fifty-acre property between Cambridge and Ohaupo she bought in 2006. However, she's more interested in talking about how she cares for the horses she sells, than the path her career has taken over the past two decades. "I guess my approach is a bit alternative. I use natural supplements and homeopathic remedies, don't apply chemicals on the farm and give the horses a choice of different forage. It's all about working with nature to support the health of the individual animal." Janine hastens to add that she's always happy to call Douglas Black one of the very best vets within the industry when necessary, but over time her confidence in natural treatments for common equine conditions has only increased. She's also a believer in taking time to teach young horses to walk and present themselves as well as possible. "It's so important for yearlings to be able to walk properly, so their athletic potential is obvious to buyers." The outstanding quality of the horses she presents for sale, and the results they achieve, both at Karaka and on the racetrack, are all the endorsement Janine needs. Past Phoenix Park graduates include Group One winners Able One (Hong Kong), Lim's Prestige (Singapore), She's A Meanie (New Zealand), and Marju Snip and Rockdale (Australia), as well as Group 2 winners High Cee and Lady Dehere, and stakeswinners McFlirt, Jazzmatazz and Class Success. This season Janine has been delighted to see My Scotsgrey win the CJC New Zealand Cup Gr. 3, and Metropolitan Trophy Gr. 3 at Riccarton. Part of the Phoenix Park draft at Karaka Select 2007, he didn't make his $40,000 reserve, but was subsequently syndicated by trainer Shaune Ritchie, who had bid on him at the sale. Janine recalls, "He was a most unusual colour, but he was a neat horse and I was disappointed not to sell him at the time. It's great to see him go on and win good races for his breeders and owners." St Fevre, sold for $250,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Ready To Run Sale, and second in the 2009 MRC Sires' Produce S. Gr. 1, is another Phoenix Park graduate. The farm is also a popular destination for yearlings after the sales, with leading buyers such as Laurie Laxon, Phil Cataldo and Ricky Yiu placing their purchases in Janine's care. Janine says of her Karaka 2010 draft, "We've got a really good, even line of correct, high quality horses." Her enthusiasm for selling them is not dimmed by a more difficult market or an injury she suffered during a yearling parade last season. "I love what I do and I'll keep doing it as long as I continue to enjoy it." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: O'Reilly-Star Affair filly - "A star filly, and a unique opportunity to buy a filly from the Dennis brothers' amazing family. She's as big and strong as any filly I've had." Two of her half-brothers have produced Group form this season: Solid Billing (Rock of Gibraltar) has won four and placed second in the CRC Counties Cup Gr. 2 on 21 November; while Galileo's Galaxy (Galileo) has won twice, and ran second in the Turffontein Dingaans Gr. 2 on 28 November. I PHOENIX PARK O'Reilly-The Dazzler colt -- "I have a lot of time for him, he's more of a staying type, correct and a free walker." Both these yearlings are three-quarter siblings to dual Group One winner The Jewel and The One (VRC Danehill S. Gr. 3). Their second dam is the stakeswinner and 2003 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year The Grin. No Excuse Needed-Jackie O' filly -- "A very powerful, beautiful filly and full of quality." She's a half-sister to two stakeswinners, One Love (New Zealand) and Kildare (Hong Kong), from the outstanding family of Group One winners Roman Emperor, Black Mamba and Tully Thunder. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: Keeper-Free Court colt -- "He's a later foal, but a precocious, neat type, and very tidy." He is a half-brother to Court Ruler (QTC Queensland Derby Gr. 1, WRC Trentham S. Gr. 3), from the family of Black Piranha (QTC Stradbroke H. Gr. 1) and Group 3 winners Freequent & He'll Do. RACING HIGHLIGHTS OF 2009: "Any top-end, Group One racing, that's what we all strive for; and I really enjoy the early two-year-old racing, it's just fantastic to see doors of opportunity opening for young stallions. "My personal racing highlight of the past 12 months or so was seeing Takeover Target beat Apache Cat in the 2008 Winterbottom Stakes. I was in Perth, promoting the Karaka sales, staying with agent and good friend John Chalmers, and it was a tremendous race to watch, just phenomenal." AT THE END OF THE SALES SERIES: "I like to relax by going hunting and fishing - what a wonderful way to relax."
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