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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
76 DIVINE REBEL t's been a milestone year for Scott and Katie Eagleton and much of the good news has been delivered by fillies. Three weeks after their second daughter Lisabel's birth in December 2008, their three-year-old filly Puttanesca won the ARC Royal S. Gr. 2. Bred by Seaton Park and put through the Karaka sale-ring, but passed in at the 2006 National Weanling Sale, Puttanesca was also placed in three other fillies' Group races before her healthy six-figure sale to the United States. Scott and Katie have retained her dam Tesoro, now in foal to Stravinsky, and a half-sister by One Cool Cat as a future broodmare. Scott says, "Puttanesca is the first horse we've ever raced and her Royal Stakes win was a massive thrill, while her sale was very important for us as we'd bought a new farm in May 2008." Seaton Park now operates on around 400 acres, foaling 170 mares in 2009, and providing walk-out and yearling preparation services for local and international clients. The boys' team then chipped in at Karaka 2009, where the $400,000 paid for the Street Cry-Dream Lass colt set a Seaton Park record. During the Sydney autumn carnival, four-year-old mare and Karaka graduate Divine Rebel won the AJC Chairman's H. Gr. 2, and Harris Tweed, who was foaled at Seaton Park, won the STC Tulloch S. Gr. 2 before running second in Roman Emperor's Australian Derby Gr. 1. Previous horses prepared and sold at Karaka under the Seaton Park banner include Juice (HBRI Gold Trail S. Gr. 3, 2nd CJC New Zealand 1000 Guineas Gr. 1), Naturo (a Group winner at two and three) and Habana (Group One-placed at two, and a winner in Hong Kong). Seaton Park is not so far in distance from Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan's Monarch Farm, or David & Masey Benjamin's Fayette Park Stud, both of which Scott managed, and it's only five years since the Seaton Park banner made its first appearance at Karaka. Yet already the Eagletons have experienced significant success, in their own right and through their clients. As Scott puts it, in classic Kiwi fashion, "If you stick to your knitting, and do it well, you'll come through the other side." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Darci Brahma-It's My Sin colt -- "A late-ish foal but he's absolutely stunning, a really lovely colt." His Group Two- winning half-sister Divine Rebel has now won six races and more than $A400,000 in Australia. Dubai Destination-Dream Lass colt -- "He's a half- brother to our 2009 sale-topper and a smashing, quality colt." Dream Lass is a winning half-sister to Gr. 2 Vigor and two-year-old stakeswinners Vincent Mangano and Joey Massino, from the wonderful Rationale family. UNDER THE RADAR PICKS: Lucky Unicorn- Deebee Donna filly -- "A cracking filly from a family full of good racing fillies." Deebee Donna is a winning half-sister to Gr. 1 Deebee Belle and the very good current season performer Miss Maren (MRC Easter Cup Gr. 3, 2nd VRC L.K.S. MacKinnon S. Gr. 1, 3rd HBRI Kelt Capital S. Gr. 1). Keeper-Tinkerbeel colt -- "An absolute cracker." He's from a winning Zabeel mare, and the family of Australian stakeswinner Warrior Trader. AT THE END OF SALE DAY: Scott says, "Forget about foaling 170 mares, yearling sales are much more stressful! We enjoy a couple of beers with our I SEATON PARK staff and a meal in the tent. We go through the day's results so we can help tomorrow's clients work out their reserves based on the market. Then we crash! "Once the sales are over, I look forward to driving up our driveway, and coming home." RACING HIGHLIGHTS OF 2009: Scott says, "New Zealand-breds' results at the Melbourne Spring Carnival were phenomenal. It's great to see our industry achieving so much success, especially in middle distance and weight-for-age races. That's our strength, that's what we do. "I have real faith in the quality of horses bred in New Zealand. People who keep doing what we do best, and mate their mares well, will come through these tough times with their heads above water, and then go ahead."
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