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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
80 WALL STREET oogle "te mania" and the listings are all about the good things in life: award- winning wine from the Te Mania Estate in Nelson, quality Angus beef - and fast racehorses bred in North Canterbury. Tucked away in a heavenly corner of New Zealand, 160 km north of Christchurch, Te Mania's unusual micro-climate with its mild coastal temperatures and fertile pastures gives horses bred and reared there the best possible start in life. The wins have come thick and fast for Te Mania's Karaka graduates in the past 12 months, extending its already enviable record as a reliable source of winners. Made famous by well-known breeder Jo Wilding, of the family that founded the Angus cattle stud, the Te Mania sales banner is now shared by Singaporean investors Chun Win Wong and Bee Teck Hoong who purchased their own property next to the Wildings' farm in 2003. They now pursue their breeding interests under the W.H. Holdings name. Their farm manager Kelvin Mahood has no trouble nominating the career of exciting five-year-old gelding Wall Street (Montjeu-Villa Wanda by Grand Lodge) as his racing highlight for the year. He says, "All of his wins have been spectacular!" The latest of his four consecutive wins this season came in the $250,000 Coupland's Bakeries Mile Gr. 2 at Riccarton in November. Bred by Mr Wong, Wall Street was sold by Te Mania at the 2006 New Zealand Premier Sale for $100,000 to Paul Moroney and carries the colours of part-owner Gerard Peterson. Other 2009 performers bred by W.H. Holdings and sold at Karaka are Miss Millbrook, who gained black type with victory in the ORC Dunedin Guineas LR; Fortune Winner, recently successful in Hong Kong; Arabian Princess, a two-time winner in New South Wales; and Paint The Way, now in Singapore after winning in New Zealand in May. Kelvin also purchases the occasional racing prospect for his employers, most recently the cheaply bought three-year-old Summer Surprise, winner of his first two starts at Riccarton this season. Jo Wilding has also enjoyed recent success as the breeder of Karaka graduates stakes-placed Sydney winner Penrickson, now racing in New Zealand, and Fiscal Folly, both from her mare Belle Nuite. They join a long list of fine performers bred by Jo G TE MANIA THOROUGHBREDS at Te Mania over the past four decades, headed by Group One winners Zonda, Surprize Surprize and Jokers Wild (bred in partnership with Messrs Wong and Hoong). Waikato-born Kelvin, now well-settled at Te Mania after stints with Windsor Park and Northfields Studs, relishes the chance to meet old friends at the New Zealand sales. "Everyone at Karaka is like family, and I always look forward to catching up with people in the Te Mania tent once the selling is done." KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: "The Elusive City- Woodini colt is a very strong, mature horse, you could throw a saddle on him now." He's a half-brother to Millbank (2008 MVRC Red Anchor S. Gr. 3). "The Savabeel-Miss Rory colt is very typical of his sire's stock, very correct and athletic." He's a half- brother to champion New Zealand two-year-old Jokers Wild. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: "The Captain Rio- Sweetliner colt is a really nice ballanced colt with a beautiful head. He is from the famous Te Mania family highlighted by Zonda, Magnolia Hall, Surprise Surprise, etc."
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