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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
84 ew southern hemisphere breeding operations can match the heritage of Trelawney Stud, New Zealand's oldest commercial stud farm, established by Seton Otway in 1930. Renowned as the source of seven 20th century Melbourne Cup winners and Hall of Fame champion Tulloch, Trelawney has wasted no time making its mark on the 21st century too. Led by managing director Brent Taylor, whose family purchased the 460-acre farm in the early 1990s, Trelawney has been represented at the elite level in 2009 by Allez Wonder, who won the MRC Toorak H. Gr. 1 in October. A daughter of Redoute's Choice and Luna Tudor, Allez Wonder was purchased for $600,000 by Bart Cummings at the 2007 Karaka Premier Sale. Black Mamba (Black Minnaloushe-Sneetch), sold for $120,000 under Trelawney's banner at Karaka Premier in 2005, won the Hollywood Beverly Hills H. Gr. 2 for the second time in June, and saluted the judge twice more before being sold at auction for $US1.5 million. In all she has won seven races, including the 2008 Del Mar John C. Mabee H. Gr. 1, and will have her final start in the Hong Kong Vase Gr. 1 in December before retiring to stud. 2008 New Zealand Oaks Gr. 1 winner Boundless (Van Nistelrooy-Nothing Less) returned to her best form in November, winning the ARC Alison S. Gr. 3 before a commanding victory in the CRC Counties Cup Gr. 2. An $80,000 Trevor McKee purchase from Trelawney at the 2006 New Zealand Premier Sale, the five-year-old mare's earnings now total more than $600,000. Completing an impressive quartet of female Group performers for the Stud in 2009 is Ruud van Slaats (Van Nistelrooy-Quintilla), third in both the WRC Telegraph H. Gr. 1 and Waikato Draught Sprint Gr. 1, and a fighting second in November's CRC Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' S. Gr. 2, a race she won in 2008. There's no particular secret to Trelawney Stud's modern success. As Brent explains, "It's all about quality, investing in quality mares and stallions, and then retaining some of our own fillies to prove them and keep developing our broodmare band." He identifies the Stud's long-term investment in four female families as good examples of that strategy. The Taylors bought Josette Nicole (Three Legs- Diatrelic) from Grangewilliam Stud more than 20 years ago and won three races with her, including the WRC Desert Gold S. Gr. 2, but she left only one foal. Fortunately, that was a filly by Grosvenor named Martine Michelle, a stakes-placed winner who left five live foals, but only two daughters. One of them was Australian Group One winner Pernod (by Centaine), happily retained by Trelawney and already securing her distaff line with several fillies, including one in Trelawney's Karaka 2010 draft. The wider family has produced a stream of top performers in the past decade, including Gr. 1 Russian Pearl, Gr. 1 Piachay, Gr. 3 Utility , Gr. 3 Martini Red and Group One-placed stakeswinner Volksini. Trelawney's 1996 purchase of Rationaine (Centaine- Rationale) gained access to the outstanding family developed by private breeder Phil Newman, and also held by Waikato Stud which has bred its latest stars, Gr. 2 Vigor and two-year-old stakeswinners Vincent Mangano and Joey Massino. Brent says, "It's a proven source of quality yearlings that can run, has already produced some very high-class horses and there's a large number of very well-bred ones to come in the next few years." Rationaine has left Victoria Derby Gr. 1 winner Amalfi among her five winners, and Trelawney is also breeding from several of her daughters. F TRELAWNEY STUD Brent's mid-1990s purchase of two mares by Last Tycoon, Carmel Valley and Maybe Yes, has so far added two Group One winners to Trelawney's honours board, Hill of Grace (Zabeel) and The Mighty Lions (Grosvenor). Both were sold at the New Zealand yearling sales, for $85,000 and $40,000 respectively. KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Pins-Pernod filly -- "A rare chance to buy into this family - we've retained her fillies by Zabeel and O'Reilly. She's full of quality, with length and strength, a nice running filly."A half-sister to Gr. 3 Martini Red, from the outstanding mare Pernod (eight wins, including the MRC Invitation S. Gr. 1). Nadeem-Mistrale colt -- "A very, very nice colt from a top-class New Zealand family." Mistrale won five races, including the ARC Queen Elizabeth H. Gr. 2 and her relatives include Group One winners Vice Regal, Valencia, Sky Chase and Kindacross. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: Fast 'n ' Famous- Astralita colt -- "He's a little immature, but has a lot of quality." He's a half-brother to the Group-placed Australian stakeswinner Astronomia. RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: Brent says, "Allez Wonder was such an exceptional yearling, she made great money and has raced almost continuously in the best company. It's a great result to produce a high-priced yearling that goes on to deliver on the racetrack. She was an all-round quality individual in every respect." AT THE END OF SALE DAY: "We've built our own facility at Karaka and it's great to entertain clients there after the sale. It's been fantastic, saves us going into the city, and allows us to entertain our clients and buyers in a relaxed atmosphere."
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