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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
88 ALAMOSA here have been a couple of newcomers to Wellfield Lodge in 2009, new sire Alamosa and Hugh Taylor, who's responsible for marketing, communications and client liaison. Englishman Hugh, who grew up twenty minutes from Cheltenham Racecourse, has been in New Zealand for ten years and joined Wellfield Lodge after working in the feed industry. He says, "It's a fabulous opportunity, especially being involved with the launch of a special horse like Alamosa." The four-time Group One winner by O'Reilly has received strong first season support from his shareholders and local breeders who sent him a quality book of around 110 mares. In the meantime the stud's foundation sire Handsome Ransom has been making a good impression with his first crop three-year-olds. He's had four winners in Australia (No Ransom), Singapore (Smitten Kitten) and New Zealand (Coastal Mist and Street Party), and several promising horses such as Fatkid, Stylish Bounty and Handsome Zulu seem certain to extend their sire's record. Hugh is very bullish about Handsome Ransom's progeny. "They're big, strong, physical types and everyone that has them, loves them. Sales of his successful trials performers last season have inevitably lowered his profile at home, but they've also given owners and breeders great returns, and we're now seeing them win offshore." Handsome Ransom's ownership syndicate has backed the Group 3-winning son of Red Ransom with solid numbers of quality mares over the past three years. Two Select Sale yearlings in the Wellfield draft illustrate that support. The colt from You Beauty is a half-brother to dual Australian Group 2 winner Bird of Fire, and the colt out of Filament is a half-brother to multiple New Zealand Group winner Chettak. Chettak, winner of six races and more than $300,000, was a $55,000 purchase by Stuart Hale and Stephen Marsh from Wellfield's Karaka Select draft in 2004. Another Karaka graduate from the stud is Winter King, stakes-placed at his debut in Sydney and the winner of three races at two last season for his buyer and co-owner Les Samba. The enthusiasm of Wellfield's owners for their business and the industry is fired by long family histories in thoroughbred racing. Bill Gleeson's great- grandmother was a publican and raced horses in Australia during the 1930s, and his grand-parents also raced horses for many years. Peter Didham belongs to the famous Didham clan -- his father Jim trained the 1971 Auckland Cup winner Artifice, his uncle Midge rode Baghdad Note to victory in the 1970 Melbourne Cup, and his grandfather Arthur prepared many fine horses, among them the outstanding stayer Igloo. With around 70 broodmares based on 300 acres of prime Manawatu farmland, six appearances at Karaka behind them, a young sire off to a good start and T WELLFIELD LODGE Alamosa's first foals due in 2010, the team at Wellfield Lodge has every reason to feel confident about the future. KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Fastnet Rock- Akris filly -- "The nicest Fastnet Rock I've seen, very correct, with good muscle development and bone, by a sire of the moment." From a winning half-sister (by Zabeel) to Group One-placed stakeswinner Gorky Park; the family of Gr. 3 Galroof, and stakeswinners Pinnacles, Manzeal and Lord Mick. Zabeel-Cold Shoulder colt -- "A three-quarter brother to Efficient and built in a very similar mould: neat, compact, tidy and athletic." Efficient won the 2006 VRC Derby Gr. 1, 2007 VRC Melbourne Cup Gr. 1 and 2009 VRC Turnbull S. Gr. 1. UNDER THE RADAR PICK: Bradbury's Luck- Dance Class colt -- "Absolutely stunning, well- grown, early running type - simply a beautifully put together horse" He's from a stakes-placed two-year- old winner, and the family of Gr. 2 Hips Don't Lie, and Group 3 winners Rhythm and Simon Said. RACING HIGHLIGHTS OF 2009:Hugh says, "Sea The Stars and Zenyatta, two absolute racing superstars, in the Arc and the Breeders' Cup Classic, they were both fantastic to watch." AT THE END OF SALE DAY: "We enjoy having a drink with successful purchasers and toasting future champions!"
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