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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
92 THE SPORTSMAN winning MVRC Moonee Valley Cup Gr.2 estbury Stud general manager Russell Warwick had plenty to celebrate in 2008-09 with nine individual stakeswinners in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand coming off the 212-acre farm at Karaka. Star performer was the Hong Kong Champions Mile Gr. 1 hero Sight Winner, bought for $60,000 by John Foote from Westbury's Karaka 2005 draft. Trained by John Size, the five-year-old gelding became Faltaat's fifth Group One winner and took his earnings beyond $HK11 million. The spring of 2008 was also fruitful for the Stud, when consistent stayer Light Vision (Zerpour) won a Listed Race and quality mare Bellini Rose (Faltaat) scoring a well deserved victory in the VRC Blazer Stakes Gr. 2 defeating Absolut Glam, Forensics and company. Bellini Rose will reside in Australia and her 2010 foal will return to Westbury soon after being weaned, to be raised in the wonderful climate New Zealand offers. In June 2009 Our Lukas, a Paul Willetts purchase from the 2005 Karaka Select Sale, gained black type with an emphatic, all-the-way win in the Ipswich Cup LR. He's now returned almost $300,000 on his $20,000 purchase price. The Westbury honours board was updated at regular intervals in New Zealand too, by Hoorang (Zerpour; CJC New Zealand Cup Gr. 2), Stand Tall (Zabeel; CJC Metropolitan Gold Club Handicap Gr.3., 3rd Hawke's Bay Cup Gr.3), Accardo (Elnadim; ARC Darley Plate Gr. 3, Newmarket Handicap LR) and Captain Rio's Group One-winning daughter Il Quello Veloce, who scored in the Manawatu Challenge S. Gr. 3. On the two-year-old front the very promising Rio Fortune, also by Captain Rio, was a clear cut winner of the Castletown Stakes LR. Il Quello Veloce was a $50,000 Karaka Select purchase by leading Matamata trainer John Sargent, while Rio Fortune was bought for $140,000 from Karaka Premier by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Syndications. Westbury's success has kept rolling into the new season. Elblitzem (Elnadim) posted two black type victories early in the New Zealand season (MRC Metric Mile Gr.3, Matamata Cup LR); and The Sportsman (Kilimanjaro) was an impressive winner of the MVRC Moonee Valley Cup Gr. 2 on Cox Plate day. Russell Warwick says, "We have a large offering for Karaka 2010, 53 in all, representing a great range of Australasia's leading sires: Redoute's Choice, Flying Spur, Lonhro, Fastnet Rock, Charge Forward, O'Reilly, Choisir, Danzero, Elusive Quality, Postponed, Nadeem, Not a Single Doubt, Gonski, Starcraft, Fast 'n' Famous, Faltaat, and Captain Rio." Included in the draft are half or full siblings of Il Quello Veloce, Bellini Rose, Accardo, Light Vision; and yearlings from the stakes-winning mares Zirna, Bahira, Princess Marengo, and Tui Song. KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: Choisir-Our Kitty colt - "He looks a likely type to make a good racehorse. He's very athletic and has made excellent progress since arriving from Australia earlier in the year. He's a quick learner and typical of Choisir, sire of 2009 Caulfield Guineas winner Starspangledbanner. "We have several very good fillies, but a personal favourite is the Not a Single Doubt filly from the Group 3 winner Bahira, making her a half sister to stakes-winning two-year-old Rio Fortune." UNDER THE RADAR PICKS: "Two yearlings that might not 'jump off the page' for potential buyers, but deserve inspection, are the Captain Rio- Miss Monk colt and the Danzero-Treble Tone colt -- both are in the Select Sale. "Bred on the same cross as Group One winner Il Quello Veloce, the Miss Monk colt is a striking individual with size, scope, and a fantastic W WESTBURY STUD temperament; while the Treble Tone colt is a well balanced quality thoroughbred who should mature quickly. "Also worth a look is our colt by a leading US first season sire Kitten's Joy from Velma Kelly. Kitten's Joy is a son of the excellent turf sire El Prado, and has produced five individual stakes winners in his first crop with an amazing four representatives in the 2009 Breeders' Cup series at Santa Anita. RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: "The Sportsman's Moonee Valley Cup win was very rewarding on several levels. Bred at Westbury, he was the last foal of the Noble Bijou mare Lady Joelyn, he's been very consistent and it was wonderful to see him achieve major success on one of Australia's most popular racedays." Westbury Stud races The Sportsman with long-time friends Brendan and Jo Lindsay, first-time owners Steve Devereux and Trevor Iremonger, and Peter Osborne. Russell adds, "Apart from the very healthy prizemoney, the win also gave Russell Cameron his biggest result since returning to Australia to train. And earlier in his career, The Sportsman provided leading apprentice Danielle Johnson with her first winner as a jockey." AT THE END OF SALE DAY: "Relaxing during the sales isn't always easy with early morning starts and so much at stake for the breeders and owners we represent at Karaka. We're fortunate we live close to the Sales Centre so at least we can return home each night and sleep in our own beds! "The international status of the Karaka Sales does let us catch up with a large number of friends and acquaintances, and no matter what happens in the ring, it's always good to meet up with them each year."
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