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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
94 nthusiastic buyer feedback at Karaka 2008 confirmed what the team at Windsor Park Stud already knew: they had an outstanding draft of yearlings. So it's proved in 2009 with a stunning series of results capped by three prime- time Australian Group One victories for So You Think and Monaco Consul. The two colts bought by DGR Thoroughbred Services and Paul Moroney are the headliners for a remarkable ensemble performance by Windsor Park's Karaka class of 2008. So far the count is four Group winners, one Listed stakeswinner, four Group-placed winners and a two-year-old stakes placegetter. Windsor Park is hardly unfamiliar with this level of achievement in the 38 years since Nelson Schick and Sue Schick took over the stud originally established by the Duncan family in the early 1960s. After all, they're also the breeders and vendors of two-time Australian Horse of the Year Might And Power, and a host of other Group One winners, including Sky Chase, Catalan Opening, Coco Cobanna, Golden Sword, Falkirk, Just A Dancer, Sprint By, Bonanova and Showella. Exceptional horses and people are the key ingredients of the stud which now dominates Kaipaki Road near Cambridge. Nelson, Sue and their son Rodney remain closely involved with the day-to-day running of their business, helped by outstanding staff, all with impressive industry pedigrees of their own. Stallion power has kept Windsor Park's name in the first rank of New Zealand studs for almost four decades. From Silver Dream to Star Way and Kaapstad, and the current roster headed by Volksraad and High Chaparral, there's an unbroken sequence of champion and leading sires. Thorn Park has sired six stakeswinners and five stakes-placed performers from his first 98 starters, most recently Centennial Park (VRC Chatham S. Gr. 3) and Te Akau Rose, twice stakes-placed this season after winning at Group 2 level as a two-year-old. Golan is now the sire of six NZ-bred stakeswinners, and five stakes-placed winners, his most recent star being My Scotsgrey impressive winner of the CJC New Zealand Cup Gr. 3. King's Chapel's first crop three-year-olds include juvenile Gr.2 winner King's Ransom, a stakes winner again this season who ran fifth in the CJC NZ 2000 Guineas Gr. 1. Brilliant international Group winning sprinter Falkirk's first crop two-year-olds already include debut placegetter San Leonardo. Seven-time champion New Zealand sire Volksraad, described as "the complete stallion package" by The Australian, improves his record every season. In September Velocitea became his 51st stakeswinner with a well-deserved victory in the MRC How Now S. Gr. 3, and in November Richard Beymer added a second Listed stakes win to his record. As for High Chaparral, who didn't shuttle south in 2007, general manager Steve Till says, "It's rare for a stallion to sire a Cox Plate winner and a VRC Derby winner in their first crop, and to make the top five on the Australian sires' list with only two crops racing. He is a very exciting stallion and the wonderful books of mares he's covered these past two seasons will ensure he will have outstanding yearling drafts for Karaka 2010 and 2011." E WINDSOR PARK STUD KARAKA 2010 STANDOUTS: "The Zabeel-Very Musical colt, Encosta de Lago-Polish Princess colt and Elusive City-Triassic colt are headline acts. "We also have two Golan fillies, half- and full-sisters to VRC Derby winners Monaco Consul and Kibbutz, that will feature strongly in the Premier Sale." UNDER THE RADAR PICKS: "The Falkirk- Justababe filly is a very appealing individual. From the second crop of a promising young sire, she is from a young Flying Spur mare who has already produced the stakeswinner Comme Tu Veux. "In the Select Sale we have a very progressive three-quarter brother to this season's Gr.1 2000 Guineas runner-up Military Move. By Volksraad from Mardi Gras, he impresses with the way he's developed through his preparation and is bred on the very successful Volksraad- Kaapstad cross." RACING HIGHLIGHT OF 2009: Steve says, " You couldn't help but be impressed with Sea The Stars and Zenyatta in the northern hemisphere, where their performances elevated them to legendary status, but equally, So You Think's Cox Plate victory followed by Monaco Consul's win in the VRC Derby stand out as a personal racing highlight for 2009. For Windsor Park to have raised and sold our second Cox Plate winner (following Might And Power's victory in 1998) in tandem with a VRC Derby winner takes some beating!" AT THE END OF SALE DAY: "It would be handy if there was a good trout river near Karaka to go to after a gruelling day in the vendor's box, I can tell you. Trout can be a lot easier to deal with!" 2009 VRC Derby winner MONACO CONSUL as a yearling at Windsor Park.
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