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Bluebloods : April 2010
April 2010 INGLIS AUSTRALIAN EASTER YEARLING SALE RICH HILL AT EASTER starring Pentire, Pins, Zabeel . . . IF matching the average at the most sensational yearling sale in New Zealand history, and achieving its own best-ever Karaka yearling price seems a hard act to follow for Rich Hill Thoroughbreds -- think again. On the back of a $184,167 Karaka Premier average and a $600,000 top price, the Waikato-based farm is well into Act Two, thanks to a stream of late summer Group race success, and a show-stopping draft for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney (April 6-8). Mufhasa, Zarita, Larry's Never Late, Rangirangdoo, Corporal Jones and Tin Goose have boosted the record of Rich Hill's outstanding sire Pentire with victories in the Otaki-Maori WFA Stakes-Gr.1, MVRC Sunline Stakes-Gr.2 and Launceston Cup-Gr.3, and Gr.1 placings in the AJC Chipping Norton Stakes, ARC New Zealand Derby and Auckland Cup. Together, they've kept Pentire's name on the list of international sires of stakes performers since Karaka, and put him on target for his highest season stakes tally in Australia. That said, gross prizemoney has never been the basis of Pentire's success. His true quality is revealed by the more sophisticated measure of the Annual Progeny Earnings index ratings published by Bluebloods. For example, Pentire headed the 2008-09 Australian APEX ratings in three of five categories (minimum 150 year starters) with outstanding index figures of 5.30 (A runners), 4.26 (AB runners) and 3.13 (ABC runners). Although he was a superlative middle- distance performer himself, winning Gr.1 events at three and four, Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook by Mill Reef) has consistently left brilliant sprinters and milers among his Derby winners, Cup- winning stayers and weight-for-age performers. In all, of them Gr.1 winners. As Rich Hill studmaster John Thompson says, "Pentire has really found his niche in the southern hemisphere, where the New Zealand broodmare band and Australasian racing conditions suit him. The special qualities he leaves are durability and versatility - he doesn't get a lot of two year-olds, but they train on, and win at a range of distances. With exciting young horses out of Pentire mares like Shoot Out in Sydney and Ishka Baha in New Zealand, he's also getting recognition as a broodmare sire. I even had several Australian buyers at Karaka asking to see Pentire at he stud - after 12 years!" At the Sydney Easter Sale John, his wife Colleen and their team will present an elite group of six yearlings by four of the hottest stallions at the Karaka Premier. Want a colt by champion sire Zabeel? There are only nine catalogued for Sydney and Rich Hill has two of them. Lot 251 is from What Can I Say (Khozaam), whose eight-win career featured a gutsy defeat of champion Tie The Knot in the AJC Warwick Stakes- Gr.2. A half-sister to dual Melbourne stakes winner Wry Hero, What Can I Say has already done a great job at stud, leaving multiple Group winner Only Words to End Sweep, and Listed stakes winner Gibraltar Campion to Rock of Gibraltar. John Thompson describes the colt as "very athletic, from a very fast family." A hundred lots later (Lot 351), Rich Hill will offerthe Zabeel-Classy Choice (Redoute's Choice) colt on behalf of Monovale Farm's Paul and Cushla Smithies. Classy Choice is a winning half-sister to splendid Gr.1 winner Devil Moon, from the family of fine stayer Skybeau. John says, "He's a lovely blend of his champion sire and damsire, with a classic Zabeel look about him, and Redoute's Choice muscle." Prefer a Zabeel filly? Rich Hill has one of only five at the Easter Sale and her catalogue page (Lot 448) is to die for. From the marvellous broodmare Gin Player (Defensive Play), she's a half-sister to three Group winners in three countries: Gr.1 winner Zarita, Gr.2 winner Run Like the Wind and HKGr.3 winner Joy and Fun. Quite apart from Zabeel's long-proven ability to leave class racing fillies, he's now an exceptionally valuable broodmare sire, with 57 stakes winners (11 Gr.1) on his record. This filly won't disappoint in the flesh either - she's an "elegant, classic Zabeel beautiful- bodied and correct." Seen New Zealand's current champion three year-old filly Katie Lee and just have to have your very own filly by leading sire Pins? After one withdrawal, there are only three in the Easter Sale and, yes, Rich Hill has one of them in Lot 385. Described by John as "a muscular, correct sprinting type", the Pins-Devant (Zabeel) filly is a must-see for buyers seeking fillies that run, and then produce runners. Her dam was bred to northern hemisphere time and sent to England where she won three races from the stable of Michael Jarvis, including a competitive sprint handicap at Newmarket. The second dam, Gr.2 winner Frenetic, has also left one of Pentire's first-crop stakes winners Mustaagel. This is the family of high class mares Fun on the Run (18 wins, including WRC Thorndon Mile-Gr.1) and her daughter Tall Poppy, winner of 11 races, three at Gr.1 level. Bart Cummings, Mick Price, Danny O'Brien, Mark Kavanagh, John Hawkes and Star Thoroughbreds all made sure they took home a first-crop Darci Brahma yearling from the 2010 New Zealand sales. There are only three lots by the five-time Gr.1 winner in the Easter Sale catalogue and - you guessed it - Rich Hill has one of them, a colt from What Can I Say's winning daughter You Can't Say That (Lot 261). John says, "He's very much in the mould of the Darci Brahmas we saw at Karaka, he's a good-walking, well-balanced colt." It's not surprising that a colt by Pentire completes Rich Hill's draft for the 2010 Easter Sale, and he's the only lot by the son of Be My Guest in the catalogue. The bay is Lot 452 (ex Goodness me by King's island) and he is a half-brother to five winners, including Australian Gr.2 winner Deprivation, a multiple Hong Kong winner as Win Again, and Legend, who won his fifth race in Hong Kong on March 10. Second dam Cinnator is a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Triton and is the dam of Villiers Stakes-Gr.3 winner Tuna Too. Says John, "There were lots of lovely Pentires at Karaka and he's right up there with them, a really nice colt, full of quality and very strong." Pentire (GB) (Be My Guest-Gull Nook by Mill Reef) 28
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