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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 11 mares in his first three seasons at Cambridge Stud. The response of buyers to his first crop yearlings at Karaka 2010 was in demand, selling up to $130,000. Winner of five races up to 1600 metres in Hong Kong and Australia, including the VRC Chester Manifold S. LR, Lucky Unicorn is an accomplished son of champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice from the immediate family of Group One-winning sprinters Masked Party and Festal, and champion Australian two-year-old Dracula. At his 2010 fee of $6,000 plus GST Lucky Unicorn offers low-cost access to a pedigree thoroughly tested and proven in some of the world's most competitive juvenile and sprint racing. Keeper (AUS) (Danehill-Nuwirah by Pleasant Colony) has deserved the tag "proven" for some time now but the spotlight has finally found him this season, with five crops of racing age, and 14 stakeswinners (5.9% of his starters) on his record. By early May, Keeper had worked his way to third position on the New Zealand general sires' list (by winners), and held the No. 5 spot on the earnings table (current sires standing). He's one of the youngest stallions among the top ten, and only Volksraad and Zabeel have left more domestic stakeswinners this season than his trio of three-year-old daughters: WRC New Zealand Oaks Gr. 1 winner Keep The Peace, Gr. 3 St Germaine and LR The Beekeeper plus Gr.3 HK winner Special Days. The feminine theme matches Keeper's overall record: nine of his stakeswinners are fillies, including all four of his Group One winners (Keep The Peace, Keepa Cruisin, Insouciant and Linky Dink). His sons Keepin' The Dream (Hawkesbury Gold Cup Gr. 3) and Special Days (HKJC Centenary Vase HK-Gr. 3) have boosted his tally of 2009-10 stakeswinners to five. With the foals from his three largest books of mares reaching the racetrack from 2010-11 onwards, Keeper is poised to consolidate his newly won status as a proven classic sire in the coming seasons. His 2010 fee is $15,000 plus GST. As for Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle by Nureyev), the dictionary is in desperate need of new superlatives to cope with his achievements. There has been no lounging around on the champion sire's pedestal in 2009-10, when he's been represented by 15 stakeswinners, including more Group One winners than any other sire in Australasia: Jessicabeel (AJC Sydney Cup), Zabrasive (STC Rosehill Guineas), Efficient (VRC Turnbull S.) and Zavite (ARC Auckland Cup). With a career total of 41 Group One winners, Zabeel is Australasia's leading active sire in this category, and his prospects of matching and exceeding Sir Tristram's tally of 45 Group One winners look excellent. With a comfortable lead (as at 9 May) on the 2009-10 sires list by combined Australasian earnings, Zabeel is almost certain to win his 14th Dewar Award. He's also in the running to claim his first Centaine Award, for New Zealand's leading global sire, holds third place on the domestic New Zealand sires' table, and tenth position on the Australian general sires' list. Zabeel has been a fixture among Australia's top five broodmare sires for several years and remains in that group this season, with the outstanding three-year-old filly Faint Perfume filling the role of his daughters' leading earner. It's a welcome bonus that the future of his male-line now looks more assured with the rapid rise of his grandson Lonhro to the top of the Australian 3rd season sires' list, and a top five position on the general table. Very few six-figure service fees can be described as great value, but with a lifetime record of just over 11% stakeswinners-to-runners and an average price of $315,588 for 51 yearlings sold in 2010, the $100,000 plus GST asked for Zabeel this year is one of them. The shareholders and other breeders who fill his strictly limited book of seventy mares this year are fortunate indeed. The response of buyers to Lucky Unicorn's first crop yearlings at Karaka 2010 was in demand, selling up to $130,000. TAVISTOCK a Gr.1 winner with a classic pedigree LUCKY UNICORN a stakeswinning son of Redoute's Choice M.K. NZTM
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NZ Sires Preview July 2010