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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
ANOTHER BITE OF THE CHERRY? New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of Two- Year-Olds is renowned for being the leading Breeze Up Sale in the Southern Hemisphere. Give your yearlings another bite of the cherry by offering them as two-year-olds at Karaka this November. Contact Mary Jane Harvey at NZB for entry forms: Ph: +64 9 298 0055 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nzb.co.nz READY TO RUN SALE OF 2YOS 16 & 17 NOVEMBER AT KARAKA. ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY 23 AUGUST KARAKA 2013. It sounds so far away but this is what many breeders around the country are currently planning for, trying to predict what's going to bring them the best return on investment in two-and-a-half years time. It's not easy but you can make the chances of success much better by doing your homework. The first decision you need to make is -- are you breeding to race or breeding for the yearling sale market? Fortunately, if you're breeding to sell, there are many ways you can try and maximise your chance of sale ring success, starting with what sire you choose to breed to. Look at the yearling sales results and determine what the market is paying decent money for. New Zealand's biggest market is still Australia and it is interesting that Australians are now buying our middle distance and staying horses like they used to 10 or more years ago. Sending your mares to stallions that can leave a horse that will get over ground is all of a sudden fashionable again. Don't forget Hong Kong and Singapore in your mix though. Have a look at the Sires Tables up there and understand what stallions are performing in that part of the world. Quite often it will be stallions which are only performing okay in Australasia. As a result their service fees may be lower and if you are lucky enough to have a nice colt your return on investment could be significant. If you're starting out with a young mare it's important to give them the best chance of success, so a proven sire is generally a good place to start. It might be worthwhile sending your young mare to a really good proven stallion even though he may not be the most commercial sire in the sales ring. Perhaps do that for a couple of years and then go to the sexy first season sire that everyone is talking about. Do your homework and talk to breakers and trainers. Try and get the early mail on the ability of the progeny of some of the younger sires - the third and fourth season at stud for a young sire is where you can often get the best value. Finding a stallion that will suit your mare on type is important. It is no good sending your mare to a stallion because you can get a fantastic deal or because you saw him win his Group One race, without considering whether she is a good match physically. If your mare has had a few foals before it will of course be easier to determine what type of stallion will suit. If not seek advice from industry professionals if you need help in determining what stallions will match your mare on type. You could also consider a pedigree expert to assess your mare's pedigree and how it matches up with certain stallions. Have a look at the nicks and crosses that are successful and see if you can replicate a certain nick that works well in this part of the world. People can place too much emphasis though on going back five or six generations and lose sight of the commercial appeal of the suggested mating based on pedigree. So just consider pedigree analysis as part of the mix in determining what stallion to send your mare to. How much you spend on the service fee will largely be determined by the quality of your mare...and perhaps budget. A Group One winner obviously deserves to go to a much higher fee than an unplaced mare. Try not to under mate and at the same time sending an average mare to an expensive sire may not get you the desired result in the sale ring. Remember this though - the difference in a sire's stud fee can be the difference between one bid in the sale ring so sometimes it's best to bite the bullet and spend that little bit extra initially. July 2010 3 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW DO YOUR RESEARCH Three very important words when planning a mating for your mare, by Andrew Seabrook -- NZB.
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