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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
THE Haunui operation has risen from humble beginnings to elite level status from its Whitford base but progress has forced the Chitty family to look south for the future. "We've sold the main Haunui block to Transpower for the power link between Whakamaru and Otahuhu and leased it back until November 2011," Mark Chitty said. "We purchased a property at Karaka last year which was formerly Stoney Bridge. For the breeding and yearling season in 2010 we'll be based here and in 2011 we will be at Karaka." Emotions will run high come the time of the shift but Chitty was positive and looking forward to the move. "What Haunui is today is down to Mum and Dad and it will be sad, but the Karaka property will be a new challenge and we've just finished a major fencing project there," he said. "It will be exciting times - there's been a lot of investment in bloodstock property at Karaka and we're very happy to be part of that." Haunui was first established in 1955 by his grandparents Geoff and Peg with just a handful of mares. "My grandfather was a businessman who imported cars and dealt in property and he would go to the yearling sales to buy himself racehorses," Chitty said. "It was only 220 acres back then and the foundation mare was Foxona who was bought from Seton Otway." By the champion stallion Foxbridge, Foxona's influence is still very much in evidence in today's broodmare band at Haunui. "Rosie's Girl, Lavender Hill, Dopff and Valpolicella are all her descendants - we're breeding from the seventh generation now," Chitty said. Sybeel (Adrian Knox Stakes), Ascending (Evergreen Stakes), Sir Clive (Hobartville Stakes), Dopff (Bluebird Trophy), Valpolicella (Manawatu Classic), Currigee (Tasmanian Derby), Ready To Lift (Summer Cup, Kingston Town Stakes), Rizon (Herbert Power Stakes), Regent Street (Queensland Guineas), Prince Ruling (Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder July 2010 22 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW HAUNUI FARM IS HEADING SOUTH The winds of change are blowing through Haunui Farm with one of the country's leading thoroughbred establishments preparing for pastures new. Story by Paul Vettise. M.K.
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