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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview July 2010
July 2010 24 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW Stakes), Magic Cape (NZ 2000 Guineas, Wellington Stakes), German Chocolate (Premiere Stakes, Missile Stakes), Daunting Lad (John Power Stakes) and For Valour (June Stakes, Ramornie Quality) are among Foxona's stakes-winning descendants. On Geoff's death in 1975, his son Ron moved from his 750-acre sheep and beef farm in Pukekawa to take over the reins at Haunui - "it means big wind and if you ever get to the top of the hill here you'll know why!" Chitty said. The operation expanded in the early 1980s and the 400-acre farm was home to six stallions. "Karyar was the first and then Ruling arrived and in 1988 the Ra Ora-Haunui partnership was established and they got into shuttle stallions quite early with Honor Grades the first and then Last Tycoon," Chitty said. Sea Anchor, Crested Wave, Tights, McGinty, Soviet Star, Marju, Carnegie and Almutawakel have all made significant contributions to the New Zealand breeding industry from their time at Haunui. Mark Chitty, a fully-qualified equine veterinarian, took his place as general manager of Haunui in 2001 and, after Ra Ora elected to disperse its bloodstock holdings, new partnerships were formed with Trelawney, Fairdale and Goodwood Studs. Current resident Elusive City is an example of this successful association. By champion American sire Elusive Quality, Elusive City was the Gr 1 winner of the Prix Morny and champion two-year-old colt of France in 2002. He quickly made an impact at stud and in 2008 was the champion first-season sire of Europe with Elusive Wave (Gr 1 French 1000 Guineas), Soul City (Gr 3 Prix Rochette) and Nashmiah (Listed Spring Cup, Seely Memorial, Musker Stakes) among his leading Northern Hemisphere representatives while leading lights in Australasia have been Return To Sender (Gr 2 Queen of the South Stakes), Lamington Vegas (Ryder Stakes) and Metropolitan (Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes). "He's doing a really nice job and certainly leaving some great types," Chitty said. "He hasn't had great numbers of foals in this part of the world but he does offer a fine return on investment." Standing alongside Elusive City are Ifraaj and Don Eduardo with the former an outstanding son of multiple Gr 1 winner and producer Zafonic (English 2000 Guineas, Dewhurst Stakes, Prix Morny, Prix Salamadre). Iffraaj won seven of his 13 starts, including the Doncaster, Lennox and Park Stakes at Gr 2 level and was runner-up in the Gr 1 July Cup. He was Timeform's highest-rated speed horse of 2006 and ranked ahead of Takeover Target and Ouija Board. "He was a September-winning two-year-old himself and it's great that he's had 13 individual winners in Europe already," Chitty said. "He's a pretty easy horse to mate to on type and it's very much a running family." It is also one particularly well known in Australasia with Iffraaj's dam Pastorale, a winning daughter of Nureyev, being a half-sister to the Gr 1 Lockinge Stakes winner and successful sire Cape Cross. Completing the Haunui line-up is Don Eduardo who still holds the New Zealand yearling record when he sold at Karaka for $3.6 million. The regally-bred son of Zabeel was the Gr 1 winner of the AJC Derby for owner Eduardo Conjuangco before his retirement to stud. From the "Royal Family" of New Zealand racing, he is out of the Gr 1 Railway Handicap winner Diamond Lover and member of the illustrious Eight Carat family that boasts Octagonal, Kaapstad, Marquise and Mouawad in its ranks. "He's got some really nice three-year-olds on the ground and I think breeders now know the right type of mare to send to him," Chitty said. Don Eduardo has enjoyed stakes success in both New Zealand and Australia. On the home front, his daughters All In Black and Vickezzchardonnay have been the respective winners of the Gr 2 Hawke's Bay Cup and the Gr 3 Rotorua Cup while Dashing Donna was runner-up in the Gr 1 Railway Handicap. In Australia, Divine Rebel is a Gr 2 Chairman's Handicap winner, finished a Gr 1 second in the Sydney Cup while Swift Alliance is the dual Gr 3 winner of the Star Kingdom Stakes and Bobbie Lewis Quality and Moti has also been a three-time Listed winner. Poised to join Don Eduardo's list of stakes-winners is the Melbourne four-year-old Zevada. "Tony Noonan has got a huge opinion of him and he's a stayer who shows an awful lot of promise," Chitty said. "We've got good variety with our stallions and the most important thing is that they are all capable of delivering commercial results - people can breed to them with a lot of confidence," Chitty said. Haunui currently runs a band of 55 broodmares wholly or partly-owned by the farm with client mares swelling the number to around 115 in the winter months. "Yearling-wise we vend for regulars like Don McLaren, Paul and Mary Kenny and the Moores of Soliloquy Lodge as well - I see the horses about every six weeks and then we take them in for preparation around October each year," Chitty said. ELUSIVE CITY Champion first season sire in Europe DON EDUARDO Enjoying stakes success in NZ and Australia IFFRAAJ Timeform's highest-rated speed horse of 2006 "We've got good variety with our stallions and the most important thing is that they are all capable of delivering commercial results - people can breed to them with a lot of confidence."
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