by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
NZB KARAKA Friendly faces, quality bloodstock New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale Sales series at Karaka is a magnet for agents and buyers from around the globe. Paul Vettise asked some of the ‘regulars’ what keeps drawing them back to the annual auction and what they like about the venue. PAUL WILLETTS PAUL Willetts has been a successful buyer at Karaka for more than 15 years and has no doubt it provides the best ‘working environment’. “ There’s great value to be had at Karaka and it’s easy to view them there,” he said. The Auckland based agent’s most recent success stories include the Merial Metric Mile-Gr.3 winner Ourforeignminister ($NZ100,000), Big Quick ($NZ16,000) who was successful in New Zealand and is now a multiple winner in Hong Kong as Best City, Our Lukas ($NZ20,000), Attackum ($NZ75,000), Alegrio ($NZ30,000) and Dandaad ($NZ7000). Further afield he has sourced Longwah Supreme who is another multiple winner in Hong Kong this season and the dual Australian Gr.2-winning sprinter Buffering. “ He’s also chased home Black Caviar and there’s no shame in that!” Willetts said. However, on the score of value it would be hard to beat his 2003 Karaka purchase Mandela ($NZ1750). The son of Ebony Grosve has won Group races in New Zealand and Australia to take his earnings beyond the $NZ1m mark. Paul Willetts, bloodstock agent, Auckland ADRIAN CLARK ADRIAN Clark will again be active at Karaka in 2012 but with his time now devoted to his single role as a bloodstock agent. “ I ’ve kept it ticking over right through my 15 years with television and the Ford Report and three years with New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing, but very low key,” he said. “Since leaving NZTM in February the bloodstock agency has become my sole focus.” Clark’s major client is Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud and management of a successful and fast growing thoroughbred portfolio. “ They had 55 mares go to stud this year and they are racing fillies and have stallion shares,” he said. “ Tip The Wink was the first one I bought for Greg and she had instant success winning her first start and has since won two Listed races and placed in the Railway-Gr.1.” They will be selling two Premier yearlings by Fastnet Rock and Northern Meteor through the Curraghmore Stud draft while Clark also breeds on a small scale and has a Zabeel-Sarajay colt in K1 and Stravinsky and Perfectly Ready fillies in the Select Sale. Clark is looking forward to the sales and said it offered the ideal environment. “ Professional buyers who ‘work’ a sale ground know how important good layout is and Karaka has that in spades. The key buyers often comment on how good a set-up it is. The other very special thing about Karaka is its unique atmosphere. Every sale ground I’ve been to has its own feel, but Karaka is different to all of them. I give credit on this score to both the vendors and NZB who collectively work very hard to make the buyers welcome. It’s a genuine welcome and there are many long-standing friendships which have been formed and continued on an annual basis.” “ The facilities on offer are also second to none. The barns are identical, all the vendors have excellent parade areas and that consistency is all-important when buyers are doing their homework and sorting out the men from the boys,” Clark said. Adrian Clark, bloodstock agent, Cambridge JOHN CHALMERS “I’ VE only missed one series since 1994,” WA-based John Chalmers said. “ You couldn’t get a better complex to view horses, and the way they look after you is quite outstanding.” He targets Karaka as the place to source high quality classic and middle distance prospects. “ You can source horses that can get over a bit of ground, so we can get the stayers from there rather than in Australia.” It’s been an approach that has resulted Chalmers enjoying his share of success. “ I bought WA Oaks winners Unpretentious, Matriculate and Leeuwin Concert in New Zealand, Mirror Magic won a Perth Cup, Centisle and Daney Boy won Gr.1 events as well and Bold Image, Free at Last and Rock You won Gr.2 races, and there have been plenty of other good winners as well,” Chalmers said. John Chalmers, bloodstock agent, WA MICHAEL WALLACE “I’ VE spent time in Europe and the United States and obviously in Australia for the sales every year, and Karaka is a great place for the buyers and the vendors,” Michael Wallace said. “ It’s easy to work there and in a good atmosphere and a really nice place to spend the week in a relaxed environment.” Wallace has been buying at Karaka for the past five years with a much-increased presence at the past three sales series. “ I ’m quite heavily involved with Michael Freedman in Singapore and Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds and we’ve had a pretty good last 18 months.” Wallace has sourced the Group-performed juvenile Super Easy, who is now also a multiple winner in Singapore from Freedman’s stable, brother Anthony Freedman has won with Rescue Mission, who has a Group placing to his credit as well. There’s also Southland Guineas-LR winner and Group performer Champagne Needed, while Beejay Belle is a juvenile winner and placed in the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.2. “Our horses can hold their own anywhere and Karaka will offer the opportunity again to buy a great product,” Wallace said. Michael Wallace, bloodstock agent, Cambridge PAUL MORONEY WITH a long and impressive list of Gr.1 winners sourced out of Karaka, Paul Moroney’s record is proof of the value to be had at the National Yearling Sales. KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 22 INDUSTRY OPINION
Feb 2011 Issue - Sale Previews
Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Preview 2012