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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
Paul Moroney David Ellis Paul Willetts Adrian Clark John Chalmers Michael Wallace VRC Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse ($NZ26,000) and Emirates Stakes, Thorndon Stakes, Spring Classic and Challenge Stakes winner Wall Street ($NZ100,000) both came out of the Select Sale. The AJC Derby winner Headturner ($NZ120,000) and VRC Derby and Spring Champion Stakes winner Monaco Consul ($NZ110,000) are the only other top flight winners Moroney has gone to six figures to secure. Further emphasising Karaka’s value are the NZ 2000 Guineas heroine Clean Sweep ($NZ20,000) and Australian 1000 Guineas winner Shizu ($NZ24,000), while the multiple Gr.1 winners Xcellent ($NZ54,000) and Happyanunoit ($NZ20,000) were other snips and considered by Moroney to be the two best he has snared. Champion juvenile Jokers Wild ($NZ20,000) and Festival buy Altered Image ($NZ20,000) were other steals by the Matamata selector. Tinseltown ($NZ70,000) has been another outstanding purchase with the Avondale, Counties, Rotorua, Queensland, Te Aroha and Summer Cups all in his collection, while Colossus of Rhodes ($NZ80,000), Renegade Arrow ($NZ80,000), Muirfield ($NZ65,000), Nordic Duke ($NZ77,500), Noble Park ($NZ70,000) and Let It Ride ($NZ105,000) are considered exciting future prospects. Another on his way to the top is African Pulse ($NZ130,000), who has won two of his three starts including a thumping of brilliant filly Karuta Queen during the spring carnival at Flemington. Moroney’s quest begins many weeks in advance of the sales and viewing an endless stream of yearlings and poring over their accompanying pedigrees is relentless and intense work. The rewards, however, are there to be seen on the racetracks of Australasia and beyond. Paul Moroney, bloodstock agent, Matamata DAVID ELLIS “ITDOESN’T matter what you do in life, the more you put in the more you get out, and I tell all my staff that and it certainly applies to buying yearlings,” David Ellis said. His tried and true pre-sale program reflects just that. “ It’s a process that takes three months of full time work, and having already seen a lot of yearlings this will be one of the great years for good horses to come out of Karaka. I ’ve said that before and I’ve been right before and there are some unbelievably good yearlings out there.” Ellis has definite future goals in mind and purchases accordingly. “ I try to buy horses I think can win a Sires’ Produce Stakes and then train on to win a 2000 Guineas in the spring,” he said. “ With the sort of colts I’m buying it doesn’t increase their value by winning two mile races.” Ellis has purchased more than 100 black type winners out of Karaka, and particularly satisfying were two he secured in 2002. “ Within half an hour I bought King’s Chapel ($NZ35,000) and Maroofity ($NZ46,000) and between them they finished up as Champion Two Year Old, Champion Three Year Old, Champion Sprinter-Miler, Champion Weight-For-Age Performer and Horse of the Year,” he said. Another major highlight was his purchase for $NZ1.1m of the subsequent multiple Gr.1 winner Darci Brahma, who won at the top level as a two, three and four year-old before retirement. “ He’s earned something like $NZ18m in stud fees already and is an unbelievably exciting sire,” Ellis said. “All the stables tell me they really like the Darci Brahmas.” David Ellis, Te Akau Stud, Ngaruawahia KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW KARAKA 2012 23
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