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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
the Robert Dawe Agency for $NZ80,000 and, after a grand haul of Australasian Gr.1 titles, he went on to become the first New Zealand bred to win at the top level in Europe after he claimed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-Gr.1 and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp-Gr.1 in 2005. The great Hong Kong galloper Vengeance of Rain was a $NZ300,000 purchase for Graeme Rogerson in 2002 and highlights of Hong Kong Derby and Gold Cups aside, he also claimed the Dubai Sheema Classic-Gr.1 . Te Akau Stables principal David Ellis made two shrewd purchases with Champion Juvenile Maroofity for $NZ46,000 and at $NZ35,000 came the Champion Three Year Old King's Chapel. Stuart Hale's efforts were also noteworthy as he claimed the Bayer Classic winner-Gr.1 Russian Pearl for $NZ37,500 and the South Australian Oaks-Gr.1 winner Dowry for $53,000. Champion trainer Paul O'Sullivan bought New Zealand Breeders' Stakes winner Rockabubble for $NZ57,500, while the mares Unearthly (Flight Stakes-Gr.1) and Vouvray (Queensland Oaks-Gr.1) subsequently made their respective purchase prices of $NZ360,000 and $NZ200,000 look good business with fine racing careers. The sale of 2003 further emphasised the value to be found at Karaka with agent Michael Stedman parting with $NZ140,000 for the subsequent Cox Plate-Gr.1 winner El Segundo, while that man Moroney did it again when he paid $NZ45,000 for the subsequent dual New Zealand Horse of the Year and multiple Gr.1 winner Xcellent. Moroney also snapped up the NZ 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner Clean Sweep for just $NZ20,000. Other Gr.1 - winning graduates from the auction included Railings (Caulfield Cup, Metropolitan Handicap), Keeninsky (Telegraph Handicap, Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes), Swick (VRC Classic), Lachlan River (Queensland Derby) and Mr Baritone (Stradbroke Handicap). In 2004, David Ellis completed one of his most satisfying purchases when he went to $NZ1.1m for the Peter and Philip Vela-bred Darci Brahma. The son of Danehill realised all that stallion potential with Gr.1 wins as a two, three and four year-old and has now made a most encouraging start to his stud career at The Oaks. Ellis also secured Kindacross (Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes-Gr.1) for $NZ62,500, while Rob McAnulty went to $NZ750,000 for De Beers who claimed the Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 before retiring to stud. Moroney's bid of $NZ125,000 was enough to seal the deal for AJC Derby- Gr.1 winner Headturner in 2004, while other headline acts of the year were Hong Kong Champions and Chater Cup-Gr.1 winner Packing Winner at $NZ300,000 and Australasian Oaks-Gr.1 winner Marju Snip at $NZ52,500. Melbourne Cup hero Efficient came out of the 2005 sale, with Graeme Rogerson outlaying $NZ220,000 for the son of Zabeel who also has VRC Derby and Turnbull Stakes titles to his credit. Another son of Zabeel in Fiumicino went to prominent owner Nick Moraitis for $NZ425,000 and his career highlights included AJC Derby-Gr.1 and Tancred Stakes-Gr.1 wins. Queensland Derby-Gr.1 winner Empires Choice was a $NZ210,000 buy and other stars were the Railway Handicap-Gr.1 winner Imananabaa and the durable WATC Derby-Gr.1 winner Guyno. Graduates of this auction made their presence felt far and wide with $NZ230,000 yearling Green Birdie winning the Krisflyer Sprint-Gr.1 in Singapore, Sight Winner was a $NZ60,000 purchase who went on to triumph in the Champions' Mile-Gr.1 in Hong Kong and Black Mamba, purchased for $NZ120,000, started her career at home and then went to the United States where she won the John Mabee Handicap-Gr.1 . Another vintage year rolled around in 2006 with Alamosa a $NZ60,000 purchase who went on Champion Three Year Old honours, his multiple Gr.1 success were capped by victory in the Toorak Handicap before his retirement to stud. Other heavyweights to emerge from the sale were Rangirangdoo (bought for $NZ170,000, winner of the Doncaster Handicap, George Ryder Stakes), Wall Street ($NZ100,000, Emirates Stakes, Spring Classic, Challenge Stakes, Thorndon Handicap), Zarita ($NZ195,000, Australasian Oaks, SA Derby), Boundless ($NZ80,000, NZ Oaks), Red Ruler ($NZ60,000, International Stakes) and Mission Critical $NZ75,000, International Stakes). Then, of course, there was also AJC Derby winner-Gr.1 Nom du Jeu, who is now at stud and Keepa Cruisin who retired to the broodmare paddock with a Levin Classic-Gr.1 title to her credit. Legendary trainer Bart Cummings snapped up a pair of top liners in 2007 when he paid $NZ600,000 for Allez Wonder (Toorak Handicap) and $NZ240,000 for Roman Emperor (AJC Derby). Jessicabeel (Sydney Cup) was a $NZ220,000 buy for John O'Shea while Markus Maximus (WA Derby) and Miss Raggedy Ann (Railway Stakes) were another duo to progress to the highest level. Four individual Gr.1 winners graduated from the Premier Session in 2008 and none has enjoyed a higher profile than the international superstar So You Think, who was knocked down to agent Duncan Ramage for $NZ110,000. Cummings prepared him to win two Cox Plates, the Mackinnon, Caulfield, and Underwood Stakes before his European journey that has so far added the Irish Champion and Eclipse Stakes and the Tattersalls Gold Cup. Not to be outdone from that class of '08 was champion filly Katie Lee. A $NZ340,000 purchase for Sir Patrick Hogan, she created history by completing the New Zealand 2000-1000 Guineas double, while $NZ250,000 yearling Linky Dink landed the T.J. Smith Stakes-Gr.1 for Patinack Farm and Zabrasive, a $NZ95,000 purchase, went on to Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 glory. Gold Onyx continued the international theme two years ago when he graduated to Gr.1 success in South Africa's Champion Stakes after leaving the sale ring with an $NZ80,000 price tag around his neck. Banchee was a $NZ375,000 youngster and she took the Ellerslie Sires' Produce Stakes- Gr.1 on her way to Champion Two Year Old honours, while Scarlett Lady, a snip at $NZ25,000, reigned supreme in the Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 . The full force of last year’s graduates is still to come but already they have claimed a classic double. The $NZ1m colt Rock ’N‘ Pop posted a highly impressive victory in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 to further his future stallion prospects, and $NZ290,000 purchase Planet Rock triumphed in the fillies’ edition. ■ Katie Lee created history by completing the New Zealand 2000- 1000 Guineas double Rock ‘N’ Pop Katie Lee KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 28 SALE GRADUATES KARAKA 2012 M.K.
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