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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 32 FIRST SEASON SIRE S SIR Percy’s yearlings will debut at Karaka in 2012 and John Thompson said the timing was perfect for their introduction to the local and international buying bench. “ He had a great turn of foot and is an English classic winner and those types of horses have previously succeeded here. We specifically sourced him to get fast stayers with acceleration. You’ve got to have both a turn of foot and stay, and when Sir Percy won the English Derby he showed exactly that when he ran down Dylan Thomas.” Sir Percy is a son of the Darshaan horse Mark of Esteem, who won four of his seven starts including the English 2000 Guineas-Gr.1, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes-Gr.1 and the Celebration Mile-Gr.2, and the Blakeney mare Percy’s Lass (September Stakes-Gr.3). Sir Percy enjoyed the perfect juvenile season under trainer Marcus Tregoning’s guidance with four wins from as many starts and claimed the Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1 and the Vintage Stakes-Gr.2 . As a three year-old, he finished runner up in the 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 before he triumphed in the Derby-Gr.1 to be crowned his age group champion. In the past 40 years only six horses have completed the Dewhurst Stakes-Derby double and among them are champion racehorses and breed shaping sires Mill Reef and Nijinsky. Sir Percy retired to Lanwades Stud in Newmarket in 2008 and by early November he had 11 individual two year-old winners and six placed runners. His daughter Coquet (out of a mare by Derby winner Nashwan) was victorious in the Montrose Stakes-LR and he is also the sire of the stakes placed Percy Jackson and Alla Speranza and the highly regarded Salford Art, who finished fourth in the recent Fillies' Mile Stakes-Gr.1 at Ascot. “ He’s had a number of horses now who have won one or two races and been put away and there’s no doubt he’s going to have some real classic prospects,” Thompson said. “ His percentage of winners to runners has been very good so we’re pretty excited about him.” Sir Percy has been well received by breeders in his first three seasons at Rich Hill and further evidence of his popularity came at the National Weanling Sale. His only colt in the auction was knocked down to agent Paul Willets who purchased the son of the winning Royal Academy mare Biennale, the dam of three winners, for $NZ56,000. “ He was a lovely, correct individual and very athletic and typical of what the stallion has been leaving. That result really does augur well for next year's yearling sale.” Sir Percy has served around 80 mares in each of his seasons off a competitive fee of $NZ15,000+GST. “ That’s probably the minimum number you need these days and it’s an indication of how competitive the market is. We’ve been happy and his numbers are very similar to those of Pentire when he started out.” ■ SIR PERCY’S juveniles set the pace in Europe With his first northern hemisphere runners making their presence felt on the European stage, young Rich Hill Stud shuttle stallion Sir Percy (GB) (Mark of Esteem- Percy’s Lass by Blakeney) is ready to play a starring role Down Under. “You’ve got to have both a turn of foot and stay, and when Sir Percy won the English Derby he showed exactly that.” Sir Percy Sir Percy returns to scale after winning the 2006 Epsom Derby KARAKA 2012 M.K.
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