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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
“We’re still going forward and without doubt this is our best draft by a long way.” KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 40 T THE stud’s highest profile graduate has added to his tally at the top level this season with the successful defence of his Kranji Mile-SINGr.1 title. Purchased out of their 2008 draft for $NZ80,000 by champion trainer Laurie Laxon, Better Than Ever (French Deputy (USA)-Songfest by Unbridled’s Song (USA)) won his first 12 races in succession and has now taken his record to 15 wins and four placings from 22 appearances. His honour board also features the Singapore Guineas-SINGr.1 and the Raffles Cup-SINGr.1 . “ He’s a hard act to top,” said Graham Bax, who owns Blandford Lodge with wife Helen-Gaye and international businessman Owen Glenn. That may be so, but with the farm preparing to offer a quality line up of yearlings through the Premier and Select Sales at Karaka in 2012 there are potential stars of the future primed to grace the sale ring. “ We’re still going forward and without doubt this is our best draft by a long way,” Bax said. Featuring in the consignment is a colt by the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1 winner Sebring out of Mica’s Pride, who claimed the Research Stakes-Gr.3 during her brief career. “ He is a magnificent individual and from a very good family.” The colt is a half-brother to the QTC Cup-Gr.2 winner Varenna Miss, who was also fourth in the Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1, and Silently who won the Carr Stakes-LR , while their dam is a half-sister to recent Australian stakes winner Amah Rock. A filly out of the winning Red Ransom mare Whiffle also represents Sebring. Her first foal Hollywood Angel (Dehere) was placed at her two year-old debut. This is the family of International Stakes-Gr.1 winner Mission Critical and English St Leger-Gr.1 winner and successful sire Nedawi. “ The High Chaparral colt out of Trujillo is another outstanding individual.” He is a half-brother to farm graduate and multiple winner Trendy (Pins) and the dual winner and Australian stakes performer Our Tigress (Tiger Hill). That mare has recently been retired and is now resident in the Blandford broodmare band. A son of the American bred Point Given mare Sharp Point also represents High Chaparral. This colt is from the family of international Gr.1 winners BLANDFORD LODGE Going Better Than Ever Feature racetrack success has continued to flow for Blandford Lodge, with top quality Singapore performer Better Than Ever (AUS) again flying the flag for the Matamata nursery. VENDORS Better Than Ever
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