NZB South Island Sale of 2YOs and Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale catalogues out
29 Jun 2012 | The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale of Two-Year-Olds & Mixed Bloodstock is now in the post and available online.
To be held at Christchurch's Canterbury Agricultural Park on Friday 10 August from 11am, this Sale is unique on the sales calendar, featuring predominantly unbroken two-year-olds. This year, a strong line-up of 154 two-year-olds - from a selection of both northern and southern region vendors - will be offered in addition to three broodmares, three yearlings and two unraced horses.
The South Island Sale has a rich heritage of producing tough thoroughbreds and has had outstanding success on the track through the deeds of Group 1 Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly, Group 1 VRC Derby winner Second Coming and Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Hustler.
The Riccarton racetrack also saw last season's Group 3 Metropolitan Handicap winner Blood Brotha (Danzighill) make a successful return to stakes level with a brave performance to land the time honoured Group 3 New Zealand Cup. Further New Zealand success came with the three-year-old Natuzzi (Coats Choice) winning the Listed Southland Guineas in February.
South Island Sale graduates have also been successful abroad with Wealthy Man (Danzighill) winning the Listed Macau Directors' Cup and Power O'Raylee (O'Reilly), the $95,000 sale topper in 2009, winning five successive races in Melbourne this season for her trainer Peter Moody.
New Zealand sires feature prominently in the two-year-old session this year, with a good mix of stallions from both the North and South Islands.
Edwina Morris and Alan Jones' Berkley Stud draft is always highly anticipated, having topped the sale for the past seven years in a row. Their resident sire Coats Choice, and White Robe Lodge's sire Gallant Guru, have the largest drafts in the Sale with 16 two-year-olds each and both have been represented by stakes winners this season.
Amongst the other sires represented by two-year-olds are Alamosa, Any Suggestion, Bachelor Duke, Coats Choice, Don Eduardo, Faltaat, Fast 'N' Famous, Gallant Guru, Keeper, Lucky Unicorn, Minstrel Court, No Excuse Needed, O'Reilly, Pentire, Perfectly Ready, Savabeel, Shinko King, Stravinsky, Volksraad and more.
Adding to the appeal this year, two-year-old purchases from the Sale can enter to race for the Southern Bonus Race in 2013. The Southern Bonus Race offers a $40,000 bonus - on top of any stakes winnings - to the first eligible graduate across the line in an open three-year-old race (1400m) which will be held at Riccarton Park next November.
Entries into the Southern Bonus Race are just $250 + GST per two-year-old and horses must be signed up before the 10 September deadline. Importantly for buyers, entered horses get preference in field selection, and the horse doesn't have to win the race to collect the bonus, it only has to be the first eligible horse past the post.
The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock's Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale (3 August) is also in the post and is now available to be viewed online.
This year's Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale offers 75 entries including a selection of well-credentialed breeding opportunities ahead of the breeding season.
The catalogue features 41 broodmares by leading damsires including Centaine, Last Tycoon, Marscay and Zabeel, plus six yearlings, five two-year-olds, 14 racehorses and nine unraced horses.
Opening the Sale, the broodmare session will offer a number of attractive breeding prospects including stakes winning mares Italian Princess (Bertolini) at Lot 19, Mydiamond Bracelet (Al Akbar) at Lot 26, and stakes placed Take the Cake (San Luis) who has been served by Sir Percy at Lot 37.
A number of mares have been served by some of New Zealand's leading younger sires including Any Suggestion, Iffraaj, Mastercraftsman, Perfectly Ready, Sakhee's Secret, Showcasing and Sir Percy.
Covering sires also include Darci Brahma and Savabeel who have had highly successful seasons and are fully booked for the 2012 breeding season.
The 14 racehorses on offer include the stakes winning daughter of Holy Roman Emperor in Holy Moly at Lot 66. A talented three-year-old, Holy Moly won the Listed Soliloquy Stakes earlier this season at Ellerslie and placed in the Group 3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes.
Holy Moly will be sold as a racing and breeding proposition along with the three-year-old Shutout (Lot 74). A blue-blooded winning filly, the lightly raced Shutout is by the champion sire Redoute's Choice and is from the Group 2 winning mare La Sizeranne (Stravinsky).
Due to make an appearance in the Karaka ring for the second time in his career, the Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale will also offer the entire Sun Ruler at Lot 75. A son of the champion sire Zabeel and from one of history's greatest racemares, the 13 time Group 1 winner Sunline, Sun Ruler was purchased as a yearling from the 2007 Karaka Premier Sale for $2 million.