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NZB Ready to run Sale sets Record Pace

New Zealand Bloodstock, ready to run Sale of Two Year Olds, has set a cracking pace with key statistics well ahead of last year’s record breaking Sale, with large gains when compared to the first day last year.

The average is an increase of 22% to $91,036, from last year’s figure $74,638, the average is the highest ever recorded at a two year old sale in Australasia, breaking the record set in 2014.

Clearance rate is 74%, increasing from 68 % on the opening day last year; the median price has risen to $65,000 from $60,000, an increase of 8%.

With 200 lots catalogued on the first day and still 197 lots yet to be sold, the aggregate is $10,196,000, with the sale likely to break the $20,000,000 barrier.

NZB’s Managing Director, Andrew Seabrook, was pleased with the first day’s results and looking forward to the final result.

“It has been a really encouraging start with the best day of selling in the history of the sale,” he said.

“We have had a strong international buying bench and the bidding in the ring has been very competitive, “he added.

The top price of the day was lot 184, a colt by Sebring, purchased by Poletti Corporation of Sydney for $340,000, to be trained by Mauro Poletti and Amanda Turner.

Offered by Prima Park the colt is out of the stakes performed mare, Brilliant Jewel, by Danzero, he was knocked down to NZB’s Danny Ralston who was bidding on behalf of Poletti.

The second top price of the sale came early, Lot 23 was purchased for $300,000, the colt was offered by Mana Park and is by New Zealand’s Champion sire Savabeel, out of Quatro, by Rock of Gibraltar, from the Group 1 winning mare My Brilliant Star.

Hong Kong were active, the buying bench securing 21 lots for $3,197,500, the leading buyer being Ricky Yiu, having bought three lots for $500,000.  

Also among the leading buyers from Hong Kong were Manfred Man, Willie Leung’s Magus Equine, David Ferraris, Willie Fung and Gary Yiu, all spending over $200,000.

Leading overall buyer on the first day was Mr. Lang of the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Group, purchasing 14 lots for $744,000, destined for both China and New Zealand, the top price paid was $180,000 for a colt by Sepoy.

“Mongolian Khan has had such a successful year we wanted to come back here to buy another Molgolian Khan, “commented Mr. Lang, “I have attended this sale a number of times, I trust the quality of the horses here and would like to buy more,” he added.

The second leading buyer overall was Singapore’s Shane Baertschiger, with four lots for $590,000, ranging in prices from $130,000 to $160,000, the Macau Jockey Club were active purchasing six lots for $270,000.

Naturally Australian buyers were well represented with Ciaron Maher, Gai Waterhouse, Blue Sky Bloodstock, Bill Mitchell, Bjorn Baker, Chris Waller, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and DGR Thoroughbred Services all active.


Stars come out at Taupo N Z

Three 1200 metres trial heats, featuring half a dozen Group 1 winners, will provide a tasty entrée at Taupo, before racing gets underway there tomorrow.

Among the stars to trial is the recently crowned New Zealand Horse of the Year, Mongolian Khan, current group1 Makfi Challenge Stakes favourite, Turn Me Loose, and the Group1 Caulfield Guineas hopeful, Dal Cielo.

Melbourne Cup contender, Molgolian Khan, has exceeded the expectations of trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, with his effort when finishing fourth in a TeTeko trial earlier this month.

Forsman said the four year old was on target to resume in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, on September 12, to set up a possible clash with Group 1 Rosehill Guineas winner, Volkstok’n’barrel .

Turn Me Loose won his 1000 metres trial at Te Teko to head the Makfi market at $4, while last seasons’s Group1 Diamond Stakes winner, Dal Cielo, finished third, is set to make his spring reappearance in Melbourne.

“He won’t race here, he will go straight to Australia to get him ready for the Caulfield Guineas,” said Forsman.

Railway Stakes winner, In Style, will also be in the action at Taupo, to trim her up for a return to racing during the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

“It will be exciting to see her back, she’s as big as a house and we will bring her up slowly,” trainer Danica Guy said.

“If she can run the trip it will give us a lot more options, particularly if we take her to Australia later on,” she added.

Vespa and Puccini complete the Taupo line-up of Group 1 winners, with both horses also heading for a showdown in the Makfi, at Hastings, on August 29. NZ Racing Desk

In Style a0938s 2 CustomIn Style winning the Railway Stakes   pic Trish Dunell


Smart filly on her way back

Group1 filly, Platinum Balos, is in pre-training ahead of a return to Lisa Latta’s Awapuni quarters.

Placed in the Diamond Stakes, as a juvenile, she was restricted by injuries to just two starts last season.

“She’s had issues with her knees, but she’s good now, “ Latta said.

The stable had a number of runners at Foxton trials, including the talented Bella Court who has a win at Ellerslie to her credit, and hasn’t raced since, she was fifth in the Group 1 Mamawatu Sires Produce Stakes.

Jackson joins NZTR board

Successful businessman, and experienced racing administrator, Dr Alan Jackson, has been appointed to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board.

He will replace the retiring Matthew Goodson, while the members council has appointed John Stace for another three year term.

Jackson was the founding director of the NZTR Board between 2003 and 2006, and served again in 2012—13, including a period as chairman.

Last Chance to Enter NZB’s Proven 2YO Sale

Entries for the New Zealand’s Ready To Run Sale of Two Year Olds, the most successful sale of its kind in Australasia, are due to close today.

The Ready to Run Sale, 2014, boasted a new record average and median for the fourth consecutive year, with a turnover of $19,297,500, an average of $80,073, the highest ever for a two year old auction in Australasia.

Always a strong sale, this year will be no exception, 2014 saw six horses sold for $300,000, more than any other comparable sale, with New Zealand’s reputation for providing well educated quality racehorses resulting in the sale ring’s success.

New Zealand Bloodstock ‘s, Ready To Run of Two Year Olds, will be held be held on 18 and 19 of November, with the Breeze Ups held at Te Rapa Racecourse on 19 and 20 of October.


Group Mare Retired

Group 3 winning mare, Marotiri Miss, has been retired after finishing a courageous fourth in Saturday’s Group 3, in the Winter Cup at Riccarton.

She was later diagnosed with a fractured pastern bone, she pulled up lame, and noticeably distressed after returning to the tie up stalls.

Her trainer, Richard French, said after seeing the Xray, “the operation has been performed, she will need a two months recovery before going to stud to be covered by Shocking, at the end of September”

A winner of five of her 36 starts, she also finished third in last year’s Group3 Merial Metric Mile at Awapuni, where she trained, and three times fourth at Listed level. NZ Racing Desk.


Wonderful Waikato Honours Group 1 Winners.

Aerovelocity has earned international honours for his sprinting prowess, and the New Zealand bred has also been acknowledged on the domestic front.

Trained by expatriate Kiwi horseman, Paul O’Sullivan, the Pins gelding has Group1 victories in three countries to his credit, with the Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinenin Japan and the Kris Sprint in Singapore to go with his Longines Hong Kong Sprint success.

Aerovelocity was recently honoured at the Waikato branch of the N Z Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Cathay Pacific Horse of the Year, at a function in Hamilton which honoured a stunning 25 Group 1 winners, bred in the region

“We had a great night and it’s been another phenomenal season for breeders in our district, and congratulations to all of them,” branch president, Scott Eagleton, said.

Aerovelocity was bred by the Windsor Park stud duo of Nelson Schick and Steve Till, and was purchased by O’Sullivan out of the Cambridge farm’s 2010 Premier Sale draft at Karaka, for $120,000.

He has won nine of his 17 starts in Hong Kong, after beginning his career in New Zealand with a debut success at Awapuni for Matamata trainer, Andrew Scott.

“We’re very proud it was 33 years ago that Nelson and Sue Schick loaned me my first mare that was Arga, from her I bred Lady Genesis, “said Till.

“Nelson came in with me and we raced Lady Genesis, from her we bred Exodus, the mother of Aerovelocity, he is very special, “he added.

HOY pic CustomCathay Pacific Rep. Steve Till, and Nelson Schick


Kevin Myers no Stranger

Kevin Myers is no stranger to Melbourne, he seldom goes home without a winner, and never afraid to test his skills among the provincials.

He was back in the big time last week with Tallyho Twinkletoe, taking out the Grand National Hurdles.

Armed with a revised game plan his rider, Mathew Gillies, set the gelding alight at the 800 metres, he quickly put a space between himself and his opposition.

He is just a class act, he had the race won a long way from home, the race was safely in his keeping once Gillies shook him up, he just sprinted as if he had just joined the race.

Whilst he is a pretty smart horse, he is not all big, weight could be a problem, and easily bring about his downfall.

“He’s a pretty talented little horse, even though he bashed the last, he got away with it,” stable foreman, Ken Harrison, said. NZ Racing Desk

TALLYHO TWINKLETOE WIN 9267 CustomTallyho Twinkletoe Grand National winner  Pic ex Trish Dunnell


Triple Crown cup build-up for mare

Connections of top mare, Pondarosa Miss, are keen to see her in action on all three days of the spring festival at Hastings, before heading to the Melbourne carnival

The rising five year old mare will further her preparation for the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown series, with appearance at her home town meeting at Te Awanmutu today.

“She’s going along nicely, she’ll have an exhibition gallop here,” said Darryl Hollinshead, who shares in the owner syndicate, with his father, Peter, the mare’s trainer.

“She won’t be having any trials, she will run first up in the Foxbridge Plate before the Makfi,” he added.

Pondarosa Miss is currently listed as a $12 chance for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes, $10 for the Group 1 Windsor Park plate; she shares the $7 favouritism with Kawi for the Group1 Livamol Classic.

“It’s one stepping stone after the other, and the step up in distance will be ideal for her,” Hollinshead said.

“At this stage our plan is to leave her here until after the Livamol, and then have one run in Australia before the Melbourne Cup.”

“We’ll be nominating her for both the Moonee Valley Cup and the Cox Plate, and see how she’s going closer to the time.”

“She’ll let us know how she has come up here first, before going to Melbourne.”

Proven at 3200 metres (two miles), with a third place in the Group 1 Auckland Cup, Pondarosa showed her versatility six weeks later winning the Group l Easter Handicap. NZ Racing Desk 

Pondarosa Miss for NZ Racing Desk CustomPondarosa Miss   (pic Trish Donnell)


Sad passing of jockey

New Zealand racing is mourning the sudden passing, on Sunday, of the versatile South Island based jockey, Ross Doherty, aged 30.

He rode 93 winners on the flat and over jumps, on his first visit to Ellerslie two years ago he went close to claiming one of the county’s most prestigious events.

Doherty and the Ellis Winsloe trained, Kidunot, were beaten, by a slender margin, by Rangatiri in the Great Northern Steeplechase, they were also previously placed in the Grand National Steeplechase at Riccarton.

Originally from Ireland, Doherty began his apprenticeship at Awapuni with Grant Searle; he had his first ride at Hastings in April 2008.

He subsequently shifted to the South Island in 2012, that move coincided with his best season when he rode 44 winners during the 2012 -13 season, to finish runner up to Rory Hutchings on the apprentice’s premiership.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is offering professional counselling to those affected by his death. NZ Racing Desk

ROSS DOHERTY 0061 CustomRoss Doherty


Immediate future for Moochi Me still undecided

Negotiations surrounding the recently retired race mare, Moochi Me, are progressing, but a final agreement has yet to be reached on her immediate future.

The supremely talented four year old daughter of Dubawi, suffered a second bleeding attack following her win at Ruakaka earlier this month, and under the current rules of racing is unable to compete in Australasia again.

Trainer, Darryl Lang, who raced the mare on lease with his mother, Sheryl, and a friend Anna Rutten, is working through the options for her while coming to terms with the loss of the stable star.

“It was a surreal feeling when we got home from the races that day, “he said.

“She walked off the float as nothing had happened, ate all her dinner and was bucking and kicking in her paddock the next day”

“It was tough to take that she had run her last race here when she looked so well.” NZ Racing Desk.


N Z riding ranks boosted

A quality international riding act will be back where it all began next week.

Group 1 winning jockey, Lisa Allpress, will resume her New Zealand career on July 30 at Waverley, where she served her apprenticeship with Kevin Gray, before he moved his Copper Lodge operation to Palmerston North.

Allpress enjoyed a lucrative spell in Singapore before she accepted a three months contract in Japan, which will conclude this weekend.

“She is riding there on Saturday and Sunday and will then come home, her first meeting will be at Waverley,” her husband Karl said.

She has ridden seven winners during her successful stint in Japan, where racing is confined to week-ends.

“Lisa has been doing well, she rode a winner on Derby Day in front of 120,000 people at Tokyo, that is one of the highlights of her career,” said Karl.

The racing in Japan is up another level from Singapore, it has been a great experience seeing how differently they do things up there, she recently won on a two year old, having its second start in a race over 1800 metres, the stake was $100,000.

Allpress has engaged Aidan Rodley as her manager, she has ridden 1081 winners in New Zealand, and with a tally of 159 she won the jockey’s premiership in the 2011-12 season.

In February 2013 she became the first female jockey to ride 1000 winners when she was successful on Kekova, in the Listed Wairarapa Throughbred Breeder’s Stakes. NZ Racing Desk.

Allpress Lisa 2148s CustomLisa Allpress - First female jockey to ride a thousand winners in the Southern Hemisphere


New Zealand Bloodstock

Karaka----Friday 31st

Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale

73 Lots on Offer including 40 Brood Mares

Most of the mares have been covered and presumably are in foal.

Lot 5 Lonhrielle is an interesting mare by Lonhro, bred in the purple her third dam is Denise’s Joy, a remarkable mare that won 3 Classics.

Young mares make most appeal, there is no substitute for youth.

Taking into account, sight unseen, Lots 52--- 53 ---56 have nice pedigrees.


Melbourne riches beckon Zacada

A long standing friendship with Sir Patrick Hogan is providing two Rotorua thoroughbred enthusiasts with a special reason to look forward to the spring.

Dairy farmers, Andrew Bryant and Dave Armstrong, bred and race the highly regarded Zacada, with the Cambridge Stud primcipal.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained son of Zabeel, was an impressive winner at his juvenile debut at Arawa Park earlier this month, he has been set for the Melbourne Spring carnival.

The $1.5 million Group 1 VRC Derby, at Flemington on October 31, is the ultimate goal for the rising three year old.

“We’ve had a few horses with Murray and we are quite excited about this one,” Bryant said, “he won’t race here again before he goes to Melbourne.”

Bryant and Armstrong, who operate under the Andari banner, have enjoyed a strong relationship with Cambridge stud for many years.

“We started out share farming next to Patrick way back in the seventies, and he initially helped us with our horse selections, “said Bryant.

Andari is currently breeding from a broodmare band of five, this includes Zacada’s dam, Lacada, also the mother of the now Hong Kong based Waikato Guineas runner up, Giant Turtle.

“We’re hunting around for a stallion to mate with Lacada at the momentl” Bryant said.

“She’s presently in foal to Declaration Of War, and we have her Encosta de Lago filly, which is a rising yearling. “

Also in the band is Veronica Franco, a Group 1 winner for the Roger James stable, who unfortunately lost a Fastnet Rock foal.

Veronica Franco’s defeat of Katie Lee, in the Eulogy Stakes, has been their racing highlight so far, Andari major breeding triumph was the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks success with Keeper’s daughter, Midnight Oil. NZ Racing Desk

ZACADA TARA CustomZacada  (pic Kenton Wright, Race Images)

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