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Fully Fledged Strikes $100,000 Carnival Sale Bonus

Fully Fledged Strikes $100,000 Carnival Sale Bonus

The countdown to this year's Karaka Carnival Sale kicked off in style on Saturday, with a $100,000 bonus cheque made out to the first graduate of last year's Sale past the post in the New Zealand Bloodstock Carnival Sale Bonus 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie.

With race winner Sanjura (Sandtrap x La Jura by Kingdom Bay) not eligible for the bonus, it was second placegetter Fully Fledged (Align x Fledged by Bluebird) finishing three-quarters of a length behind who took home the $100,000.

Having his fourth race-day start, Fully Fledged is beginning to redeem himself after quashing his chances of a start in the Karaka Million when he spectacularly jumped the rail down the home straight in the Group 2 Ford Wakefield Challenge Stakes.

Purchased at the Sale by Alistair Sutherland from Curraghmore Stud for $38,000, Sutherland shares the $100,000 bonus with part-owners Peter Walker and Tony Timpson, and Fully Fledged's owner at the time of sale, Jim Piper.

Race winner Sanjura, trained by Chris and Richard Otto, provided the new training partnership with their first win. Sanjura was purchased from the 2007 Festival Sale by KSM Livestock for $27,000, with KSM Livestock principal Shane Tuckey sharing in the ownership with his trainers.

The 2008 Carnival Yearling Sale is set to take place this Friday (7 March) at Karaka, with 198 yearlings catalogued for the one-day Sale. The $100,000 Carnival Sale Bonus will again be available to every horse bought through the ring, plus all graduates are eligible to nominate for the 2009 Karaka Million Series.

For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock, contact Marketing Manager Petrea Vela (petrea.vela@nzb.co.nz) or visit the New Zealand Bloodstock website.


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