Flying Kiwi Sires Underpin NZB Weanling Sale
Flying Kiwi Sires Underpin NZB Weanling Sale
New Zealand-based sires are experiencing a wealth of success this season, and a collection of 62 individual stallions are set to be represented by weanlings at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling Sale (12 & 13 May) at Karaka.
In addition to the list below, 12 freshman sires will be making their sale ring debut at Karaka at the Sale.
New Zealand’s leading sire of last season, O’Reilly has a firm grip on this year’s title through a fantastic season that has seen him produce 15 stakes winners so far, the leading amount of stakes winners in Australasia.
The Waikato Stud sire is riding the crest of a wave this autumn through Group 1 winners Silent Achiever (Group 1 Ranvet Stakes & Group 1 BMW Stakes), Sacred Falls (Group 1 Doncaster Mile) and O’Marilyn (Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes).
O’Reilly has nine weanlings entered in the Sale, including a filly out of Listed winner The Beekeeper at Lot 188 and a three-quarter brother to Singapore’s Champion Older Sprinter Arenti at Lot 115.
Hot on the heels of O’Reilly is his Waikato Stud barn mate Savabeel who has sired 11 stakes winners this season including Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Lucia Valentina and Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Costume.
The son of legendary sire Zabeel has four weanlings catalogued including Lot 88, a colt out of Listed winner Mill Duckie who was also Group 1 placed in the New Zealand Oaks, and Lot 131, the first foal of Group 2 placegetter Queen of Pop.
Proven sire Pins is one of New Zealand’s most consistent sires, this season providing another Group 1 winner through A Touch of Ruby’s victory in the Group 1 Thorndon Mile. The Waikato Stud sire was the leading sire in Hong Kong last season with Ambitious Dragon a headline act.
Among the nine weanlings by Pins in the Sale are the progeny of three stakes winners such as Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Lookatmelads (Lot 66), dual Listed winner Post Thyme (Lot 125) and Listed Sunline Vase winner A Chance to Dream (Lot 228).
High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells):
Former New Zealand shuttle sire High Chaparral has an exceptional record with his New Zealand-bred progeny, most recently through six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel, the winner of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at The Championships in Sydney. He adds his name to the list of kiwi-bred Group 1 winners So You Think, Monaco Consul and Descarado by the Coolmore Stud sire.
High Chaparral has one entry in the Sale, Lot 46, a filly out of a half-sister to Group 2 winner Our Famous Eve from Ancroft Stud.
Nadeem (Redoute’s Choice):
The first New Zealand crop of Little Avondale Stud’s sire Nadeem will be presented at the Sale. The son of Redoute’s Choice went to stud in 2007 in Australia and recently sired his first Group 1 winner with Sterling City winning the Group 1 Golden Shaheen in Dubai.
Nadeem has 11 weanlings from his maiden New Zealand crop in the Sale, including Lot 254, a half-brother to Group 3 winner Eloa out of the Listed placed mare Cent From Heaven, who is the granddam of Group 1 winner Lights of Heaven.
Haunui Stud sire Iffraaj has made a strong start to his career, siring three Group 1 winners in the Northern Hemisphere in addition to New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Fix, the winner of three Group 2 races in New Zealand.
Iffraaj has nine weanlings entered in the Sale including a filly out of Group 3 winner Sokool (Lot 165) and a filly out of Group 2 placegetter Tantamount (Lot 182).
Windsor Park Stud sire Guillotine has made a good start to his stallion career with his oldest crop only three-year-olds. Among his recent performers is Beauty’s Beast, a recent Listed winner at The Championships in Sydney, and Group 2 winning two-year-old Steal Rose.
Guillotine has 11 entries in the Sale including a half-brother to the Listed placegetter Never Die (Lot 108), and a colt out of Lovemedo who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner A Little Kiss, from the family of Rising Romance (Lot 67).
New Zealand’s leading first season sire Thewayyouare has made a flying start to his career, siring four winners from only eight starters in New Zealand. Among his two-year-olds are Listed Matamata Slipper winner Prince Mambo, who was also runner-up in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce, and the stakes placed Way In and Don’t Change.
The Windsor Park Stud stallion has 12 weanlings catalogued in the Sale, including a half-sister to Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes placegetter Reuben Thorn (Lot 111) and a colt out of Listed two-year-old placegetter Niniane (Lot 104).
Rip Van Winkle (Galileo):
The leading first season sire at Karaka 2014 in January, Rip Van Winkle proved popular with his first crop selling for up to $375,000 at the Karaka Premier Sale where he averaged $132,500.
Another sire from Windsor Park Stud, Rip Van Winkle has five weanlings entered in the Sale including a colt out of Listed Anniversary Handicap winner Roxon (Lot 145) and a colt out of Group 3 placegetter Electrostatic (Lot 276).
Shocking (Street Cry):
Also a strong performer at the National Yearling Sales Series was Rich Hill Stud sire Shocking. The Melbourne Cup winner was the second leading first season sire, and the fourth overall leading sire, at the Karaka Select Sale, with an average of $61,646, only $104 shy of being the leading freshman sire.
Shocking has eight weanlings in the Sale including Lot 13, a three-quarter brother to South African Group 2 winner Eight Street, and Lot 258, a half-brother to Listed Feilding Gold Cup winner Little Alfie Brown.
Per Incanto (Street Cry):
Second season sire Per Incanto has the equal largest crop of weanlings at the Sale of any sire represented. He proved popular at the yearling sales earlier this year with his progeny selling up to $170,000, and becoming the leading first season sire at the Karaka Festival Sale and.
A selection of 18 weanlings by Per Incanto are catalogued at the Sale including Lot 41, a colt out of a full-sister to Group 1 New Zealand Derby winner So Casual, and Lot 6, a filly out of a half-sister to Group 3 winner and dual Australian Listed winner Figurehead.
Showcasing (Oasis Dream):
The equal largest draft of weanlings is shared withShowcasing, also a second season sire. The Haunui Farm stallion sold well at the National Yearling Sales Series as well, his top priced yearling fetching $180,000.
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Showcasing provides one of the highlights of the Sale with Lot 251, a colt out of Group 1 Railway Handicap winner Cannsea, headlining his draft of 18. A colt out of Group 2 placegetter Miss Elliot (Lot 94) and the first foal of Listed placegetter Nancho Bella (Lot 103)are also among his selection.
There are 12 first season sires with progeny in the Sale including Cape Blanco, Dalghar, Echoes of Heaven, Gio Ponti, Jimmy Choux, Pluck, Poet’s Voice, Pour Moi, Redwood, Trusting, Uncle Mo and Zacinto.
The full line up of weanling sires includes Alamosa, Any Suggestion, Bachelor Duke, Captain Rio, Cecconi, Darci Brahma, Denman, Dylan Thomas, Ekraar, Falkirk, Faltaat, Fast ‘n’ Famous, Fully Fledged, Gorky Park, Henrythenavigator, Hinchinbrook, Howbaddouwantit, Keeper, Makfi, Mastercraftsman, Monaco Consul, Mr Nancho, Murtajill, No Excuse Needed, Nom du Jeu, Onemorenomore, Pentire, Red Giant, Rios, Road to Rock, Sakhee’s Secret, Starcraft, Stravinsky, Sufficient, Swiss Ace, Tavistock, Thorn Park andTowkay.
NZB’s National Weanling Sale is the first session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka on 12 & 13 May. The 284 weanlings catalogued will go under the hammer on one action-packed day of selling commencing at 10am on Monday 12 May.
The second day of the Sale (Tuesday 13 May) features broodmares, yearlings, two-year-olds, unraced horses, horses-in-training, racehorses and stallion shares.