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Ready to Run Sale a goldmine of talent

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Written by Paul Vettise

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale is an auction with a peerless record and this year’s edition is expected to continue that proud tradition. The November 21 and 22 event has drawn a 445-strong catalogue, which is now on line.

A remarkable 17 Group 1 wins and 117 stakes wins have been sourced from the Karaka ring, including the three of the last four G1 New Zealand Derby winners - Vin De Dance (NZ) (Roc de Cambes {NZ}), Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) and Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor {IRE}).

“It’s a very strong catalogue and an ideal number of horses to be selling,” NZB’s Regan Donnison said. “The vendors have got such a good handle on it and they’re holding back the right sorts of horses, particularly those classic types. It’s certainly got a great record.”

Mongolian Khan, pictured here winning the 2015 Group 1 Caulfield Cup was a graduate of the NZB Ready To Run sale

“The vendors have got such a good handle on it and they’re holding back the right sorts of horses, particularly those classic types.” – Regan Donnison.

This year’s catalogue has 110 different sire lines represented including leading New Zealand-based stallions Savabeel (Zabeel {NZ}), Iffraaj (GB) (Zafonic {USA}), Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill {USA}), Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu {IRE}), Per Incanto (USA) (Street Cry IRE}), Alamosa (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) and Pins (Snippets). Australian-based sires featuring include Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), Fastnet Rock (Danehill {USA}), Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice), Sebring (More Than Ready {USA}), Written Tycoon (Iglesia), Pierro (Lonhro) and So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral {IRE}).

Leading NZ sire, Savabeel has 18 progeny represented in the catalogue

Added benefits are the eligibility to compete for seven bonus schemes, including the NZ$1 million Karaka Million 2YO and the NZ$1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic. There are 26 Karaka Million eligible horses, five fillies nominated for the Pearl Series, 110 BOBS eligible horses, 22 Super VOBIS nominated horses, two QTIS registered horses, two VOBIS Gold nominated horses and one horse eligible for the VOBIS Sires.

Last season alone, the Sale produced 26 individual stakes winners who claimed 29 stakes races in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau.

Leading families represented

The new wave of talent available in the 2018 catalogue is from an extensive list of stakes-performing families. On offer this year will be siblings to Group One winners Brambles (NZ) (Savabeel), Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel), Faint Perfume (Shamardal {USA}), Dukedom (NZ) (Bachelor Duke {USA}), Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi {GB}), Volkstok'n'barrell (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}), More Than Sacred (More Than Ready {USA}), Costume (NZ) (Savabeel) and Maco'reilly (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).

On offer in the catalogue is a sibling to Brambles, pictured here winning the Group 1 Queensland Derby in 2012

Group One-winning broodmares Eileen Dubh (NZ) (Storm Creek {USA}), Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice) and Pernod (Centaine) have offspring in the Sale as well as a close relative to the highest rated racehorse in the world, Winx (Street Cry {IRE}).

Every horse entered in the sale will have the opportunity to Breeze Up with the last 200 metres of their work filmed and timed. Breeze-Ups will be held at Te Rapa on 15 and 16 October.

Watch: Gingernuts (inside) breeze up in 2015

"I don't think anyone would argue that NZB's Ready to Run Sale is the most successful Sale of it's kind in Australasia." - NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

“I don’t think anyone would argue that NZB’s Ready to Run Sale is the most successful sale of its kind in Australasia,” NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook said.

“Seventeen Group 1 wins over the last five seasons, compared to our nearest rivals one Group 1 win, really does speak for itself. The success of the Sales graduates is unrivalled with our vendors continuing to offer such outstanding horses and preparing them so professionally.”