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Riversley well placed to retain Sale crown

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Sam Beatson’s fledgling Riversley Park operation will present another strong draft at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale next week at Karaka.

Riversley topped the vendors’ list by aggregate last year, selling 22 horses for a total of NZ$3.425 million. Their average price was NZ$155,682 and a colt by I Am Invincible was among the five highest prices of the sale at NZ$370,000.

It was an outstanding couple of days for a vendor whose Ready to Run Sale debut came only two years earlier.

Sam Beatson

“It was a very good result last year, topping the vendors’ list and selling horses at a really good clearance rate as well.” - Sam Beatson.

“It was a very good result last year, topping the vendors’ list and selling horses at a really good clearance rate as well,” Beatson said.

“We were very happy. We’d been selling at the Ready to Run Sale for a few years under the name of Beatson Stables, but it was only the third year for Riversley. To get Riversley up to that sort of level so quickly was great.”

The Ohaupo farm will be represented this year by another bumper draft of 29 juveniles. In addition to quantity, Beatson believes that the Riversley Park draft also offers quality and variety.

Riversley Park

“We’ve got some pretty good-quality horses, and I really like the range of stallions – first-season sires, proven sires and everything in between.” – Sam Beatson.

“I’m happy with how it’s shaping up,” he said. “We’ve got some pretty good-quality horses, and I really like the range of stallions – first-season sires, proven sires and everything in between.

“We’re selling some horses who look like real 2-year-old types, plus some who look like they’ll be good milers, and even some stayers. It’s a good mix and we’re hoping the buyers will find plenty to like.”

Meanwhile, there have been significant pedigree updates posted through the spring for a number of juveniles going through the ring on November 21 and 22.

Watch: Lot 246 Sebring x Shanya (IRE)

Coming up roses

Breeders Christopher and Susanna Grace were rewarded with Group 1 success for the second consecutive year on Derby Day at Flemington when their home-bred mare Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel) won the Empire Rose S.

The Grace’s Surrey Farm will offer her half-brother by Ocean Park (NZ) catalogued as Lot 307. He is out of a winning Flying Spur mare, who has also produced Shillelagh’s stakes-winning siblings Tullamore and Grazia.

Watch: Lot 307 Ocean Park (NZ) x Trocair

Ready to Run Sale graduate Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle {IRE})) scored his fifth win from six career starts with a runaway victory in Wednesday’s G2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile. It was his second victory at Group level since the catalogue went to print and boosts the page of Leanach Lodge’s Lot 45, who is his three-quarter brother.

Dee And Gee (NZ) (Darci Brahma) earned her first stakes win in the Listed Metropolitan and Kaipira Lodge will offer her half-brother, Lot 28, by Niagara.

Winx on pedigree pages

The world’s top-ranked racehorse Winx (Street Cry {IRE}) features on the pages of two closely related colts. Te Runga Stud has prepared a son of Iffraaj (GB), Lot 176, while Archer Park has a son of Pure Champion (IRE) consigned as Lot 143.

Watch: Lot 176 Iffraaj x Operavega (NZ)

Anzac Lodge will present Lot 223, a gelding by Deep Field, who is related to the G1 Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution (IRE) (Kodiac {GB}).

Adding further European flare, last start French Group 1 winner in Call the Wind (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and recent Irish Group 1 victor Havana Grey (GB) (Havana Gold {IRE})), both have relatives by Per Incanto (USA) catalogued respectively in the shape of Woburn Farm’s Lot 321 and Kilgravin Lodge’s Lot 416.

Five individual recent placings in stakes races throughout New Zealand, Australia and Macau have highlighted their half-brothers in the catalogue.

Charming result

Riversley Park has a Burgundy (NZ) gelding, Lot 91, who is a half-brother to Sully (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}).

Watch: Burgundy (NZ) x Lady Winifred (NZ)

Kiltannon Stable’s will consign Lot 108, a half-brother by Showcasing (GB) to stakes winner London Express (NZ) (Shamexpress {NZ}).

Regal Farm will present Lot 134 by Bullbars and he is a half-brother to the multiple stakes winner Kelowna Star (NZ) (Sufficient {NZ}).

Dark Eyes (Snitzel) was runner-up this season in the Listed Wyong Gold Cup and Ballymore Stables has consigned his half-brother, Lot 406, by Rothesay.

Group 1 performance

Furthermore, recent Group 1 performers with relatives set to be offered next week include Karaka graduates Sir Nate (NZ) (Nadeem) (Lots 71 and 327), Danzdanzdance (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {IRE}) (Lot 161) and Wyndspelle (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) (Lot 324).

Lot 258 is from the same family as G2 UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn (USA) (Scat Daddy {USA}) while Seabrook (NZ) (Hinchinbrook) followed up her outstanding 2-year-old season with a recent placing in the G1 Thousand Guineas and is closely related to Lot 291.

Lot 99 is from the same family as Godolphin star Kementari (Lonhro) who has placed at Group 1 level this spring in the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie S.