AUSTRALASIAN YEARLING SALES
In this issue of the newsletter we continue
with our previews of upcoming yearling sales, this month featuring
New Zealand Bloodstock
New Zealand Bloodstock’s
Karaka Yearling Sales have been the source of over 80 individual
Group 1 winners in the last
five seasons, more than any other auction house in Australasia,
and will be offering 1,444 yearlings at its 2012 Karaka Yearling
Held from January 30 to February 5, the Karaka
Yearling Sales kicks off in style with the Karaka Million Twilight
on Sunday January 29, the eve of the Karaka Premier Sale.
Featuring the running of New Zealand’s richest race, the $1 million
Karaka Million, the twilight meeting provides a vibrant and
exciting opening for the week ahead.
Featuring 516 lots – the
largest catalogue since 2006, the Karaka Premier Sale is set
to offer some of the best yearlings
Australasia has to offer. With progeny from over 100 stakes
winning mares and siblings to over 135 stakes winners, the
Sale will offer progeny from some of the world’s very
A Sale that saw eight individual Group 1 winners
last season alone, the Karaka Select Sale is set to offer
by 90 sires from around the world. With the five-year Sale
average under NZ$50,000, the Sale is in a league of its own
and represents unbeatable value for buyers.
The final session
in the National Yearling Sales, the Karaka Festival Sale,
will see 308 lots go under the hammer on the
Sunday, 210 of which are colts.
New Zealand Bloodstock is unique
in the auction world with its exceptional standard of buyer
hospitality. The team can
arrange everything from accommodation and transport during
your stay, to horse insurance and transport to 14 countries
around the world.
For international visitors, NZB also offers
a generous Buyer Reward Scheme as a gesture of thanks for
of the Sale and a contribution towards the cost of their trip
For more information on your trip to the 2012
Karaka Yearling Sales, please contact NZB or visit www.nzb.co.nz.
Magic Millions will conduct two Yearling Sales during February.
First cab off the rank is the Perth Yearling Sale which will
take place from 14 to 18 February. With some 580 lots on
offer, owners are sure to find a yearling to suit their
NSW sires represented at the sale include
Al Maher, Bernardini (USA), Canny Lad, Casino Prince, Charge
Forward, Choisir, Commands,
Danasinga, Dane Shadow, Danewin, Duke of Marmalade (IRE),
Encosta de Lago, Fastnet Rock, Flying Spur, Haradasun, Henny
(USA), Holy Roman Emperor (IRE), Husson (ARG), Lion Heart
(USA), Lonhro, Magic Albert, More Than Ready (USA), Mossman,
Myboycharlie (IRE), Not A Single Doubt, Oratorio (IRE), Ready’s
Image (USA), Rock of Gibraltar (IRE), Sebring, Shaft, Snippetson,
Snitzel, Starcraft (NZ), Strategic, Street Sense (USA), Tale
of the Cat (USA), Testa Rossa and Trotamondo (CHI).
this sale grossed some $12,060,500 with a top price of $240,000
and an average price of $44,669.
The second Magic
Millions Sale for the month is the Tasmanian Select Yearling
Sale which will take place on 21 February.
The sale will offer 115 lots including progeny of NSW sires
Bel Danoro, Benicio, Bon Hoffa, California Dane, Dylan Thomas
(IRE), Henny Hughes (USA), Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) and Strategic.
further details regarding the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling
Sales, visit the Magic Millions website www.magicmillions.com.au.
Milling & Co
The Peter Milling & Company Annual Dubbo Yearling Sale
is to take place on 12 February at the Dubbo Showground. This
sale offers owners the chance to buy a well bred yearling at
a very reasonable price and have a lot of fun with it.
this year comprises some 69 lots (63 of which are BOBS eligible)
is highlighted once again by the draft from
Darley Australia with progeny by Commands, Lonhro, Strategic
and Street Cry (IRE) on offer.
Other stallions represented at
the sale this year include Al Maher, Amalfi (NZ), Benicio,
Bite the Bullet (USA), Bold Expectation,
Bon Hoffa, California Dane, Dane Shadow, Dubai’s Choice,
Eavesdropper (USA), Econsul (NZ), Enemy of Average, Excites,
Felix The Cat (USA), Grey Swallow, Henny Hughes (USA), Intergaze,
Lion Heart (USA), Lucky Owners (NZ), Marwina, Musket, Mutawaajid,
Nuclear Freeze (USA), Power of Destiny, Press Card (USA), Shaft,
Snippetson, Southern Image (USA), Supreme Class, Valixir (IRE),
Volcanic Prince and Youthful Legs (USA).
At the conclusion of
the Yearling Sale a small draft of 10 broodmares will be
sold. Broodmare sires featured are Carry
the Crown (USA), Danehill (USA), Danzero, Encosta de Lago,
Galileo (IRE), Numerous, Palace Music (USA), Strategic, Success
Express (USA) and Thunder Gulch (USA).
For further details regarding
the Annual Dubbo Thoroughbred Yearling Sale, contact Peter
Milling & Co on telephone
(02) 6882 3544 or visit the website www.petermilling.com.au.
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the source of undefeated
Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar and South African
Horse of the Year Igugu, will be conducted at Oaklands,
Melbourne from February 27 until March 1 this year.
The sale has an enviable
record of unearthing Group One winners and statistics show
that the catalogue for the Victorian sale
keeps improving year after year like its graduates.
with considerable size drafts coming to Melbourne in February
include Bellerive Stud (29), Widden Stud (18),
Bowness Stud (15), Kia-Ora Stud (14), Torryburn Stud (9)
and Vinery Stud (9).
Inglis will welcome over a dozen new vendors
to Melbourne this year, including NSW breeders Patinack Farm,
Tyreel Stud, Brooklyn
Lodge, Evergreen Thoroughbred Stud, Milburn Creek, Rheinwood
Pastoral and Werai Park.
Headlined by $210,000 purchase Black
Caviar and $65,000 purchase Igugu, Melbourne Premier graduates
have won 45 Group One races
across Australia, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, the United
Kingdom, Malaysia and Macau in the last five seasons. Individual
Group One winners in that period also include Pinker Pinker,
Starspangledbanner, Ortensia, Littorio, Weekend Hussler,
Turffontein, Arapaho Miss, Le Drakkar, Reward For Effort, Rostova,
Golden Gunner, Sanjuan, Ultra Fantasy and Sacred Kingdom.
2012 sale will be held over four days from February 27. Sunday
February 26 is an Open Inspection Day and follows Super
Saturday at Caulfield, when three Group One events including
the Blue Diamond, Futurity Stakes and Oakleigh Plate will
Underlining the strength of stallion representation
in this year’s Melbourne catalogue the number of yearlings
by Australian Champion Sire Lonhro has more than doubled
from 13 in 2011 to 30 in 2012. Inglis are also set to offer
yearlings than they ever have in Melbourne by red hot sire
Fastnet Rock, with 28 by the son of Danehill catalogued.
Former Australian Champion Sires Encosta de Lago (17 lots),
Spur (11) and Redoute’s Choice (5) will again be represented
at the flourishing sale.
One of the highlights of the sale
will no doubt be the brother to four-time Hong Kong Champion
Sprinter Sacred Kingdom (by
Encosta de Lago), a graduate of Premier himself.
and European Champion Sprinter Starspangledbanner was secured
for $120,000 from Melbourne, and his globe-trotting
sire Choisir has 22 to be offered at Premier in 2012. Weekend
Hussler’s sire Hussonet (USA) has 8 entered, Reward For
Effort’s sire Exceed And Excel has 11 and Ortensia’s
sire Testa Rossa has 20.
Other proven stallions well represented
include Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) (23), Tale Of The Cat (USA)
(21), Not A Single Doubt
(19), High Chaparral (IRE) (13), Stratum (13), Starcraft
(NZ) (12), Snitzel (11), Charge Forward (10) and Commands (8).
crop sires are headed by Sebring (27), Northern Meteor (21),
Henrythenavigator (USA) (20), Astronomer Royal (USA)
(17), Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) (10), Myboycharlie (IRE) (10)
and New Approach (IRE) (9).
All yearlings offered at Premier
are eligible for nomination into the $5million Inglis Race
Series (including the new $2.4million
Inglis Triple Crown Bonus).
There is a great diversity of stallions
represented in the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling
Sale catalogue, with
yearlings to suit all buyers whom Inglis look forward to
greeting at the sale during the Melbourne Festival of Racing.
visit www.inglis.com.au or call (03) 9333 1422.
Our best wishes
to those of our members both buying and selling yearlings
at the 2012 sales.
KONG INTERNATIONAL RACEDAY
NSWROA Committee member, Mr Louis Mihalyka,
of Laurel Oak Bloodstock, made the trip to Hong Kong for International
Raceday on 9 December 2011 and has kindly prepared for the
interest of members, the following item.
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In 2003 Laurel Oak Bloodstock
clients enjoyed one of the great racehorse ownership experiences – attending
the Hong Kong International race meeting as an owner when
Into The Night
was invited to run in the Hong Kong Sprint. In December we
had the pleasure of organising a group of clients to tour Hong
Kong for the fourth time since then, reliving the experience
albeit without going there as the owner of an invited runner.
International race meeting at Sha Tin remains one of the
great race meetings of the world, held in an exciting and
city that gives you plenty of options, regardless of whether
you are a tourist, a culinary enthusiast, or a shopper. While
the city itself has its own attractions, the Hong Kong Jockey
Club also provides a range of social events to keep you entertained.
The HKJC-organised events start with a race
meeting in the spectacular amphitheatre that is Happy Valley.
a valley it is set amongst skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island
and is great experience. The track is tight, the quality
of horse-flesh modest as it is the Hong Kong equivalent of
meeting, but the feature of the night is the International
Jockeys Challenge which this year was won by the charismatic
The following morning is an early start
to go to trackwork at Sha Tin. It is early by Hong Kong
tourist standards but very civilised by Australian trackwork
standards as trackwork
for the International horses starts around 9am. This is the
best opportunity to get to know the international runners
as they all do some form of exercise and are introduced one
one with the work being shown on the big screen. Breakfast
caters for all tastes and this morning is a great chance
to meet and mix with jockeys, trainers and owners as well
from around the world. The barrier draw for the International
races takes place after breakfast in the magnificent Sha
Tin parade ring.
The following days are filled with the Carbine
Club Lunch (with a ladies’ equivalent), the spectacular
Gala Party and the seafood experience of Lamma Island.
Sunday is grand final
day – the International race meeting
at Sha Tin. It is a big ten race programme with the International
races making up four of those.
Dunaden delivered the racing
highlight for Australian supporters as he franked his Melbourne
Cup form with a very good win in
the Hong Kong Vase over 2400m. Jockey Craig Williams rode
him extremely well, and, after allowing the horse to be headed
in the straight, when he pushed the button to go Dunaden
and proved what a high-class stayer he is. Red Cadeaux further
franked the Melbourne Cup form by dead-heating for third.
the prizemoney on offer in both Melbourne and Hong Kong,
suddenly the whole round trip will have an added attraction
for European stayers to come to Melbourne to contest the
and then head on to Hong Kong for another rich Group One
five weeks later.
After Dunaden’s win, Hong Kong took the racing
honours, winning the next three International races. Lucky
the Sprint over 1200m and also had an Aussie connection being
ridden by Brett Prebble. Irish-bred Lucky Nine was the first
Sprint winner for many years that was not bred in Australia.
The Mile was one for the ‘oldies’. Veteran New
Zealand-bred Able One saluted ridden by veteran jockey Jeff
Lloyd who is also well-known to Australian racegoers having
spent a few seasons here. The Cup over 2000m is theoretically
the feature race as it carries the most prizemoney and was
won by California Memory and here Darren Beadman was on runner-up
The meeting concludes with a fireworks display
and is the finale to series of events and wonderful raceday
the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
While it was disappointing that there
was a lack of Australian equine representation other than
an adopted French son in Dunaden,
there was no shortage of Australian visitors at the races,
and it was remarkable how popular this week is with Aussies.
Bloodstock sales companies and breeders were all there promoting
the Australian thoroughbred and upcoming yearling sales,
while there were literally hundreds of Australian racing
spread throughout the various Hong Kong hotels as part of
tour groups. By international standards, Hong Kong is convenient
to Australia, and the cost of a week in Hong Kong is a lot
friendlier than racing venues further afield. Consequently
the popularity of the meeting will continue. While we are
looking forward to a return in 2012 we can strongly recommend
the Hong Kong International races as one to add to your racing
BOBS & BOBS
The first major yearling auction of 2012
has been completed and if you look at the results of the
Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast, you’ll see how
important the BOBS program is to owners and trainers in NSW.
vast majority – almost 90% - of the yearlings being
offered were sired by BOBS stallions so it’s hardly
surprising that NSW buyers took most of the BOBS Eligible
yearlings. What is interesting is how few yearlings by interstate
sires found their way to NSW.
Among the offerings were some
high quality horses by Queensland stallions including Real
Saga, Jet Spur, Show A Heart, Hidden
Dragon, Court Command and others, and good representatives
from a smaller group of Victorian-based sires such as Astronomer
Royal, Magnus, Bel Esprit, Written Tycoon and others.
with a very small number of exceptions, NSW buyers ignored
these interstate-sired yearlings. They are not eligible
for BOBS and therefore less attractive to race in this State.
Gold Coast sale also brought yearling prices back to a more
realistic level – a level where buyers didn’t
feel they were forced to offer ridiculous sums of money to
purchase quality yearlings. It was, by and large, a buyers’ market.
doubt there are many members of the NSWROA who are now
proud owners of yearlings bought on the Gold Coast. Many
more are being offered shares by trainers who are eager
to finalise ownership arrangements.
So it’s timely to remind
everyone that buying a BOBS Eligible yearling does not mean
you own a horse that’s
entered for BOBS. It means very simply that your horse has
been sired by a BOBS nominated stallion.
Now you must make
sure your horse is nominated, and that means filling out
a form (available on the Racing NSW website,
or by mail) and paying the fee of $990. Entries close on
The nomination fee for BOBS Extra remains
unchanged at $840 and that nomination should be done on the
Extra, like BOBS, has to be entered by 1 September.
your trainer, talk to your co-owners. Just make sure that
someone is putting in that nomination. Recently I took
a call from a rather angry owner who had only just realised
that a horse she’d bred herself, now a 2-year-old,
had not been nominated for BOBS last year and it would now
cost her the $5500 late fee. When I questioned her she admitted
that as early as July last year a prominent metropolitan
trainer had known the horse was joining his stable, yet neither
owner nor trainer had talked to the other about putting in
a BOBS nomination. It can be an expensive oversight!
have won a BOS bonus, remember you can exercise the Double-Up
option and then use that money to purchase another
BOBS Eligible yearling. You have two years to use the Double-Up
If you have more than one horse and you
want to take the Double-Up option every time one of the horses
fill out the “Convert All Bonuses to Vouchers” form
which you’ll find on our website under “BOBS” and “Double-Up.” If you list all your horses
on that form, we’ll Double-Up for you automatically
whenever you win a bonus.
you have any questions on BOBS, BOBS Extra or Double-Up,
give John Gatfield a call on (02) 9551 7574 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.