Pierina was too good for the rest of the field in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa. Backing up from a brave third in the Listed Mauwatu Anzac Mile the 6yo Savabeel mare ripped away from the rest of the field at the 200m mark winning by 5 lengths after a dream trip with Michael McNab aboard.
The Stephen Marsh trained quality mare who has found her form is have a well deserved break before she will come back into work. With some solid black type under her belt she will be heading to stud to be covered by Almanzor before racing through the spring where she will look to target further black type.
The mare was purchased at the 2016 NZB Yearling Sales for $110,000 on behalf of owners JML Bloodstock and Greg Clarke.
The Karaka yearling sales are over for another year and BPB ended up delighted with the purchases they were able to secure on behalf of their clients.
Not knowing what the sale would hold at the start of the week, it was great to see buyers making use of the online bidding platform and using NZ based agents. With a solid clearance rate across the board, the sale overall was very strong, showing there is still a significant demand in Australia for the middle distance staying horses that NZ is known for breeding. With the atmosphere around the sale complex feeling a little quieter than normal it was still a great experience. What was noticeable was how relaxed the yearlings were at Karaka which was brilliant for inspections. In a normal year, yearling parades at Karaka would be hectic as a result of the influx of overseas buyers and as a consequence yearlings are often tired and stressed which often impacts on the way they present. This year yearlings seemed far more comfortable in the surroundings and paraded accordingly which was fantastic from our perspective.
Lot 416 Almanzor x Genius Colt
BPB was able to happily secure a number of horses for the likes of Danny O’Brien and Lib Petagna. Cambridge Studs first season sire Almanzor made his mark with a number of quality types through the drafts of many different studs. BPB secured 7 of Almanzor’s progeny with 6 of those definitely going to Australia. Other first season sires such as Inglewood’s War Decree and Little Avondale’s Time Test also made their mark with BPB securing a lovely filly by War Decree from the Inglewood draft and colt by Time Test from Mapperley Studs draft – both for Lib Petagna.
With Sydney Classic about to kick off, it will be great to follow results for what is proving to so far be a strong sale year across Australasia. BPB was lucky enough to see most of the NZ yearlings heading to Australian sales before they left and there are some quality types heading through the ring.
Whimsical – 1st Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes
Whimsical ran a superb race in the Gr.3 Manawatu Racing Club Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes on Saturday to come home with her first black type win on just her third start. Taking the lead with 150m to run Whimsical came away winning by three quarters of a length after what was a great battle down the straight with Love For All.
The stunning Savabeel filly is raced by JML Bloodstock and Dame Lowell Goddard. She is now the 10th black type Savabeel filly to have run
in JML Bloodstock’s, Lib Petagna’s colours. Whimsical was purchased from the 2019 NZB Yearling Sale out of Little Avondale’s draft. Out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Chanel’s Choice who is a half-sister to the Coolmore Classic Gr.1 winning Steps In Time.
Whimsical will now have a well deserved break before carrying on her campaign in which will hopefully lead her through to the Australian Oaks.
Bruce Perry Bloodstock also had an exciting Sunday evening with Rattan running 3rd in the Gr.1 HKJC Longines Hong Kong Sprint. The Savabeel gelding who was purchased at the 2015 NZB Yearling Sale for Mr Wong has now won over NZ$3.8million.
The 2020 Ready To Run at Karaka was a huge success for vendors last week, with the sale being much stronger than initially was anticipated. With a clearance rate of 77% and average spend at $95,349, it was nice to see some lit up faces around the complex in what’s been a tough year for the industry.
Lot 305 Tavistock x Mourasana Colt
BP Bloodstock was in attendance where we ended up being underbidders on a number of lots but were able to secure three great types. Lot 132 for Kris Lees Racing, the Tarzino x Alta Floresta filly from Westbury Stud. We also were able to secure lots 274 a Dundeel x Lodore Falls colt from Lyndhurst Farm and 305, the Tavistock x Mourasana colt from Curraghmore. These were both for Sam Kelt who has made an exciting return to the industry. We wish him all the success in the future with these two cracking colts who are being trained by Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.
Over the last few weeks we have attended both the Taupo Inglis breeze ups and on farm inspections of the NZ horses heading to Sydney to be sold in the RTR sale on October 20.
Two horses ready to breeze up at Taupo
On Monday and Tuesday we were present at Te Rapa for the NZB RTR breeze ups in preparation for the sale which is being held at Karaka on November 18 & 19. Through all of the inspections we witnessed some very nice young horses who are bound to have a bright racing career. There were a number that stood out that should have strong appeal for Australian and Hong Kong buyers. We were very impressed with the preparation of the New Zealand vendors who have done an amazing job.
For any buyers wanting some assistance we would be more than willing to help. We will be onsite at Karaka in November for final inspections before the horses go through the ring.