Karaka 2012 Yearling Videos Online

Friday 13 January 2012, 8:51AM

By New Zealand Bloodstock



Video clips of yearlings heading to New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series continue to be posted online with entries from vendors including Hallmark Stud, Westbury Stud, Rich Hill Stud and Wentwood Grange now on the NZB website.

A leading vendor at Karaka, Hallmark Stud has seen one of its foundation families produce some prolific performers on the track in recent seasons with progeny from Miss Distinction (Blechencore) proving to be highly talented performers.

Miss Distinction is the dam of the dual Group 1 winning mare Gee I Jane (Jahafil) who won the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap and the Group 1 BTC Cup in Australia in 2006. She is also the dam of Miss Jessie Jay (Spectacularphantom), a Group 3 winner, who in turn is the dam of the Champion 2YO Banchee (Oratorio) and Champion 3YO Katie Lee (Pins).

The 2011 Karaka Premier Sale saw Hallmark Stud sell a filly by Darci Brahma from Miss Distinction which was purchased by Connolly Bloodstock for $625,000. Karaka 2012 will see the stud offer 25 yearlings including:

Lot 174, the half-brother to Singapore's Champion Two and Three-Year-Old Filly Mexican Rose (Volksraad) by Stravinsky from the Gone West mare Down View.

Lot 325, the half-brother to dual Group 1 winner Gee I Jane by High Chaparral from Miss Distinction.

Westbury Stud has a large draft of 115 entries at Karaka 2012 with 30 in the Karaka Premier Sale. Westbury has seen two yearlings receive significant pedigree updates from New Year's Day racing with their dams Make Me Strong (Lot 308 and Countess Zoya (Lot1201 half-sisters to Atomic Force who won the Group 1 Railway Stakes. With a draft that features a good balance of New Zealand and Australian sires, Westbury Stud's line-up includes two entries by More Than Ready from Danehill mares (Lots 304 and 308). The More Than Ready/Danehill nick is proving potent and has produced three Group 1 winners in Benicio, Dreamaway and New Zealand's Champion First Season Sire Perfectly Ready.

Among Westbury Stud's entries at Karaka 2012 are:
Lot 77, the colt by Redoute's Choice from the Group 2 winning mare Bellini Rose (Faltaat), the family of Ethereal (Rhythm) and Darci Brahma (Danehill).

Lot 426, the half-brother to the dual stakes winner Military Grace (General Nediym) by first season sire Henrythenavigator.

Karaka 2012 will welcome the first southern hemisphere yearlings by the Group 1 English Derby winner Sir Percy who stands at Rich Hill Stud. The sire son of Mark of Esteem has 23 entries in the National Yearling Sales Series including a half-brother to the Group 2 winner Boulevardofdreams
(Daggers Drawn) 

(Lot 192

The sire of 10 Group 1 winners, Pentire also stands at Rich Hill Stud and is having a strong season courtesy of his eight-time Group 1 winning son Mufhasa and leading performer He's Remarkable. Pentire's yearlings make up 11 of the Stud's 21 entries in the Karaka Premier Sale which include:

Lot 52, the three-quarter brother in blood to He's Remarkable from the dual Group2 winning Centaine mare Arletty.

Lot 73, a three-quarter brother in blood to the eight-time Group 1 winner (King) Mufhasa from Belle Joie (Mellifont).

Cambridge based Wentwood Grange had a successful 2011 on the track courtesy of Miss Raggedy Ann who was bred by Wentwood Grange principals Des and Janet Hawkins. The stud also bred the talented sprinter Little Bridge (Faltaat) who won the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint in Hong Kong.

With a draft of 27 yearlings in the National Yearling Sales Series, the stud's draft offers yearlings from leading New Zealand families including:

The O'Reilly filly at Lot 312 and the Henrythenavigator colt at Lot 317, both out of daughters from the Group 1 winner and producer Marquise (Gold and Ivory), a daughter of Eight Carat (Pieces of Eight).

Lot 500, the Volksraad filly from the Stravinsky mare Tipple, a half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Brew (Sir Tristram) and a daughter of the outstanding
Group 1 winner and producer, the late Horlicks (Three Legs).

Other vendors to have video clips of their entries at Karaka 2012 recently posted on New Zealand Bloodstock's website include Valachi Downs, Bradbury Park, Jamieson Park, Kirkwall Thoroughbreds and Shelby Park.

Video clips of entries from Seaton Park, Brighthill Farm, The Oaks Stud, Phoenix Park, Monovale Farm, Highview and Amaranth Farm will be posted on New Zealand Bloodstock's website over the next week.

New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series will be held at the Karaka sales complex from 30 January to 5 February. For news and information about the Sales Series contact or visit

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