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NZ Bloodstock sale to begin at Karaka

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/01/2017
A total of 1347 yearlings are catalogued for the week. © Getty Image A total of 1347 yearlings are catalogued for the week.

The hammer is about to fall on the first of more than 1300 of the finest thoroughbreds on offer in New Zealand.

All of the biggest names in New Zealand and Australia's sire ranks are represented at the 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka, which starts on Monday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a key figure in Dubai and owner of horse breeding operation Darley Stud, has send his principal bloodstock adviser, John Ferguson, to attend, the NZ Herald reports.

The two-day premier sale starts on Monday followed by the three-day select sale and the last event is the festival sale on February 5. A total of 1347 yearlings are catalogued for the week.

Prime Minister Bill English is opening this year's sale.

Last season in Australia, New Zealand thoroughbreds won a quarter of the group one races, yet they make up only 5.4 per cent of the racehorse population, sale organiser New Zealand Bloodstock says.

Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel is represented with 64 yearlings in the premier catalogue. Last year yearlings bred from him sold for a total of $11.545 million.

Another sire with significant representation is Cambridge Stud's Tavistock, who sired three Derby winners last season - Tarzino in the Victoria Derby, Tavago in the Australian Derby and Werther in the Hong Kong Derby. Tavistock has 56 yearlings in the 2017 premier sale.

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