The Premier yearlings have arrived at Karaka and are settled in well to their new environment. They had a busy few weeks leading into their departure with parades, getting their shoes on, Trish Dunell taking photos, and having the last minute touches put on their final appearance.
We are located in Barn E and look forward to seeing everyone and presenting our latest crop of yearlings. Did you know we have had 21 Group One wins by Karaka graduates to date? Chances are there could be another in this draft. Some of our best performers (Ocean Park, Quintessential, Famous Seamus) have come out of our Select session so keep an eye on our second session horses.
Ocean Park’s first crop is one we are particularly excited about. Not only because he is a horse we bred and sold who went on to perform at the highest level (five Group Ones including a Cox Plate), but because he is an outstanding type with a pedigree that suits a lot of mares. Many of his first foals appear to have thrown quite similar to him, especially through the head. They have length, good muscle and a great attitude.
Meet Kevin 'Millie' Walls
This week we catch up with Millie who has been at Trelawney as long as most of us can remember. If you need to know anything about any of the yearlings while at Karaka he’s your man.
Born: Palmerston North
How long have you been at Trelawney? Since August 1998 (getting close to the 20 year mark!)
How did you get involved with horses? As a kid I lived next to Barney Lumsdon and mum would always found me sitting in the paddock with the horses. I used to much out boxes for Murray Baker before school back when he only had three horses in work, and then went on to work at places like Cambridge Stud. I also spent 12 years in Australia, and was foreman for Brian Mayfield-Smith for 10 years.
Favourite part of yearling prep: When the last horse goes through the ring
Least favourite part of yearling prep: Millie couldn't come up with one
Best horse you have been involved with to date: Ocean Park while at Trelawney, and Marauding when strapping him for the Golden Slipper which he won in 1987.
Interests outside of work: Racing, fishing and socialising
If you weren’t working with horses you would be: lost
Pick of the 2016 Karaka draft: After being forced to pick one Millie went for the O’Reilly x Lillet filly.
Yearlings of the week
Lot 359 High Chaparral x Lady of the House filly
Lady of the House was a 6 time winner up to 1600m, and is the dam of three winners from four to race. The latest of these is 3yo Shockaholic (Shocking) who won at Mornington on the 27th of December. The Housebuster mare is a half-sister to dual Gr.1 and Caulfield Cup winner Descarado (High Chaparral).
This yearling is a balanced, well-proportioned filly with a nice hind-quarter. She has progressed well through her prep and presents herself professionally.
Lot 1034 Ocean Park x Miss Danewood filly
This filly is from the first crop of Ocean Park, and typical of his stock she is well muscled and has a good attitude.
Miss Danewood is out of the very good race mare Foxwood, who won the Gr.1 WRC Captain Cook Stakes, and the Gr.1 NZ 2000 Guineas. She is the dam of 3 winners, including Full Count (Shamardal) who won in Central Otago on the 3rd of January. Miss Danewood is a half-sister to Roger James’ promising mare Miss Foxwood, who recently ran 4th in the Listed ARC Newmarket Handicap.
Lot 359 High Chaparral x Lady of the House- Half to Shockaholic (Shocking) 1st 27/12 Mornington
Lot 463 Savabeel x Pinnovation- Half to Our Mystere (O’Reilly) 2nd 27/12 Rotorua
Lot 366 Mastercraftsman x La Sizeranne- Half to Lucky Profit (Bernardini) 2nd 1/1 Sha Tin
Lot 1034 Ocean Park x Miss Danewood- Half to Full Count (Shamardal) 1st 3/1 Omakau
Lot 7 Pins x Petit Verdot- Full to Antonio Lombardo 1st 2/1 Tauranga, 2nd 16/1 Tauranga