How does your draft compare to previous years? Drafts from year to year have some subtle differences,
I think this year we have some outstanding colts in the Premier session, but in
general the quality of type and pedigree remain constant with proven sires and
a depth of pedigree in the mares.
Which are your standout colts and fillies and what
qualities do they have? Hard to single out a few as the
depth of type is very good, a couple of standouts in my eye are Lot 431, the
Shamexpress-Stella Livia colt, a very athletic colt with great balance, he
looks like a real runner and is a half to the exciting Group One place Spieth.
Colts in a sale for me are a means to an end, whereas fillies are my real
passion and Lot 334, the Ocean Park-Petit Verdot (pictured) represents what I like to see
in a filly; quality, feminine type, athletic movement, scope for development
and depth of pedigree. This filly has it all.
Which lot has surprised you most in the prep? There are a number of horses that make huge
improvement through the prep as our horses tend start off leggy immature types,
but with exercise and conditioning they develop right through to the sale and
history shows they will continue to progress when the new buyers take them
home. We had a number of very early parades in November and I know those that
attended will see enormous improvement when they view the draft at Karaka.
Which stallions do you think will prove popular at the
sale? Proven sires in my mind should be
the Kings of the sale, but as we know fashion plays a big part. The chat
around Shamexpress and Dundeel as first season sires is very good and
both sold well at Magic Millions. I really like our Epaulette-Dubonnet colt, a
cheeky bugger with plenty of energy.
Who are your picks of the first season sires on offer at
the sale this year? The ShamExpress and Dundeel’s have
sold well on the Gold Coast, and I am a fan of what I have seen by Epaulette.
How do you think the market will be at the sale compared to the last few
years and why? The trend of huge demand for the top 30% will continue along with the
ever increasing number of syndicators driving the market. The day of the single
owner seems to have disappeared, we now see some of our larger buyers forming
collaborative groups to buy horses rather than compete against each other, the
positive side to that is we are seeing incredible money being paid for the
“right” horse. As commercial breeders we like to see depth in the market where
we can sell horses at all price ranges and I’m confident we will see depth and
have a strong sale at Karaka as the quality of the horses is there and our
results have been strong in our main markets such as Australia, Hong Kong and
If there was one thing you could change about the NZ
breeding / racing industry what would it be and why? It’s frustrating to see our stakes levels lagging so
far behind our Australian friends and I feel the pain our trainers, owners etc
are experiencing as we also race a number of fillies in NZ. It seems to me that
betting turnover creates the income, but the seemingly out of control cost to
run our industry is taking away the opportunity of return. When the cost to
employ the servants of the industry vastly exceeds the stake money on offer the
fundamentals of the business are out of whack, private business couldn’t
survive under this practice and clearly neither can our racing industry.
What restaurant would you recommend to someone over the
sale and what would you recommend they order? There is only one....Chez Trelawney ...NZ Prime beef,
export quality lamb racks, garden fresh salad, washed down by Central Otago
Pinot Noir or Kari Kari Chardonnay...it doesn't get any better.