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Another Successful Trip To Karaka.

Mon, Feb 5, 2024

Another Successful Trip To Karaka.
Another Successful Trip To Karaka.
Tony has returned from the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sales a happy man having purchased two nice colts to join the team at Greendale. Karaka has been a happy hunting ground for Tony over the years having purchased Purple Groove, Manolo Blahniq and Hickok to name a few. New Zealand has the perfect climate and rain fall to breed tough and durable racehorses and NZ breds have held their own and over achieved for decades.

Considerable investment in NZ racing and breeding over the past few years has shown in recent results in Australasia. NZ Breds have returned to the heady heights of the 80's and 90's and there is a real sense of optimism for the industry there right now.

Tony's fist purchase was a Super Vobis and Vobis Gold qualified colt by Strasbourg - Uncovered Beauty. A precocious type who will be nominated for the Karaka Millions Race Series, he was the stand out pick for Tony in Book 2. "A natural running type with great strength, I was particularly impressed by his conformation and walk. Being qualified for the Vobis & Vobis Gold Scheme is the cherry on top"

On Friday, Tony had to wait until towards the end of the sale to sign for the Shocking - Wychwood Colt from Windsor Park Stud. I'm Thunderstruck has been the headline act for Shocking in recent years and he is building a very solid list of Stakes performers from 1400m to 3200m, underlining their speed, soundness and durability.

" The Shocking Colt has great size, strength and scope and strikes me as a 1600m to 2000m horse in time. He has the speed influence of Green Desert on his Dams side which has worked so well in New Zealand over the years. An athletic type with a great walk and a handsome head. He looks a bargain at $30,000 NZD".

Shares are available in each horse separately but Tony will also package them both together for those interested. It may appeal to some to have double the fun with an interest in both as they are different types. The Strasbourg, an up and running 2yo speed type and the Shocking a strong athletic colt who will continue to improve as he mature from his 3yo season. **Look out for Tony's Summer Special Offer for those who take a 5% Share in both horses at the bottom of this email**


Strasbourg – Uncovered Beauty Colt     Sale Price $90,000 NZD

Described by Tony as one of the standout colts in Book 2 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale, this Chestnut Colt is a more precocious type than is generally found in New Zealand. Born and Bred at Little Avondale Stud, this Colt was conceived in Victoria where his sire Strasbourg stands, and this means we have the added Vobis Silver, Vobis Gold and Vobis Sires bonuses to race for in the future.

Given his precocity, the Colt will be paid up for the Karaka Millions Race Series which offers over $5,000,000 in prize money for graduates each year. This colt has the strong physique and the athletic walk of a precocious 2yo and he will travel straight back from New Zealand to Victoria to begin the education process after a short break in the paddock.

His sire Strasbourg, a magnificent son of I Am Invincible, was a multiple Group winning 2yo for Peter & Paul Snowdon who cost $750,000 as a yearling himself. He has been a real success in the sale ring for breeders and has hit the ground running with 2 winners from 2 runners from his first 2yo runners.

His Dam Uncovered Beauty was a winner at 1200m and is by leading sire Per Incanto. On the maternal side there are many precocious 2yo's littered through the pedigree which is no surprise given the maternal Grandsire is none other than Danehill himself. Interestingly this Colt is bred has Danehill on both sides of his pedigree.

At $90,000NZD we believe this colt offers outstanding value for a precocious early running type. He has been reared at the fantastic Little Avondale nursery where 41 Gr.1 winners have been born and raised and unusually for a NZ bred is Vobis and Vobis Gold eligible which is so important here in Victoria. 

To view his NZB Sale page click here

5% Share Price Australian Dollars: $5375.00 & GST

Itemised Cost to 29th February 2024
FALL OF HAMMER    $87,000
INSURANCE               $ 4,000
VOBIS & V GOLD       $ 1,600
FLIGHT TO AUS         $ 7,500
NZ TRANSPORT         $ 1,250
VETERINARY              $    500
SALES EXPENSES     $ 1,500


If you would like to learn more, please email or call Tony on 0418102972.

Shocking – Wychwood Colt    Sale Price $30,000 NZD

For over 40 years, the Schick family have been to the forefront of the New Zealand breeding industry at their Windsor Park Stud just outside Cambridge. During that time they have raised and grazed many champions of our sport and stood some over New Zealand's best stallions over the journey.

At the New Zealand Yearling Sales, the Windsor Park draft are always sought after and it's often the first stop for trainers and agents alike at inspection time. Tony picked the Shocking - Wychwood Colt on his shortlist and had to wait until the last day of the Karaka Sale to get the one he wanted for $30,000NZD.

This colt caught Tony's attention as a strong athletic type with a good walk and great looks. Shocking's genetic versatility boosts his appeal at stud, having sired Stakes winners from 1400m to 3200m and an impressive 10% of his 205 winners to date have won Stakes races. It's no surprise when you look at the Sires pedigree with Street Cry and Danehill the speed and stamina influences of his sire line.

The appeal of the Shocking breed is that he produces horses with speed to win races at 1400m but the toughness and versatility to get further, I'm Thunderstruck, Shock Em Ova, Defibrillate and Surprise Baby are names we are all familiar with and Tony believes with the speed influence of Green Desert on this colts maternal side, he is a colt who will be up an running as a late 2yo/early 3yo and eventually get to an optimum distance range of 1600 to 2000m.

Click on the link below to view his sale page to view his photos, farm video and pedigree page.

5% Share Price Australian Dollars: $2125.00 & GST

Itemised Cost to 29th February 2024
FALL OF HAMMER     $ 29,000
INSURANCE               $  1,600
FLIGHT TO AUS          $ 7,500
NZ TRANSPORT         $ 1,250
VETERINARY              $    500
SALES EXPENSES     $ 1,500



Take a 5% share in both Yearlings from Karaka with all training fees included until February 28th 2025 for the special price of $10,000.00 & GST.    ** NO FEES UNTIL MARCH 2025**

For further information or to get involved email or call Tony on 0418 102 972