Coat’s Choice standouts at NZ South Island Sale

NZ Bloodstock’s South Island 2YO Sale is just over three weeks away and vendors are busy getting their untried youngsters ready for this unique Sale on Friday, August 10 at Christchurch’s Canterbury Agricultural Park.

The South Island Sale includes 154 two-year-olds plus a catalogue of Mixed Bloodstock comprising 3 broodmares, 3 yearlings and 2 unraced horses.

Berkley Stud has been the leading vendor by aggregate at the South Island Sale for the last seven years and owners Edwina Morris and Alan Jones will offer 19 two-year-olds in their consignment this year.

“We are very pleased with the draft, they are coming along nicely and there is a horse to suit all buyers,” Morris commented.  “We have some nice two-year-olds by leading sires including O’Reilly, Pentire and Stravinsky and 11 two-year-olds by Coats Choice who stands at Berkley.”

Coats Choice’s is by Redoute’s Choice from a half-sister to the Golden Slipper winner and sire Catbird and he has made a good start to his stud career siring his third stakes winner this season in Natuzzi and the equal top lot at the 2012 Karaka Festival Sale.

“Coats Choice is doing a great job,” Morris added.  “He has had some good winners abroad with B Choice winning his debut very impressively in Hong Kong before he was injured at his second start.

“In Singapore, Coats Choice has been represented with Full Toss who claimed his second victory in June at Kranji and is proving a consistent performer.  In Macau, Legal Lord won his debut earlier this month and he has a very impressive horse heading to Hong Kong in Joyful the Great who won his only start in New Zealand by over three lengths.”

Included in Berkley Stud’s draft for the South Island Sale is a full brother to the dual stakes winner Milo (Coats Choice) who won the Dunedin and Gore Guineas last season.

“He’s a standout, a fantastic type.  He has a very good temperament and is a good moving horse which is typical of Coats Choice’s progeny.  The gelding out of Cashel Belle (Slavic) is a big strong individual and he will also be popular.”

Other highlights in Berkley Stud’s draft are:

Lot 49:  Gelding by Stravinsky from the G2 City of Auckland Cup winner Highflying (Entrepreneur).

Lot 68:  Brother to the triple stakes winning filly and NZB Southern Filly of the Year Ombre Rose (O’Reilly) and half-brother to 10-time Australian winner Crabs (Danasinga).

Dunedin based White Robe Lodge has had a successful season with their resident sire Gallant Guru (Montjeu) siring his first stakes winner Ortem Fire in the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes.

Ortem Fire is trained by Brian and Shane Anderton and she was also stakes placed in the Warstep Stakes and Southland Guineas before being crowned the 2012 NZB Southern Filly of the Year.

White Robe Lodge has a draft of 12 two-year-olds heading for the South Island Sale and all are by their resident sire Gallant Guru.  A son of Montjeu, Gallant Guru was a dual stakes winner at three and won the G2 Sandown Classic as a four year-old.

“He has made a good start to his stud career siring his first stakes winner this season and he also had a trial winner in Singapore last week,” Brian Anderton said.  “I have got a number of Gallant Guru’s progeny in my stable and they are lovely horses to work with and everyone who is training his progeny are saying the same thing.”

White Robe Lodge will offer three two-year-olds from the family of G1 winner Prized Gem (Prized).  Gallant Guru’s sire Montjeu has had success with the family siring Prized Gem’s son Nom de Jeu who won the G1 AJC Derby and is now standing at stud.

Other highlights in White Robe Lodge’s draft include:

Lot 82:  Three-quarter brother to the stakes winner and this year’s NZB Southern Filly of the Year Ortem Fire (Gallant Guru).

Lot 102:  Colt from G1 performer Personal Column (Personal Escort).

The South Island Sale catalogue can be viewed online: