Quality catalogue at NZB Winter Sale

Buyers looking to secure quality breeding opportunities for the coming breeding season will have plenty to choose from at NZ Bloodstock’s Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale which starts at midday on Friday.

With a catalogue of 75 horses and an additional 31 supplementary entries, the Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale will offer a number of well-bred mares, many of which have been served by some of New Zealand’s leading stallions.

Included in the 41 broodmares on offer is the Zabeel mare Be Inspired (Lot 8).  A well-related mare, Be Inspired is a sister to G3 winner Rainbow Styling and half-sister to G3 winner Zingaling (Redoute’s Choice).

Be Inspired’s colt by Duporth topped Day 1 at this year’s National Weanling Sale when purchased by Lyndhurst Farm for $105,000.  The mare has been served by the G2 winning English sprinter Showcasing who will see his first southern hemisphere foals born this season.

The Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale will offer three stakes winning racemares including Holy Moly (Holy Roman Emperor) who is being sold as a racing and breeding proposition at Lot 66.

Holy Moly is out of the Zabeel mare Clarissa and had a successful 2011-12 season for her trainer Roger James winning the LR Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie and running third in the G3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes.

Other stakes winning mares to be offered are Italian Princess (Bertolini) at Lot 19 who won the Listed Counties Bowl and Mydiamond Bracelet (Al Akbar) at Lot 26 who won the Listed Turf Sprint Handicap.

Blue-blooded mare Shutout will be offered for sale as a racing and breeding proposition at Lot 74.  A daughter of the champion sire Redoute’s Choice, she is from the G2 Winter Stakes winner La Sizeranne (Stravinsky) and has raced just six times for a win and two placings.

Ocean of Tears (Minardi) is another attractive breeding proposition and will be offered at Lot 27.  Out of the Centaine mare Procure, she is a half-sister to G2 winner Hips Don’t Lie (Stravinsky) and stakes placed Acquired (O’Reilly) and Azevedo (Hesissio).

Ocean of Tears produced a Henrythenavigator colt last year and has been served by Darci Brahma who has a full book for the 2012 season.  Her half-sister Ulmer (Carnegie) was served by High Chaparral in 2011 with another half-sister – Luna Belle (Stravinsky) – served by Redoute’s Choice.

With mares in foal to sires including Any Suggestion, Darci Brahma, Iffraaj, Mastercraftsman, Sakhee’s Secret, Savabeel, Showcasing, Sir Percy and more, other highlights include:

Hurricane Sky at Lot 17, a half-sister to American G3 winner (Our) Nautique (Pins) and Trocair (Flying Spur) – dam of G2 winner Tullamore (Savabeel).  Hurricane Sky has been served by Savabeel making any resulting progeny a three-quarter-sibling to Tullamore.

Menta Verde at Lot 24, a half-sister to G2 winner King of Ashford (His Royal Highness) and dam of stakes winner Fairway Wish (Sandtrap).  She has been served by Perfectly Ready.

The Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale will also offer 6 yearlings, 5 two-year-olds, 9 unraced horses and 14 racehorses with entries by sires including Captain Rio, High Chaparral, Keeper, O’Reilly and Pentire.

The NZ Bloodstock Winter Mixed Bloodstock Sale catalogue can be viewed online at www.nzb.co.nz.