New Zealand Bloodstock will conduct an Unreserved Dispersal Sale at Selwyn River Stud in Christchurch on Friday, March 26.
The Sale marks a new direction for Selwyn River proprietor Glyn Morris who has been among the leading South Island breeders over the past decade. Underpinning the attractiveness of the Sale is the stud’s young stallion prospect Edenwold.
“I have decided to move away from holding a substantial broodmare band of my own,” Morris said. “I will focus on providing higher quality stud services to breeders who can see the immense potential that I believe exists with Edenwold.”
The Sale comprises 70 lots including 22 weanlings, 30 broodmares (11 with foals at foot), 15 yearlings, and 3 broken-in two-year-olds.
Edenwold (Southern Halo) was Canada’s Champion 2YO of his year winning the Simcoe Stakes (1400m), Vandal Stakes (1200m) and Colin Stakes (1200m). In his classic year, Edenwold returned to win the prestigious Queen’s Plate (2000m) which is the oldest thoroughbred race in North America.
The last Champion Canadian 2yo Colt to complete the Queens Plate double was none other than Sound Reason, the Champion New Zealand sire in 1987-88.
Edenwold is a masculine individual and, like More Than Ready, is by Southern Halo out of a Mr. Prospector line mare. There are 14 weanlings from his first crop set for the auction while 25 broodmares by the likes of Zabeel, Pentire, Royal Academy, Dance Floor and Danasinga will be offered in-foal to him, along with 8 foals at foot.
Edenwold’s first crop of foals have impressed breeders. “They carry quite a bit of condition but have lovely scope to them,” Morris commented. “I look forward to them developing into fine racehorses.”
Taking advantage of the local auction opportunity, Berkley Stud will also offer a small selection of horses at the Dispersal Sale. Included are stock by My Halo, Coat’s Choice and Spartacus.
The full Selwyn River Stud Sale catalogue can be viewed online at www.nzb.co.nz.