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The hammer has not long fallen on the last lot at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale at Karaka and with plenty of competition on a variety of horses throughout the two days of selling, there will be a spring in a number of vendors’ steps over the coming days.
On the Haunui front, Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream) once again proved a stallion in demand with four six-figure lots and a top price of $160,000 paid by Australian Bloodstock Agent Bill Mitchell for Lot 207, a colt of out Adrian Stanley’s Woburn Farm draft.
“I had an order to buy early runners suitable for Hong Kong and the two Showcasing’s I bought certainly fit that mould,” said Bill Mitchell. “We know he can leave an early type and his progeny are doing very well in Asia,” he said.
Caulfield-based trainer Henry Dwyer went to $140,000 for Lot 323, a colt out of Runaway Bride offered by Riverrock Farm. This will see another Showcasing enter the Australian market where from just 24 runners, he has left 15 winners including the ill-fated Group Three winner Cylinder Beach (NZ) and stakes performed filly So Far Sokool (NZ) whilst Showcasing’s ranks have been further bolstered in Australia with the arrival of stakes winner and New Zealand Derby place getter Rahgu (NZ) to the Jason Warren stable.Haunui Farm’s Mark Chitty says, “Showcasing has had a strong few weeks in both Australia and New Zealand with a Group Three winner in Christchurch and a stakes performer in Melbourne. And off the back of very good results in Singapore, it’s not surprising that his two-year-olds were in demand at Karaka this week. He is a proven, international stallion and as such, his progeny are on the radar of a wide variety of buyers and these results bode well for the yearling sales which will be here before we know it.”