Round Table Racing Plus Two After Karaka RTR Sale
RSS Feeds Monday, 25 November 2013

Round Table Racing ventured to Auckland last week to attend the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale in search of a Derby winner or two.

A lack of depth has been identified by Round Table Racing in the middle distance three-year-old races of Australia. Racehorses in this his category compete for $20,000,000 in prize-money across 77 stakes races in the 12 months of their Classic year.

The dominance of the New Zealand bred in these races can quickly be identified with a look back through history, and the NZB RTR Sale has been a relevant source of much of this success in the past 5 racing seasons through it’s 17 Group 1 graduates and 100+ stakes winners. Of note, the sales recent graduates include Sangster, Linton, Atlante, HK Derby winner Fay Fay, and promising young stayer Savvy Nature.

James Harron and I were in search of our own Derby prospect for a group of clients who shared the same aspirations and we did not want to leave disappointed.

After analysing each and every horses breeze-up, multiple inspections, Gai’s feedback, and vetting, two horses stood out.

They both came up late on the last day of the sale and the butterflies by then were well and truly up and flying about. I can’t tell you how nerve wracking it is. You have found the horse/s of your dreams and the only thing in the world you want to do is take him/her home to Tulloch Lodge. All you think about though is who else will be trying to do the same thing? What budget do they have? Can we beat them tactically with our bidding?

Thankfully we were able to secure them both. They were:

Lot 319 – ‘Batman’

This good looking black colt by O’Reilly has been affectionately known as Batman since birth we found out after purchasing him. Bred at Soliloquy Lodge by the Moore family like all of the many Group winners in his family, Lot 319 hails from the great mare Soliloquy herself. His dam Aria (by Centaine) produced multiple Group winner Floria (by Savabeel) at her first attempt, and this colt is just her fourth foal. 

He is bred on the successful O’Reilly/Centaine cross responsible for three Group 1 winners including Alamosa, Guyno and Mac O’Reilly.

‘Batman’ showed a great length of stride and fluency in his action when he breezed-up, and matched that with natural strength and a great attitude when we inspected him at Karaka. He was secured for NZ$340,000 after a fierce bidding duel with bloodstock agent John Foote. This made him the second highest priced horse of the sale.

See more pictures and his pedigree here:


Lot 365 – ‘X-Factor’

This gelding blew his partner away in his breeze-up and he blew James and I away the first time he strode out of his box for inspection at Karaka. He is effortless in every movement he makes and this was made clear in his strong score on stride length and action efficiency.

By promising young sire Domesday, already the sire of two Group 1 winners, this gelding is the sixth foal of prolific producer Cashcade (by Danehill’s full brother Anziyan). Cashcade has only been bred to average class stallions in the past but she was still pre-potent enough to leave three stakes horses including Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes winner Ekstreme.

This gelding has something special about him and we had to pay NZ$240,000 to secure him. He has an X-factor which we look forward to exploring on the racetrack in future.

See more pictures and his pedigree here:


The proof will of course be in the pudding and you can keep up to date with the progress of both horses right here on the Round Table Racing website.

Best of luck to all of their owners.


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