Flemington shows quality of NZ Ready to Run catalogue

Ten of the winners over the first two days of the Flemington carnival, the Saturday and Tuesday programs, were by sires represented in the 494 lot catalogue covering the prestigious Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs scheduled to be conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock at their Karaka Sales Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday November 16 and 17.

The sires who had the Melbourne winners are the New Zealand based Zabeel (two winners, including Maluckyday, successful in The Lexus and then second in the Melbourne Cup) and Captain Rio (Brazilian Pulse, winner of the fillies classic double of Wakeful Stakes and Victoria Oaks) and the Australian used premier winner getters Starcraft (Coolmore Stud winner Star Witness), Choisir (Sacred Choice, the Myer Classic), Stratum (Spectrolite, juvenile), Mossman (Stirling Grove, Schweppes Tonic 1000), Commands (Palomares, Lexus Hybrid Plate), Encosta de Lago (Tagus, Bundaberg Plate) and Lonhro (Launay, TAB Celebrating 50 Years Handicap).

The Australian sires are among 32 who got their Ready to Run entries from use here. Between them they have nearly 100 lots and they include the outstanding winner getters Encosta de Lago (3 lots), Stratum (3), Hussonet (3), Starcraft (2), Dehere (2), Flying Spur (2), Lonhro (2), Commands (2), Fusaichi Pegasus (2), Choisir (2), Rock of Gibraltar (2), General Nediym, Hidden Dragon, Mossman, More Than Ready, Exceed and Excel, Foreplay, Magic Albert and Not a Single Doubt.

A rising star Redoute’s Choice sire at Arrowfield stud, Not a Single Doubt has a gelding available that has a lot of the gene structure that produced the great filly Fashions Afield. She is by Redoute’s Choice and from a daughter of Wrap Around, a Bletchingly Group1 winner who is a sister to Spring Beauty, the dam of the Ready to Run juvenile.

All colts, the Encosta de Lagos are from daughters of Danasinga, Centaine and Giant’s Causeway. Flying Spur has colts from mares by Gold Ace and O’Reilly and Lonhro has a filly from a Stravinsky winner and a gelding that is an August 26 produced first foal of Danehill Princess, a Danehill relation to Danehill Dancer.

Among the nearly 400 lots by New Zealand sires is a big selection of prospects whose credentials suggest they could be developed into classic and cup contenders.The great Zabeel has four lots including a gelding from a Redoute’s Choice mare who won at 1800m, and Brazilian Pulse’s sire Captain Rio supplies11 lots. Other New Zealand sires represented include Darci Brahma (14 lots), Don Eduardo (12), Elusive City (18), Golan (11), Keeper (18), O’Reilly (13), Perfectly Ready (12), Pins (9), Savabeel (7), Shinko King (8), Spartacus (10), St Reims (6) and Thorn Park (7).