Kiwi Karma sold in foal to Irish breeder

One of Kranji’s former favourite mares Kiwi Karma will continue her new career as a broodmare in Ireland after she was sold in foal at an Inglis broodmare sale in Australia last Friday.

The Group 3 Dester Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint winner was knocked down for A$200,000 to an Irish breeder, a certain C Roscoe, at the Inglis The Chairman’s Sale (Elite Breeding Prospects).

She is believed to be in foal to Vinery Stud stallion Press Statement, the former Chris Waller-trained star colt, and will therefore give birth to her first progeny in Ireland.

Kiwi Karma was serviced by the first-season sire on September 16, 2016. A son of Hinchinbrook, Press Statement is a former China Horse Club-owned horse whose biggest win came in the Group 1 MRC Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and BRC JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m).

Kiwi Karma’s former trainer Michael Clements was obviously delighted with the news the bonny chestnut mare will now be a mum in one of the leading breeding countries in the world.

“It’s great to hear Kiwi Karma was purchased by an Irish breeder. She is in foal to Press Statement and it’ll be exciting to see what the foal does one day,” said the Zimbabwean-born conditioner.

The daughter of Fast ‘N’ Famous forged a successful Kranji career, which was, however, cut short last year after Clements, following thorough discussions with her owners, the DSands Racing Stable, decided that she had given her best on the tracks, and it was the right time to retire her as a broodmare at the Attunga Stud on the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

Originally prepared by Laurie Laxon as a two-year-old before Clements took over in early 2015, Kiwi Karma has bowed out the winner of eight races, including one at Group 2 level, the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200m) and two at Group 3 level, the one-off CECF Singapore Prestige Classic (1400m) and the Dester Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) and close to $950,000 in stakes earnings.

Kiwi Karma was aimed at the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) in Dubai last year in March, but was pulled out after the Dubai Racing Club banned Singapore horses because of a Strangles outbreak.