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Top Studs Vie For Vendor Honours At Karaka 2017
The 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is shaping up to be an exciting clash for vendor supremacy between three powerhouses of the New Zealand breeding industry. Leading vendor honours were once exclusively the domain of Cambridge Stud and then more recently Waikato Stud, but this year those two are set to be joined by Curraghmore in a three-way battle. Cambridge Stud boasts an incredible history and its many accolades speak for themselves. Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan have been voted New Zealand Breeder of the Year five times and Cambridge Stud has been leading vendor at Karaka 31 times. Cambridge Stud will offer 45 yearlings at the Premier Sale. Stallions represented include local stars Savabeel and O'Reilly, Australian-based sires like Redoute's Choice, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Medaglia d'Oro and Camelot and Cambridge's own impressive roster headed by Tavistock and exciting newcomers Power and Burgundy. Female families represented include Cambridge Stud's famous Eight Carat line. Waikato, which has claimed the leading vendor title the last three years, will present a formidable draft of yearlings at Karaka, including 55 in the Premier catalogue. The draft includes progeny of Gr1-winning mares Daffodil (Lot 109), I Do (Lot 204) and Legs (Lot 255), as well as a full-brother to the multiple Gr1 winner and now Waikato Stud stallion Sacred Falls (Lot 205). One of the hallmarks of the Waikato Stud draft at Karaka 2017 is that it features the final crop of legendary stallion O'Reilly. The third of the leading contenders for vendor honours at Karaka 2017 is Curraghmore. This year they will present a much larger draft, including 19 in the Premier session alone. The one that carries the most interest is Lot 181, the second yearling by the incomparable Frankel to go through the sale ring. The first Frankel yearling topped the 2016 Premier Sale with a $1.3 million price tag. Curraghmore's Frankel colt is out of the German mare Give Me Five, dam of Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision.