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Waikato Sold On New Karaka Format
Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick says he is excited about the revamped structure of New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series which commences at Karaka on Sunday evening, reports NZ Racing Desk. Waikato will present an 80-strong draft for Book 1, the largest of any vendor at the sale. "I stand to be corrected, but it's probably the biggest draft any farm has in a single sale in the southern hemisphere this summer," Chittick said. "I'm looking forward to the new concept – it should work well." Chittick added: "The longer we can keep the Australians, and in fact all international buyers here and being able to put more horses in front of them should be a huge benefit to everyone." Leading the stud's draft will be progeny of multiple champion NZ sire Savabeel, who will be represented by 35 yearlings from the Matamata farm. He will get solid backing from fellow Waikato Stud residents Ocean Park, Pins, Rock 'n' Pop and the much awaited first-season debutant Sacred Falls. Chittick is especially excited to present the first yearlings by the son of O'Reilly. "There's no doubt there's added excitement around Sacred Falls," he said. "We bred him, sold him as a yearling and then bought back into him at the end of his racing career." Chittick added: "It's been a real homecoming with him returning to the farm and going into O'Reilly's box and we couldn't be happier with the horses he is leaving." Click here to view Waikato's Karaka draft.