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NZ Multiple Gr1 Star Alamosa To Mick Price Melb Stable
Boom NZ 3YO colt Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) who smashed the track record in notching his 2nd successive Gr1 victory over older rivals (& 3rd Gr1 win overall) in the Gr1 Otaki-Maroi WFA (1600m) at Otaki on February 22 has been sold "for more than NZ$5 million" & "will join the Melbourne stable of Mick Price at Caulfield" reported the New Zealand Herald. Buyer Bill Gleeson of Manawatu-based stud Wellfield Lodge told the newspaper: "I can confirm everything will go ahead. Everything's been settled." Gleeson revealed Alamosa (originally a NZ$60,000 yearling at the 2006 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) had been syndicated into 50 shares with Wellfield holding at least 25 of them: "Wellfield will be the major shareholder, which obviously entails more than 50%." Gleeson also noted the horse's purchase was "entirely a New Zealand venture: there are no shares sold to Australia at all." However Alamosa will leave trainer Peter McKay (who owned the horse in partnership with his wife & Christchurch importer Trevor Luke) to join Australian trainer Mick Price at Caulfield. Alamosa has yet to race in Australia & Gleeson said that "to enhance his value as a future stallion it was important he performed in Australia. He can't do any more in NZ than what he's done. We obviously want to frank his form as Australasian." Gleeson added: "We fielded a number of calls from throughout Australia, but we are going to Victoria because it has been free of equine influenza." Alamosa was 2nd-highest rated NZ 2YO last season & boasts 9 wins (also including the Gr1 Thorndon Mile over 1600m at Trentham on January 26 & Gr3 Wellington Stakes over 1600m at Trentham a week earlier on January 19, plus December's Gr2 Avondale Guineas over 1600m & October's Gr2 Hawke's Bay Guineas over 1400m at Hastings, as well as last season's Gr1 Ford Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Ellerslie & Listed Wellesley Stakes over 1000m at Hastings) & 5 placings (including runner-ups in both November's Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas over 1600m at Riccarton Park & October's Gr2 Wellington Guineas over 1500m at Trentham, as well as last season placings in the Gr1 Ford Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Awapuni & Listed Welcome Stakes over 1000m at Riccarton Park) from 17 starts.