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Moroney Flies Kiwi Flag At Tattersalls
Leading New Zealand bloodstock agent Paul Moroney has been part of a significant international buying bench at Tattersalls flagship October Yearling Sales this week and signed for 3 lots during his first October Book-1 sojourn. Having already been successful in recent years at the December Mares and Horses-In-Training Sales at Park Paddocks, Moroney hopes to add to his impressive Southern Hemisphere tally of 31 Gr1 winners. He commented: "I've put together a syndicate of owners from my brother Mike's stable in Melbourne to buy some staying colts and fillies… We buy a lot of horses in training up here and when I look at them they have mainly all come from yearling sales here at an average price of 50-60,000gns. We have to pay an awful lot more than that to buy them later on, so I thought well, if you can't beat them, join them… We see it as a long-term enterprise; it'll be for three years and by that time we will know if it works. The plan is to leave the horses here until the October of their 3-year-old season, and then we can look at where they are and either sell them on or take them to race in Australia. Nothing is set in stone, but we will run them here first and let them find their mark." His purchases yesterday included the filly by High Chaparral from Twyla, by Sadler's Wells for 150,000 guineas, the colt by Pivotal from US mare Quiet Protest, by Polar Falcon for 100,000 guineas and the colt by Rock Hard Ten from Kris S mare To The Brim for 60,000 guineas.