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Southern Sires to the Fore in South Island Sale
New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 South Island Sale will feature the progeny of a wide range of both proven and up-and-coming stallions, with a particular focus on those based in the South Island. The 104 Lots in the Sale catalogue are the progeny of 41 different stallions. They include 53 horses by eight prominent South Island-based stallions. Leading the way is Berkley Stud’s Highly Recommended, the sire of 19 yearlings in this year’s catalogue. His oldest progeny are two-year-olds and have already made a good impression, featuring the winner and Listed-placed Waldorf (NZ) along with the Gr2-placed Joyfilly (NZ). Inglewood Stud stallion Zacinto, who has been the South Island breeding scene’s headline act this season through the feats of his 2000 Guineas-winning son Ugo Foscolo (NZ), is next with 11 yearlings set to go through the Sale ring. Zacinto topped the sires’ list by average (three or more sold) last year, his five lots selling for a total of $118,000 and an average price of $23,600. The White Robe Lodge pair of Gallant Guru and Raise The Flag are also set to play a prominent role. Gallant Guru will be represented by six lots at this year’s Sale, while Raise The Flag will have eight. White Robe Lodge ended last year’s Sale as the leading vendors, and their 16-strong draft at this year’s Sale features 12 progeny of those two resident sires. The other South Island stallions represented in the catalogue are Coats Choice (3 Lots), D’Cash (1), Minstrel Court (two) and Saperavi (three). The South Island Sale catalogue also features the progeny of proven performers such as Darci Brahma, Iffraaj, Keeper, Pentire, Pins, Rip Van Winkle, Showcasing and Tavistock. The South Island Sale will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April 2017, commences from Lot 1 at 11am. Click here to view the online catalogue.