New blood for NZ Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale

NZ Bloodstock welcomes 12 new vendors to the Ready to Run Sale that starts on Tuesday.

Of the dozen newcomers, Diamond Lodge has the largest draft with 12 lots.  Based just outside Cambridge, principal Jeremy Whale hopes this year’s debut draft will be the first of many for him at the Ready to Run Sale.

“Our business originally started with offering breaking services for young racehorses and we decided that sales preparation was the next step for the business.

“We’ve got a good range of horses in our draft which will appeal to all markets but it’s great to have some top end horses in there as well.  It could be a tough this year as there are a lot of horses coming to the sale but I think our draft holds a lot of appeal and hopefully they will sell well.

Included in the Diamond Lodge draft is a Flying Spur colt out of the two-year-old stakes winning O’Reilly mare Mary Lavelle (Lot 411).  

The newly established Bradbury Park in Matamata will be offering 9 horses on behalf of Casey Dando, the former yearling manager for Blandford Lodge.  His draft includes the colt by Ustinov colt out of Lady Zara (Lot 371).  The dam is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Winning Wave (Crested Wave).

Pukekohe-based Anna Scott Racing Stables is preparing 8 lots and Andrew Burton’s Cambridge-based Crusader Lodge has 5 entries in the sale including the Seasoned Star colt from Enzed (Anziyan).  It’s the family as Group 1 winning Ready to Run graduate Vonusti (Ustinov).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela is pleased to see so many new people involved in the Sale.  “It demonstrates that the sale is growing in profile and stature and that it is regarded as a genuine opportunity to sell their horses and be part of the sale’s success.

“It’s also great to see these younger vendors who have prepped their own two-year-olds for the sale.  The health of any industry depends on new blood coming through to fill the ranks and this is especially true in the thoroughbred industry.”