News In Brief
Million race on Hasahalo’s radar
Stephen McKee is eyeing the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) with his Riccarton heroine Hasahalo.
The Ardmore trainer celebrated Group One success with the Savabeel filly last Saturday when she came from the back of the field to win the New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
“I was confident she was going well enough and she got a good track to show what she can do,” McKee said. “Very few horses have the acceleration she has.
“She’ll have a race somewhere over Christmas and then work toward the Karaka Mile.”
RTR Sale commences tomorrow
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of two-year-olds has proved to be the most successful sale of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with graduates amassing 110 stakes wins over the past five seasons.
The first lot of the 2017 sale will go under the hammer at Karaka at 11am on Wednesday with selling to commence at the same time the following day.
The Ready to Run Sale has been the source of 12 individual Group One winners, who have collectively won 19 Group One features over the past five seasons – New Zealand Bloodstock’s closest competitor had only one.
Top graduates include three-time Group One winners Gingernuts, Turn Me Loose, Sangster and Mongolian Khan.
Pentire 2YOs sure to attract added interest
The late Pentire will be represented by two sons and a daughter at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale.
They will all be offered on Wednesday with the first of them, Lot 88, a colt out of the Zabeel mare Devant from Diamond Lodge’s draft.
Belmont Farm will present Lot 97, a filly from Downloaded, who is a half-sister to the Group Three winner Thriller.
Pentire, who died on Monday at the age of 25, was Rich Hill Stud’s foundation stallion and sired 16 individual Group One winners from 1200 to 3200m.
Promising 3YO gelded
One of the country’s better-performed non-winners has undergone surgery since he last raced.
“Ohceedee’s been gelded and hopefully he can get out of maidens quickly and he looks the type that can put a few together,” trainer Steven Cole said.
“We’ll be looking toward the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) in January for him.”
Ohceedee finished third in the Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) last season and this term he has placed twice more and came from the back of the field to run a close sixth in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m).