Smart Missile colt highlight for Cambridge couple

Racing Desk
23 November 2017

Cambridge couple Mark and Shelley Treweek’s reputation for excellence in the Karaka sale-ring has shone through once again as they took out the leading vendor by average title at this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run sale of two-year-olds.

Operating under their Lyndhurst Farm banner the couple produced eleven individuals across the two days of the sale, selling nine at an average of nearly $234,000.

LOT 80 Photo: Trish Dunell Photography

Day one was where their main arsenal was available with five lots offered and sold at an aggregate of $1.43 million. Leading that selection was Lot 80, a Smart Missile gelding that was knocked down to the $350,000 bid of bloodstock agent George Moore, the son of Hong Kong trainer John Moore who prepares champion New Zealand-bred galloper Werther.

“It’s funny how things can change as we bought this horse to the yearling sale in January and couldn’t get a bid on him,” Mark Treweek said.

“He’s strengthened up over the past few months and the Smart Missile’s have been performing well of late, especially in Hong Kong which is where he is going.”

Moore had benchmarked the gelding at a slightly lower level in his initial sale budget, however knew the interest in the horse could mean he would need to adjust that figure.

“There was plenty of interest in him, so I did expect my initial assessment might need to go a little higher to get him,” he said.

“Dad has a quality Smart Missile in the stable named Rocketeer who we think could be a Hong Kong Derby candidate so when this horse breezed up so well he was definitely on our radar.”

The Treweek’s renown pin-hooking ability was to the fore with their subsequent pair of colts both purchased out of Australia for resale at Karaka. Lot 98, a colt by Hinchinbrook was a $155,000 purchase from Adelaide that went for $300,000 while Lot 99, a colt by Exceed And Excel was sourced for $160,000 from the Sydney Easter Sale and sold for $280,000.

“We were keen on the Exceed And Excel colt having prepared and sold another in Mr Stunning at this same sale back in 2014,” Treweek said.

“He is the dominant sprinter in Hong Kong now and this colt did remind me a lot of him as a young horse.”

Treweek was more than satisfied with their second day results having sold a further four horses with Lot 276, a Snitzel colt, fetching $300,000 from the bid of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

“Overall, we have had a very strong sale and we are delighted with our results,” he said.

“This sale has gone from strength to strength in recent years and this year has been very strong.

“The first day we had horses on site we had parades for people like the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Henry Plumptre, so we knew if international buyers of their stature were on site that the signs were good for a strong sale.

“Each day got progressively busier and you could see just how strong the competition was for the good types on each day. I would think there will be some very happy vendors and buyers alike.”

The Lyndhurst team will now turn their attention to their Yearling Sale draft as preparations for the week long NZB National Sale in late January ramp up.

“We’ve got a draft of 13 to sell at the yearling sale so that’s where our attention will now be focussed,” he said.

“I would like to think the success people have had here over the last two days will augur well for the yearling sale as they need to find more horses to come back with in 2018.” - NZ Racing Desk  

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