Almanzor leads the way at Karaka again

Almanzor leads the way at Karaka again13 May 2021

Almanzor was again a dominant force at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling Sale at Karaka with the Cambridge Stud resident’s youngsters keenly pursued by the buying bench.

The multiple Group 1-winning son of Wootton Bassett produced the top offering at the auction when Lot 78 was bought by Hallmark Stud for $145,000 out of Haunui Farm’s consignment. The colt’s dam Girl of My Dreams was a dual Group 3 winner and placed at the highest level.

“Almanzor has been very good to us. We sold one for $560,000 on behalf of the Pikes, and a filly we bred for $300,000,” Hallmark’s Mark Baker said.

“They are wonderful types and I have worked with enough of them now and they have got brilliant temperaments, they are going to be a huge chance.”

Almanzor was the leading stallion at Karaka with seven lots sold for $409,500 at an average of $58,500.

A pair of his colts were the headline acts in the Cambridge Stud draft with Lot 28 selling to Taranaki identity John Corcoran for $42,000 and Lot 27 going to Western Australia’s Belhus Stables for $30,000.

Lot 28 is out of the Fastnet Rock mare Sure Enough and the international family of the G1 Belmont Futurity Stakes winner Whywhywhy while the pedigree of Lot 27 features the presence of the multiple Group 1 winner Typhoon Tracy.