"We keep our fillies here [New Zealand] for a while and get them educated. Then they'll go to Australia to race," commented Dean Hawthorne who secured two top-class fillies by Savabeel and Tavistock.
"I thought nobody else is going to buy this horse - I am going to make sure I get this horse," commented Stuart Hale on his purchase of Lot 423 (Savabeel x Sparkling) from the draft of Waikato Stud.
"He's pretty typical of the breed. We've seen quite a few nice one's around on the grounds," commented Guy Mulcaster on his Mongolian Khan purchase in partnerhsip with Chris Waller Racing.
"They've sold for up to $200,000 and last night he had an average of $110,000, so off a $10,000 service fee he's fantastic," said Windsor Park Stud's Rodney Schick about their resident sire's first crop of yearlings.
"We've got a couple more bullets to fire, so hopefully enough to get the ones we like." We caught up with Trent Busuttin from Busuttin Racing to hear about his purchases so far at Karaka and what might be to come.
"We've bought some nice horses over the years, some Group One winners and that. For the short time that we have been doing it, we've had quite a bit of success," commented trainer Peter Williams of his partnership with Barneswood Farm.
All four Dennis brothers were onsite at Karaka today ahead of their yearlings going under the hammer in Phoenix Park’s draft. We were delighted to speak with Tony, Ray, Jo and Martin (Dennis Racing/Ravelston Stud) about the history behind the famous ‘The’ family, and catch up with Janine Dunlop about their friendship.