In the past six seasons New Zealand sourced fillies have triumphed in 36% of all Australian G1 filly races.They have reigned supreme in the last five editions of the G1 ATC Australian Oaks with Unforgotten, Bonneval, Sofia Rosa, Gust Of Wind and Rising Romance displaying their immense staying power.
The Ready to Run Sale features 65 two-year-old fillies with the potential to play a large roll in results and future breeding.
Several of Waikato Stud’s stallion roster feature as the sires of well-bred fillies.The nursery’s champion sire Savabeel has sired many G1-winning fillies including Queensland Oaks winner Scarlett Lady, NZ Oaks winners Savvy Coup and Savaria and NZ One Thousand Guineas winner Hasahalo.
He will be represented by several fillies with prominent classic pedigrees including Diamond Lodge’s Lot 69 who is out of a winning Iffraaj mare and half-sister to G1 NZ Derby winner Helene Vitality and Mapperley Stud’s Lot 393 out of a half-sister to G1 NZ Two Thousand Guineas winner and Ready to Run graduate Magic Cape.Waikato Stud freshman Sacred Falls was the leading first season sire by aggregate at Karaka 2018 and will offer his first crop of two-year-olds in November including fillies from the families of G1 classic winners.
Riverrock Farm have consigned Lot 128 who is out of a half-sister to G1 Australasian Oaks winner Yelgun Dawn.Diamond Lodge will offer Lot 233 who is a direct descendant of G1-winning champion 2YO and 3YO Filly Phillipa Rush and Ardsley Stud have a three-quarter sister to dual G1 winner Maco’reilly whose second dam is Joint NZ Filly of the Year Plume.
The stud’s young sire Ocean Park, who has sired Oaks, Derby and Guineas placegetters, will be represented by Phoenix Park’s filly at Lot 190. She is a half-sister to two Group winners including G2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Antonio Lombardo.Their late sire Pins has left Oaks and Guineas-winning fillies in Katie Lee and Legs and in November he will be represented by Cambridge Blue Agistment’s filly at Lot 81.
She is from the same family as Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Hong Kong Derby winner Viva Pataca.Adding some international flavour with stakes performers in both hemispheres, Westbury Stud shuttle sire Reliable Man will be represented by four fillies in November including Westbury Stud’s Lot 402 who is from the family of VRC Oaks winner Richfield Lady and G1 winner Captain Moonlight who also placed in the NZ Derby.
International sires Iffraaj and Makfi will also have fillies at the sale.Ainsley Downs have consigned the last horse to go through the ring (Lot 445) with an Iffraaj filly from the same family as South Australian Derby winner Kushadasi.
Kilgravin Lodge will offer Lot 216, a filly by Makfi, who is out of a half-sister to NZ Oaks winner and NZ One Thousand Guineas runner up Keep the Peace.Haunui Farm’s shuttle sire Iffraaj has sired several G1 classic winners including Ready to Run graduates Turn Me Loose and Gingernuts while Makfi, who now stands in Japan, has produced Oaks winners Bonneval and Sofia Rosa.
Bonneval has been crowned New Zealand’s Horse of the Year for the last two years and was the first filly since 1990 to win the NZ Oaks-Australian Oaks double.Sofia Rosa made her first Australian appearance with a victory in the Australian Oaks off the back of a second placing in the NZ Oaks.