Robert and John prepped and ready for three days of sales
It is three of busiest days in the Harness Racing world, kicking off tomorrow at Karaka in Auckland, with the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. Both Robert and John have been putting in the homework ahead of the sales, as they look to emulate some big buys from the 2016 sales, that have already paid dividends.
In terms of 2016, it is fair to say that an aggressive approach from the pair resulted in some top purchases - evident with the success of Alta Maestro (in picture) and The Brooklyn Brawler so far, while others including Henry Hubert and Tuapeka Trick are about to start their race careers after impressing at the trials recently.
In speaking to John during the week, he is mindful of the fact that the pool of owners willing to pay big coin for well bred yearlings is not what it used to be.
"We've been very lucky with some of our big owners over many years, but of course they want a return for their investment if they are going to keep paying out the big money."
"We are definitely interested in attracting new owners. You have to really and hopefully the success that we have had over the past few seasons is proof that we are getting good results."
In preparation for the week, John has been doing the rounds in the south, while Robert has been sorting through the northern yearlings. It is a full on time of year, with plenty of racing in the south at present meaning that John has been juggling responsibilities of inspecting yearlings, training his Woodend arm of the stable as well as doing a good job in the cart. Two group wins on Friday night at Addington were a great reward for a busy week. John missed today's Geraldine meeting so that he had the chance to go over those yearlings on sale tomorrow.
If you have an interest at getting into ownership of a well bred youngster, this could be the time for you to have a crack. Should you have any questions, or you would like Robert and John to act on your behalf tomorrow, or in Christchurch on Tuesday and Wednesday, give them a yell.
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Posted: Sun 19 Feb 2017