Day At The Track

Studholme Park rewarded at Premier Sale

05:55 PM 29 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Brian West - Established and runs Studholme Bloodstock Lot 294 -  Thank You - Made $50,000 at the Premier Sale Lot 334 - Paramount King - Made a $110,000 at the Premier sale
Brian West - Established and runs Studholme Bloodstock
Lot 294 - Thank You - Made $50,000 at the Premier Sale
Lot 334 - Paramount King - Made a $110,000 at the Premier sale

As a breeder, for you are to have consistently good results at the yearling sales each year, then you really need a good crystal ball on top of everything else.

When the vendors were planning what mare to breed to what stallion to produce the yearlings they sold at the sales this year, they had to make a judgement call on which stallions they thought would be in demand two and a half years down the track and which wouldn't be in such demand.

It is an incredibly hard thing to get right and the margin for error is huge.

It was with some satisfaction then that Studholme Park and Brian West produced the only two yearlings by Love You at the yearling sales this year.

The stock of Love You are the hottest item in town on the trotting stallion front and Studholme Park was duly rewarded for its foresight with both yearlings selling for big money.

First up was Lot 294, a Love You colt from a race winning half sister to the dam of I Can Doosit 1:55.5 ($1,455,774) named Thank You.

Appropriately, Thank You was knocked down to two of the biggest supporters of Love You in New Zealand in Greg and Nina Hope who outlaid $50,000 for the good looking chestnut colt.

Greg and Nina have had a lot of success with the stock of Love You from Monbet to the The Earth Moved and it was no surprise to see them have a nibble at the second Love You colt from the Studholme Park draft.

Catalogued as Lot 334, the striking chestnut colt is named Paramount King and is a half brother to the outstanding age group trotter in Paramount Geegee 1:57.3 ($561,342) and a full brother to the Harness Jewels winner in Paramount Queen 1:59.7 ($122,612) while another half sister in Paramount Dream (8 wins) is heading for open class in the north.

The bidding was fierce from the moment Paramount King walked into the ring and never let up until suddenly $110,000 became the ceiling for the buyers chasing him.

Prominent Invercargill owner Ben Calder signed for the colt but he had already started the process of putting together a syndicate to race the colt before the auction.

So Studholme Park grossed $160,000 for their two Love You colts which just goes to show how important that stallion choice is two and a half years out from the yearling sales.

Harnesslink Media

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