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Hot Shoe Shuffle: dam and grand-dam extraordinaire

08:46 AM 15 Feb 2017 NZDT
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The sales ring at Karaka

The former North Island Breeders Stakes winner, Hot Shoe Shuffle, has made her mark as a grand mother in Australia this month. Now expect her to shine as a Mum in Auckland next week.

Her fourth foal, the 2009 Art Major mare, Glenferrie Shuffle, produced the top filly at the APG Melbourne Yearling Sale in Victoria earlier this month.

The daughter of Bettor’s Delight fetched $85,000 for both Lauriston Bloodstock and the Spunky Syndicate. The buyer was Allied Express.

And then if that wasn't enough Hot Shoe Shuffle's second foal, the 2007 Christian Cullen mare, Hotinthecitytonite fetched the second highest price for a filly at the Sale.

The daughter of Bettor's Delight sold for $75,000. The seller was Nixon Bloodstock and she was bought by Peter and Yvonne Males.

Hot Shoe Shuffle's breeder is the Hot Shoe Shuffle Syndicate. Manager Sandy Yarndley was delighted with the prices.

"I'm just so happy for the owners. I really enjoy seeing my progeny do well no matter who buys the foals. It's good to see the old mare is making a name for herself on both sides of the Tasman," the Te Awamutu-based breeder said.

Hot Shoe Shuffle won 14 races and almost $300,000 between February 2001 and January 2005. She was trained by Mike Berger at Cambridge.

"We sold Glenferrie Shuffle as a yearling for $65,000 and she went on to win 13 races and just on $280,000 in Australia. She went a 1:57 mile and won a Group One (the $300,000 Breeders 2yo Crown).

"Hotinthecitytonite won two races here and then we sold her to Australia as a 5-year-old. She was sold as a broodmare and never raced in Australia. We are very proud of them both," Yarndley said.

She might be a grand-dam but Hot Shoe Shuffle’s breeding days are far from over.

Glenferrie Shuffle and Hotinthecitytonite’s little half-sister – Hot Rhythm will be up for grabs at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka next Monday (February 20), and Yarndley is hopeful that she too will fetch a nice price.

“Yearlings of Hot Shoe Shuffle have sold well at the Sales over the years. She was a very good racehorse race-horse and equally lovely broodmare.

“Her first foal, a Christian Cullen colt named Joshua Mac was the Sales topper in 2008. We got $200,000 for him and then in 2010 her Christian Cullen colt (Jivin Cullen) fetched $60,000.

“We are hopeful that Hot Rhythm will also do well,” Yarndley said.

Hot Rhythm (Lot 147) is one of six foals that Yarndley has a share in which is being presented by Breckon Farms at the annual yearling sale. Breckon Farms will have 34 up for grabs on Monday.

Yarndley sold Yarndley Farms to Breckon Bloodstock on August 1, 2009. He stayed on part-time and also breeds from some of his own mares.

“My son Scott is farm manager and I still keep my hand in but I retired to spend more time with my family, especially my grandchildren.

Ken and Karen (Breckon) are doing a great job. They are friends and now several years later I have no regrets about stepping aside,” he said.

As well as Lot 147 (Hot Rhythm) Yarndley will also have Lots 22, 62, 66, 71, and 83 up for sale at Karaka.

Seventy one-year-old Yarndley, a pioneer in New Zealand standardbred breeding, has been breeding and selling yearlings at the sales since the 1970s.

He has been a key player in developing and advancing the New Zealand standardbred breed and vividly remembers the days when just $8,000 fetched the sales topper.

Duane Ranger

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