One of the more intriguing aspects of the 2014 round of New Zealand Yearling Sales is the return (in numbers) of the progeny of Real Desire.
As the winner of over $3.3 million in a stellar race career, Real Desire attracted huge interest from breeders when he first stood in New Zealand in 2007.
The resulting crop of foals made an immediate impact and included three Group 1 winning two-year-olds – Cowgirls N Indians (NZ Jewels and Aust Breeders Crown, NZ 2yo Filly of the Year), Lets Elope (NZ Sires Stakes Open Final) and Secret Desire (Vicbred 2yo Fillies Final).
While the brilliant Cowgirls N Indians tragically broke down, Lets Elope has gone on to win $280,000 and numerous other highly talented individuals have also emerged from this debut crop – including the likes of Regal Knight (1:53.2, 2nd NSW Derby), Awesome Belmer (12 wins, $100,175), Desirable Guy (14 wins, $95,623), All I Want (14 wins, $87,406), Freespin (1:53, $82,627), Reuben Brogden (12 wins, $90,134), Canardly Lover (8 wins, $86,492), Realmein (8 wins $88,030), All Star Man (6 wins, $69,272) and Spirit And Desire (9 wins, $66,341).
All told, Real Desire’s first crop in New Zealand and Australia has produced a tremendous 110 individual winners including 57 in 2:00.
Due to poor health, Real Desire did not return to stud in New Zealand for the 2008 season. This break in continuity has put him on the back foot with his stud career downunder.
While he did return to New Zealand in 2009 and 2010, Real Desire’s absence for a season reduced his profile and he struggled for numbers.
It all changed, however, in 2011 off the back of the wonderful racetrack success of his first crop of two-year-olds.
The numbers and - most importantly - the quality returned. Only Bettor’s Delight served more mares than Real Desire did in the 2011/12.
The Real Desire yearlings selling in 2014 are the foals of this bumper crop.
All told, Real Desire has 20 colts and 12 fillies selling in New Zealand in 2014 – and the quality is very much there.
Cowgirls N Indians is out of an In The Pocket mare. There are seven yearlings in the sales bred on this same cross including a half-brother to Tintin In America and a colt from a full-sister to Christian Cullen.
Lets Elope and All Star Man are out of Soky’s Atom mares. There are three yearlings in the sales bred on this same cross including a half-brother to Lancome.
Other compelling Real Desire lots include a three-quarter brother in blood to Lets Elope and two colts from Christian Cullen mares – one mare a half sister to Venus Serena, the other a half to New Age Man.
Astute yearling buyers will remember the success of Real Desire’s last significant crop and be on the lookout for the next Cowgirls N Indians or Lets Elope at Karaka and Christchurch this year.