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Colonial stallion debuts at Premier yearling sale

02:55 PM 15 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Lot 264 - Getarattleon - A half brother to Blue Moon Rising 1:54.9 Lot 264 - Getarattleon Lot 412 - Boy George - The first foal from a half sister to Carabella 1:55.2 ($693,617) Lot 412 - Boy George
Lot 264 - Getarattleon - A half brother to Blue Moon Rising 1:54.9
Lot 264 - Getarattleon
Lot 412 - Boy George - The first foal from a half sister to Carabella 1:55.2 ($693,617)
Lot 412 - Boy George
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It is not often these days with the availability of the top North American harness racing stallions down under that a lightly raced colonial stallion is given a shot at stud. 

Several of the out and out New Zealand bred champions such as Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,426,654), Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,042) and Terror To Love 1:51 ($2,429,618) are being given every chance to prove themselves against their North American counterparts which makes sense as they were outstanding racehorses on the track.

One colonial stallion who is also being given a chance at stud by New Zealand breeders is the very lightly raced son of Christian Cullen in Raging Bull 1:56.6 ($115,586)

Raging Bull only faced the starter ten times in an injury plagued career for five wins and five seconds.

Those five seconds were behind just three horses.

Smolda 1:50.6 ($1,295,334), Ideal Scott 1:52.8 ($757,014) and Christen Me 1:49.1 ($2,325,592) are three of the best horses to have raced in Australasia in the last decade so Raging Bull certainly kept good company on the track.

An $85,000 purchase at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, Raging Bull has a pedigree that screams 'Blue Blood' in spades.

Raging Bull is a son of the champion New Zealand sire Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,249,150) who has sired the winners of over $87,000,000 worldwide while standing in New Zealand which is a fantastic achievement.

The dam of Raging Bull is the imported North American mare San Sophia 1:52.6 ($91,481) who has produced two in 1:53 including Private Joke 1:52.1 ($154,792).

The daughter of Artsplace is a full sister to the champion North American mare Galleria 1:49.1 ($1,814,453) who has already produced Gallie By The Beach 1:49 ($686,165) and Western Gallie 1:51.2 ($334,233) while another full sister to San Sophia in National Gallery has produced Smithsonian 1:48.4 ($508,230) and Lorrie Please 1:50.2 ($558,774).

So while he was lightly raced in New Zealand, he did tick a lot of boxes for breeders looking for value.

Raging Bull served 32 mares in his first season at stud for 29 live foals which are currently yearlings.

Two of his yearling colts have made it into this years New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch and both have plenty to recommend them on both pedigree and type.

Both are being offered by Robert Famularo of Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd and both have mouth watering pedigrees behind them.

Lot 264 is named Getarattleon and is the second foal from the Sands A Flyin mare Lady Moonlight.

The first foal is the Santana Blue Chip two year old colt Blue Moon Rising who won the $31,000 New South Wales Sapling Stakes (Group3) at Menangle recently in 1:54.9 and is two from two in Australia to date.

Lady Moonlight is from the 1:54.4 mare Sirius Flight who is the dam of Malak Uswaad 1:49.4 ($637,242) and Timeless Perfection 1:56.9 while the third dam is the former champion two and three year old filly in Pacific Flight 1:51.2 ($562,345).

It is a stunning pedigree and with Blue Moon Rising going so well, there should be plenty of interest in Getarattleon.

The second of the yearlings to be offered is Lot 412 and the colt is named Boy George.

Boy George is the first foal from Soul Sister, a Presidential Ball half sister to the former champion three year old filly in Carabella 1:55.2 ($693,617)

This is an outstanding North American family with such standouts as Athena Blue Chip 1:50.6 ($457,118) and Art's Chip 1:49.6 ($726,999) close up in Boy George's pedigree.

Both colts are lovely types as well so their reception by buyers at Christchurch will be watched closely by a lot of breeders to see if a lightly raced colonial stallion can still make it in todays highly commercial market.

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