Ramage recruiting at Karaka

FBAA members bought 10 yearlings worth $1.82 million on behalf of clients during the NZB Premier Sale at Karaka.

DGR Thoroughbred Services led the way with a $400,000 Tavistock – Zarzino colt from Cambridge Stud.  He’s a brother to G1 Victoria Derby winner Tarzino who is due to resume in the G1 Orr Stakes at Caulfield on February 13.

"This colt is a lovely, big horse and an absolute cracker,” breeder Graham Meredith said.  “I spoke with Sir Patrick Hogan after Tarzino started showing so much promise and we sent him to Cambridge to get ready for the Premier Sale."

DGR owner Duncan Ramage also paid $160,000 for a Smart Missile colt out of G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes winner Gold Water (Choisir) and $150,000 for a Savabeel colt from a half-sister to Annie Higgins.

Ramage has a NZB Premier pedigree highlighted by Cox Plate champion So You Think (High Chaparral) who was a $110,000 buy at Karaka in 2008.

DGR graduates doubled up for James Cummings and Think Big Stud on the weekend.   Yattarna (Exceed And Excel) won her maiden at Canterbury on Friday evening and Cisco Kid (High Chaparral) followed up with a front-running victory when stepping up to 2200m at Newcastle on Saturday.

FBAA Perth-based agent John Chalmers bought two Savabeel fillies from Waikato Stud for $170,000 each on Tuesday.

The filly from Lucida (O’Reilly) is a sister to Placement who won five races in Melbourne for Danny O’Brien and she was also Group 1 placed in the 2010 VRC Oaks.  The filly out of Needled (Pins) is a half-sister to Kiwi stakes winner Tomorrowland (Fast 'n' Famous).

Chalmers has been crossing the Tasman since the days when New Zealand’s yearling sales were conducted by Wrightson Bloodstock.   He bought Mirror Magic (Lord Ballina) in 1989 and she went to win the 1991 WA Derby and 1992 Perth Cup.

Laurel Oak Bloodstock’s Louis Mihalyka weighed in with $210,000 for a Reliable Man - Glory Run colt and $120,000 for an Ocean Park colt out of G1 Queensland Oaks runner-up Eliza Blues (O’Reilly).

Another active FBAA member at Karaka was Sheamus Mills with winning bids of $140,000 for the Savabeel – Lightning Spur filly from Waikato Stud and $100,000 to secure the Lope de Vega – Lilakyn filly.

The Savabeel filly is a full-sister to Listed MVRC Alexander Stakes winner You're So Good who was an $80,000 buy for Mills and Brad Spicer at the 2011 Karaka Sale.