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  1. Just watched this and really enjoyed it. Shows anyone can still live the dream, you just need a hell of a lot of luck!
  2. In my opinion it was a good article. Let’s face it, if he had been a perfect child the article wouldn’t have been written. The media need a ‘story’ and this is a good one with a sensible message about needing to knuckle down to turn your life around.
  3. This month's Gavelhouse auction is for mares not in foal, but the notes made against the mares indicate they will be selling all - maybe not all through Gavelhouse, ie "This is the 1st of 6 broodmares not in foal that we offer as part of our complete dispersal sale". This notation looks like it means all are being sold. Will be interesting to see. In any event, it is sad to see this happening to our industry.
  4. Interesting to see from my original post detailing the likely cost/benefit ratio for Dan Myers horses at the May weanling sale, that this weeks Gavelhouse on-line auction features a number of Dan's mares for sale, and advises that this will be a complete dispersal of his mares. If a knowledgeable person like Dan can't justify continuing breeding, then what hope is there for the industry?
  5. And it wasn't born with two heads or five legs! I guess using a human comparison it is your grandmother on your paternal side and your great grandmother on your maternal side being the same person. As humans we are (or were?) allowed to marry first cousins - and often did when communities were isolated and insular, maybe this equine cross isn't that close, however, I wouldn't personally breed horses this close. What do others think?
  6. Great, thanks Gubes. I was talking to Peter (Meynell) about this a while ago, and he remembered it well. That would have to be one of the largest dividends ever in NZ I would think. Does anyone know of any which were larger than $348?. At that money, you would think only a couple of people would have backed him!
  7. Gubes, on a related note, you may be able to find this one for me - goes way back to the 1970s. A two year old called Monrana (hope I have the spelling correct!) - by Monitor I think, won at massive odds in the CD, ridden by P Meynell.
  8. Exactly Ethereal, he is a very good judge of horse flesh, and great opportunities if you are buying because, as you say, his broodmare band is pretty good. From a selling point of view, with Dan's lifetime dealing with horses and his knowledge of horse flesh, if he can't even get the service fee back from thirteen of his nineteen lots, what chance is there for any breeders other than those owning group winning mares, or the studs with the stallion?
  9. That is almost certainly correct La Zip. It is also one reason we have more expensive building costs (only two major players), and more expensive food (again, only two major players). There are advantages to living in a beautiful country with a low population, but economies of scale isn't one of them!
  10. You are correct breeder. I understand this is his total breeding crop, so no way is it a "cull" sale. I would think that apart from the two lots which sold well above the service fee, he will however, be considering his options for next year!
  11. That's "Dan", not Dam - God damn it! Dam Myers is a very astute person and a dedicated horseman, so it's good to see him supporting the sale with all his weanlings being sold. He is also one of the few bigger breeders with no stallion, and his broodmare band is of reasonably good quality, so I thought it would be interesting to make up a table of his sales and compare just the service fees of the applicable stallions in 2016:
  12. that's Sunline - not sublime - bloody spell check!
  13. Dam Myers is a very astute person and a dedicated horseman, so it's good to see him supporting the sale with all his weanlings being sold. He is also one of the few bigger breeders with no stallion, and his broodmare band is of reasonably good quality, so I thought it would be interesting to make up a table of his sales and compare just the service fees of the applicable stallions in 2016: Lot number Sale price Sire Service fee 2016 (app) 79 14,000 Por Moi 17,500 89 85,000 Press Statement 16,500 110 2,000 Power 8,000 145 14,000 Sweynesse 6,000 155 3,000 Power 8,000 190 170,000 Written Tycoon 49,500 196 7,000 Reliable Man 17,500 204 1,000 Sacred Falls 30,000 210 2,000 Jimmy Choux 5,000 225 1,000 Dalghar 8,000 230 22,000 Ocean Park 30,000 231 5,000 Showcasing 15,000 239 2,000 Proisir 7,000 279 45,000 Mongolian Khan 10,000 281 10,000 Sacred Falls 30,000 296 8,000 Iffraaj 17,500 304 54,000 So You Think 49,500 316 1,500 Contributer 12,500 332 14,000 Zacinto 10,000 19 lots sold Total= $460,500 Total = $347,500 The question I'm asking is, is the amount of the 113k 'surplus' enough to cover all other expenses and make him want to continue down the line of selling all his stock as weanlings? He did very well with lot 190, ie made more than the 113k on this one lot, - and also with lot 89, but in total thirteen of the lots sold for LESS than their service fee, and only six sold for more than their service fee.
  14. Eulogy, Belle family, Entreaty ( dam of Phar Lap and ancestress of Sublime), maybe the “Heights” family????
  15. Miss Distinction - by Bletchencore, was a one race winner herself, but has left a couple of great stakes winning offspring by less high profile sires, Miss Jessie Jay by Spectacular Phantom, and Gee I Jane by Jahafil. She also produced The Silencer Sir by Istadaad to win nine races, plus a number of other minor winners. She was born in 1991 and had her last foal, a Super Easy colt, in 2014.
  16. Here is a pedigree back to generation five showing no duplications: WOOTTON BASSETT (GB) b. 2008 IFFRAAJ (GB) b. 2001 ZAFONIC (USA) b. 1990 GONE WEST (USA) br. 1984 [IC] MR. PROSPECTOR (USA) b. 1970 [BC] SECRETTAME (USA) ch. 1978 ZAIZAFON (USA)* ch. 1982 THE MINSTREL (CAN) ch. 1974 MOFIDA (GB) ch. 1974 * PASTORALE (GB) ch. 1988 NUREYEV (USA) b. 1977 [C] NORTHERN DANCER (CAN) b. 1961 [BC] SPECIAL (USA) b. 1969 * PARK APPEAL (IRE) dkb/br. 1982 AHONOORA (GB) ch. 1975 BALIDARESS (IRE) gr. 1973 * BALLADONIA (GB) b. 1996 PRIMO DOMINIE (GB) dkb/br. 1982 DOMINION (GB) b. 1972 DERRING-DO (GB) b. 1961 PICTURE PALACE (GB) b. 1961 SWAN ANN (GB) ch. 1971 MY SWANEE (GB) gr. 1963 ANNA BARRY (GB) ch. 1964 SUSQUEHANNA DAYS (USA) b. 1990 CHIEF'S CROWN (USA) b. 1982 [IS] DANZIG (USA) b. 1977 [IC] SIX CROWNS (USA) ch. 1976 * GLIDING BY (USA) b. 1975 TOM ROLFE (USA) b. 1962 [CP] KEY BRIDGE (USA) b. 1959 * DARKOVA (USA) ch. 2008 MARIAS MON (USA) gr. 1993 WAVERING MONARCH (USA) b. 1979 MAJESTIC LIGHT (USA) b. 1973 MAJESTIC PRINCE (USA) ch. 1966 IRRADIATE (USA) gr. 1966 UNCOMMITTED (USA)* b. 1974 BUCKPASSER (USA) b. 1963 [C] LADY BE GOOD (USA) b. 1956 * CARLOTTA MARIA (USA) gr. 1984 CARO (IRE) gr. 1967 [IC] FORTINO (FR) gr. 1959 CHAMBORD (GB) ch. 1955 WATER MALONE (USA) gr. 1974 NASKRA (USA) b. 1967 GRAY MATTER (USA) gr. 1966 DARKARA (IRE) b. 2001 HALLING (USA) ch. 1991 DIESIS (GB) ch. 1980 SHARPEN UP (GB) ch. 1969 [BC] DOUBLY SURE (GB) b. 1971 DANCE MACHINE (GB) b. 1982 GREEN DANCER (USA) br. 1972 NEVER A LADY (IRE) ch. 1974 DARALBAYDA (IRE) b. 1993 DOYOUN (IRE) b. 1985 MILL REEF (USA) b. 1968 [CS] DUMKA (FR) b. 1971 * DARALINSHA (USA) b. 1984 EMPERY (USA) b. 1973 DARAZINA (FR) b. 1979
  17. Interesting pedigree. There are no 'double-ups' of horses right back to the fifth generation, ie 62 horses in total, 31 sires, all different.
  18. Time is the best friend of the majority of horses. Not all of them will be any good, but most would be better at four, five and six than they are at two and three. Costs dictate that most people can't wait like they should.
  19. A nice story to read Swynford. There are a number of these "bargain buys" which come to mind in recent times, ie dams of Tarzino and Gingernuts, and only last weekend, Mazarine (from the eight carat family), the dam of Vinery Stud Stakes winner Hiyaam was purchased (not in foal) from gavelhouse a couple of years ago for 6k. I guess the possibility of having this good fortune keeps a number of people interested in breeding and racing, although of course the odds are stacked against you being one of the lucky few.
  20. A previous post noted he only covered 14 mares last year. Pentire will have to show he is a sire of sire before He's Remarkable can expect to make it as a stallion.
  21. Agree Jess. I wonder if the vendor knew about the possible surgery Louise? As you say..'caveat emptor' (buyer beware), but I guess, as with a vehicle where you can get a mechanical check before you buy, and a house where you have to get a builders report for your mortgage, it is probably a good idea to get a vet to check a horse, although in your case Louise, if it was an internal issue, a vet may not have picked it up anyway.
  22. Thanks for feedback from those that have bought through Gavelhouse. It's Interesting that a number of you are buying without seeing. I guess it is difficult if having a viewing involves a lot of travel, and ok, if photos are extensive and show up conformation well, then that's good, but personally I wouldn't buy a horse (or vehicle for that matter), without seeing it first.
  23. thanks for that Ohoka. I sometimes use it for indigestion, but didn't realize it gave me more stamina. I must tell my wife!
  24. Including the stallion Rios. I guess a number of people have thought about the cost of entry, preparation and transport to the May sale and have decided on the cheaper option. Interesting that Waikato and Windsor Park are selling a number of in foal mares (some with foals at foot) for no reserve, - it's good to see they are meeting the market. It would be interesting to hear some feedback from those who have bought horses through the Gavelhouse auction. How did the process work for you etc?