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NZTBA welcomes visitors to Karaka 2007

New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association president Peter Francis says, "We warmly welcome all local and international visitors to the 2007 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series and look forward to hosting buyers, vendors, NZTBA members and media at Karaka."

NZTBA president Peter Francis (left) &
chief executive Michael Martin

The NZTBA hospitality marquee, located between the indoor parade ring and Stable Block C, will be open from Sunday 28 January until the end of the Festival Sale on 4 February. The Association's chief executive Michael Martin, administration manager Sally Cassels-Brown and membership manager Janine Wallace will be based at Karaka during that time.

Michael, who has attended several yearling parades during the last month, says, "I congratulate breeders and vendors on the outstanding quality and presentation of their yearlings, especially in a season of inconsistent weather. The horses I've seen look tremendous and are a credit to the horsemanship and management of everyone who has worked with them from birth until now."

"We wish profitable sales for vendors, and racetrack success for buyers, and are confident that the 2007 sales will uphold New Zealand's reputation as a great source of high-class performers here, and around the world.

"It's especially encouraging to see five New Zealand-based sires, all with yearlings at the sales, currently in the top 30 sires in Australia. It's also exciting to see a strong line-up of freshman sires represented at the sales, bringing all the world's leading sire-lines and high-class international raceform to the Karaka sale-ring.

"The sales are a vital part of the New Zealand thoroughbred economy and in the wake of last year's taxation changes, and increased domestic prizemoney, we look forward to significant improvements in vendor profitability at all three sales, and the Carnival Sale in March."

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's links with the New Zealand National Yearling Sales extend beyond its own history, back to the first sale in 1927 and the remarkable man who led its establishment, Charles Robertson. Mr Robertson later became a founding councillor of the NZTBA.


- Susan Archer