Mapperley Stud principal Simms Davison is counting down the days to the start of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale next week.
The final touches are being put on his 34 strong draft, which are spread evenly over Book 1 and Book 2.
After plenty of success on the track for their resident sire Contributer, there is no surprise to see their Book 1 draft is filled with the offspring of the exciting young sire.
“Contributer’s results on the track over the last 12 months have been huge for the stallion, being crowned champion second season sire was a great achievement” Davison said.
“Having a marquee horse like Lion’s Roar winning the Randwick Guineas (Gr.1, 1600m) really put him on the map. He joins an elite list of stallions to produce an Australian Group One winner in their first crop.”
The dual Group One winning son of High Chaparral was strongly supported by breeders last year, covering a full book of mares.
With an established sire in their stallion roster, Mapperley Stud heads up to Karaka this year with added confidence.
“We have a lovely draft of yearlings this year and I’m looking forward to getting up there and presenting them to the market,” Davison said.
“We have 11 yearlings by our sire Contributer which is exciting. Going up there with a nice group of yearlings by a hot sire certainly gives you that little bit more confidence going into the sale.”
Mapperley Stud is proud to present a diverse draft this year with 14 different sires represented across Book 1 and 2.
“We still have some really nice flavour to our draft with a range of sires, I think we have some nice horses for all levels of the market,” Davison said.
“Complacent has a nice group of horses in our draft, he’s been getting some good winners and the Aussies have always liked them.”
Mapperley boasts a rich history of producing elite racehorses off their Matamata property. The farm has produced 18 individual Group One winners, including So You Think, Dundeel and Brutal.