Canterbury Industry Forum - Tuesday 13th October 2015
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Match Bee's Mare and Win
July 9, 2014
Here’s a competition to test your skills in matching sires and mares.
Bee Pears would like your input into the next match with hermare The Blue Lotus, after she foals in October.
This is your opportunity to win a 5% share in the resulting foal – and no further contributions!
It’s also a way to have a bit of fun and get those little grey cells exercised.
The Blue Lotus is a Grinfromeartoear mare from my top mare Zenterfold (In The Pocket dam of Tintin In America, Destination Moon etc). Some more photos of her at the bottom of this blog, as well as one of her first foal.
She is probably 15.2hh, athletic build and has been heart scored at 120. She was 3rd in the 3yo Sires Stakes Fillies Final and has a best time of 1.56.6. She was retired with 2 wins and 5 places after only 15 starts due to a tendon tear.
The Blue Lotus’ first foal was a Bettor’s Delight filly, which sold for $26,000 at the yearling sales this year. (So if you do the maths, you can see that a 5% share in that foal would have resulted in a $1000-plus prize.) The Bettor’s Delight x Grinfromeartoear cross is the same as the good North American pacer Vegas Vacation, but probably the main driver for selecting Bettor’s Delight for The Blue Lotus was commercial, plus adding speed to a stamina type mare, and the fact that the syndicate members who made the choice both had good experiences with Bettor’s Delight progeny.
The Blue Lotus is currently in foal to Shadow Play, and I have blogged about why I made that choice and see the match as a good one. I would look closely at returning her to Shadow Play, if his performance as a sire of racehorses develops.
But I am definitely open to other ideas and would appreciate some thoughtful comments that may help me decide. Among other sires I have had a quick glance at are:
Jereme’s Jet (lovely cross but no longer available)
Well Said and others from the Western Hanover line. I am not sure about the double up of Artsplace that many of these bring)
Some of the locally bred sires.
But I am truly undecided and open to your suggestions – given that the sire you propose must be
available this coming season in New Zealand
be rated commercially or, if a new sire, the offspring be likely to rate commercially at yearling sales
I’m looking for thoughtful, well explained suggestions based on pedigree, type, statistics, or any other factor or mix of factors you want, so long as you explain your recommendation. No mysterious theories that you can’t share, please. It is the reasons you give for your choice rather than the sire you choose that I am most interested in. So don’t feel constrained by the ones I have mentioned above.
My overall goal is to breed the best racehorses I can. My aim would be to sell the resulting foal profitably at the sales.
You can contact me if you wish to ask any questions about the mare or her family that may help you, but you can also search this information on my blogsite, as I have posted up quite a bit about Zenterfold, The Blue Lotus and others in the family like Tintin In America over the years.
Keep your suggestions to less than 400 words per sire and of course you can include a Pedigree Partner/Tesio chart if you want.
One sire per entry, but you can put in more than one entry.
Get your ideas to Bee by end of July 2014.
How? By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your full name, location and email contact.