Hallmark Stud, the Te Kauwhata stud owned and operated by Mark Baker and the stud’s founder, Mark’s father Denny, has a compact (12-strong) draft in the Premier Sale at Karaka next month that features the progeny of some exciting stallions.
But one gets the feeling the Bakers are looking forward with at least equal anticipation to the Select Sale, where their own young stallion, Super Easy, will be strongly featured.
Super Easy has one yearling in the Premier Sale but he, Lot 66 out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Shanpanichi, is in the Rich Hill draft. Super Easy has 17 in the Select Sale and eight of these are in Hallmark’s draft.
Super Easy (right) is by Darci Brahma, a son of Danehill who is running hot at the moment and stacking up a clear lead in the domestic premiership, out of the wonderful broodmare Parfore, whose sons Terravista, Tiger Tees and Ball of Muscle are in the top flight of Australian sprinters. Indeed, Terravista was ranked equal top sprinter in the world last year.
On the racetrack Super Easy was by no means put in the shade by his talented brothers. While they burned up the Australian tracks, he was gaining cult status in Singapore, putting together a splendid winning sequence of 13 and twice being named Singapore Horse of the Year.
With that background and decent books of mares when he went to stud at Hallmark, it might seem disappointing that Super Easy didn’t have more youngsters in the Premier Sale.
But Mark Baker is nothing if not realistic. “We started him at an affordable level, $7,500,” he said, “and the downside of that is that while the horse gets his chance in terms of numbers, it’s hard to get into Premier at that level.
“He’s going to have to do the job in Select first, like a lot of stallions before him, and then step up through his progeny’s achievements on the racetrack. We’re confident he can do it.”
Members of Super Easy’s first crop made a very good impression at the Karaka Weanling Sale in May, with 11 changing hands up to $65,000 and an average price just under $18,000 placing him fifth on the sires’ table.
“He has some wonderful youngsters in the Select Sale, both colts and fillies,” Baker continued.
“They’re terrific types and it’s surprising how many are chestnuts, despite being bred bay on bay. That has to be Gold Brose (Parfore’s sire) coming through.
“Two of the colts I really like - both chestnuts - are Lot 778, out of Charming Elle, pictured right, and Lot 817, out of Cycee Nugget. The Charming Elle colt is a ‘beast’ - muscle on muscle, powerful and correct.
“The Cycee Nugget colt is a clone of the Charming Elle, with an action to match. Cycee Nugget is an unraced Volksraad mare from that very good family of Pravda, Cronus, Cariere and Samantha Miss.
“Of the fillies, Lot 590 (Super Easy-Sparkling All Over) is a powerful, precocious filly (below right) and a half-sister to the 1000 Guineas placegetter Dezzies Dream.”
Super Easy may not feature in the Hallmark Premier draft, but some very good stallions do. “We have a very even draft with the physical types to match some outstanding paperwork,” says Baker.
“The Snitzel colt ex My My Maree, Lot 430, looks very precocious and quick – like his half-brother, last season’s champion two-year-old Marky Mark. Lot 62, the Street Cry-Sesenta colt, is by a wonderful sire and he is an outstanding mover, very well balanced. The dam is from a high-class family: Sixty Seconds, Arletty, Legs, He’s Remarkable and last month’s sensational 2000 Guineas winner, Xtravagant.
“We’ve got a terrific So You Think colt, Lot 35 from Rhode Island Red. He’s very powerful, very correct, well-muscled with a deep girth. And Lot 36, the High Chaparral ex Rhythm in Paris, is another lovely colt with a great rein, big deep girth and a beautiful mover.
“Overall we’ve got a great selection of in-demand stallions represented in our Premier draft – and I’ve left off some really nice yearlings!"
Hallmark Stud's complete New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale drafts can be viewed here, while the above story can be viewed as a pdf as it appears in The Informant by clicking here.
Story John Costello, The Informant