Fully Fledged service up for grabs at NZRHOF dinner

23rd Feb 2012

Fully Fledged (NZ) (Align), one of the success stories of the first season sires at this year’s National Yearling Sales, will be part of the action at the NZ Racing Hall Of Fame (NZRHOF) dinner at Ellerslie next Friday.

Fairdale Stud along with the partnership which owns Fully Fledged (NZ) are offering a service to the Group One winner, including free agistment. Proceeds from the auction will go to the NZRHOF.

Fully Fledged (NZ)

“It’s a means of generating some income for the Hall Of Fame and based on how his progeny were received at the sales the service should sell well,” said Fairdale Stud’s Gerald Fell, who is also Chairman of the NZRHOF.  “I’ve never been so confident of a young sire being successful as I am with him. And obviously the buyers at the sales have confidence in him, too.”

Fully Fledged (NZ) had representatives in the Select and Festival Sessions. His Select offerings averaged NZ$47,785, almost 12 times his service fee, and his four Festival lots averaged NZ$28,000 with a top price of NZ$42,000.

Hawtin Racing paid NZ$75,000 for a colt by Fully Fledged from Cape Merlot (NZ) (Cape Cross) in the Select Session and the same price was paid by John Chalmers Bloodstock for a Fully Fledged x Extravaganza (NZ) (Elusive City) colt.

Fell wasn’t surprised at all by how well the Fully Fledged (NZ) yearlings sold. “They’re lovely types and are typical of him. And he loved to run,” said Fell. “Runners make sires and he was a natural.”

It is most appropriate for Fully Fledged (NZ) to feature on the eve of the opening of the Auckland Cup Carnival as it was at this meeting four years ago that he won his biggest race, the Group One Diamond Stakes. He was also a stakes winner as a three-year-old, in the Listed James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa.

Other entertainment is also planned next Friday night when the latest 10 inductees into the NZ Racing Hall Of Fame will be revealed.  “It promises to be a spectacular event and we’ve people from all over New Zealand coming,” said Fell.

For the first time people were given a “teaser” to the big event when a special inductee, Bart Cummings, was announced at the beginning of the NZ Bloodstock sales at Karaka.

For more information on the NZ Racing Hall of Fame or to purchase tickets to this event please click here.

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