An Ultra ‘Alta’ Opportunity

Friday, April 26, 2019

Seven Alta Breeding weanlings that would have gone directly to the National Yearling Sales are to be offered at New Zealand Bloodstock’s All Aged Sale at Karaka on 6 May.


Lot 116, a colt by Sunshine Beach.

Gentleman breeder Tony Dickinson and his wife Val are reluctantly offering their entire foal crop for sale through Alabar Stud’s weanling draft. Deteriorating health for Tony has forced some major changes in lifestyle including shifting from their property at Waiau Pa.


Alta Breeding has been on a winning formula both in the sale ring and on the race track in recent years. While some breeders are pulling back, Tony openly says he wishes he had arrived at this point years ago. He is referencing a decision he came to that he needed to up his game and be more selective around offering quality, rather than trying to beat the odds with inferior stock.


Alabar’s general manager in New Zealand, Graeme Henley, has already labelled one of the Alta weanlings (Lot 179) as one of the standouts amongst their draft. On the basis of black-type winners to foals, this Art Major colt has an incredible pedigree page and is a full brother to Alta Maestro (p.2, 1.53.3) and half-brother to Alta Jerome (1.50.6f, USA).


Like all the weanlings on offer at Karaka, the five Alta colts and two fillies can all be made eligible by their purchasers for the Harness Million Series, or can be pinhooked with NZB’s approved finance with the aim of reselling at the 2020 National Yearling Sale next February.


Pictured is Lot 116, a colt by Sunshine Beach from the proven mare La Joconde. She is the dam of Alta Orlando, winner of 11 in New Zealand, and Alta Shelby, winner of five in New Zealand and now 1.50.6 in America.


View the All Aged Sale in Auckland online here and Christchurch online here