With the yearling sales just ten days away now, all the vendors at this years sales have long ago finalized all their advertising and promotion of their stock.
The photos and videos are up and all the vendors can hope for is that the prospective buyers are as taken with their yearlings as they are.
One way that the odd vendor can get a lift in the last ten days or so before a sale is if close relatives to their offerings make a bit of a splash on the racing scene.
Last weekend the very successful broodmare Juverna had stock winning races all over Australasia which can only bode well for the sale prospects of her Majestic Son filly on the first day of this years New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch.
Selling as Lot 250, The Best Moment Yet had three siblings salute the judge on both sides of the Tasman in the space of 24 hours.
First up was Quite A Moment who was ultra impressive winning a $20,000 trot at Melton where she easily accounted for the very smart Maori Time and One Over Da Moon.
The daughter of Quite Easy simply bolted in and it was a run that really impressed driver Ricky May.
” She won that so easily the other night I think she would be more than competitive against the best trotters going around and I think Greg is considering that option,” Ricky told Harnesslink earlier in the week.
It was her 14th career victory and took her earnings over the $258,000 mark.
Two hours later at Albion Park, Duke Of The Moment kept the momentum going when he took out the trotters handicap.
The son of Monarchy was recording his 18th career victory which took his lifetime earnings to just shy of $158,000.
Come Sunday in New Zealand and the icing on the cake for Juverna was the performance of her Love You daughter Moment Of Love, who brained them by eight and a half lengths at the Wairarapa meeting at the Manawatu Raceway.
Grant Beckett, the vendor of The Best Moment Yet at this years sales is still shaking his head over the three progeny winning last weekend.
” With the sales just around the corner, to have three winners from the mare in just one weekend was a huge thrill.
” The best advertising you can ever get is the progeny winning races and to have three do it together is a great achievement.”
” I already thought that The Best Moment Yet would sell well because I think she is best yearling on type that Juverna has produced so the three winners is really a bonus,” Grant told Harnesslink earlier today.
Grant has a second yearling from the family that he is selling on the second day of the New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch as Lot 432
A daughter of Lucky Chucky 1:50.8 ($2,099,973) who sired a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner from his first crop, the filly is named Luck Of The Moment and is from a Sundon daughter of Juverna.
” She has just been a bit behind the other filly all the way through but has closed the gap just lately and has a lot of the family traits of Juverna so I have a bit of time for her,” was Grant’s opinion of her when talking to us today.
Juverna has since produced a colt by Peak but it has already been sold.
” Tim Butt was very keen to buy him so he has changed hands already and I put her back in foal to Peak.”
“Sunny Moment didn’t have a foal this year but she is safely in foal to Andover Hall now,” Grant said.
Juverna is from as good a trotting family results wise over the last twenty years as there is in the New Zealand stud book.
The three winners last weekend is just a timely reminder to yearling buyers of how good this family is.