Karaka Races and sale taking place this weekend
The Karaka horse sale is on this weekend.
Such is the quality of NZ racehorses; the event attracts buyers from all over the world.
Last year, buyers spent close to $60 million.
In amongst it, is Māori racing commentator and racehorse breeder George Simon and his wife’s filly, who he says comes from good racing stock and is very popular with buyers
“This filly is a full sister to multiple groups one performer, Two Me Loose. And as a full sister to Two Me Loose, she's a valuable commodity already.”
Buyers come from all over the world and Simon adds today is a chance to check out the horses and inspect them to see how much they are willing to spend depending on how much value the horse will be worth in the future
“You'll often see people looking at the way they are walking because funnily enough the way a horse walks, normally tells you how it will run, what their action will be like when they're racing at full speed, then they get them x-rayed, then they get them scoped. But at the end of the day if you're spending a million dollars on a horse you want to make sure it does everything right.”
The Karaka sale starts at 5 on Sunday; there it will be known which horses will fetch up to and over a million dollars.
Simon is known as the voice of racing, calling all the races at Ellerslie.
He is a stalwart and passionate about his job.
“It's taken me all around the world; I've met some wonderful people. I've been lucky enough to go to places that I never ever thought a little Māori boy from Ngāruawāhia will ever get to. I've been quite thankful that this works ok.”
He will call the Karaka Million race tomorrow before returning to Karaka sales to sell his horses with the prediction that this filly will fetch up to half a million dollars.