It will be both an exciting and emotional time when Group 1 winning mare Hasahalo goes on the market next Monday.
Says Go Racing principal Albert Bosma, “She’s certainly taken us on an exciting ride throughout her career.”
Albert kept his catalogue from the 2016 Karaka Sales where he purchased the Savabeel x Halloween filly as a yearling for $110,000. “There aren’t many notes in my book – she was very correct and it was hard to fault her. I did note she had a “sweet filly’s head” and she was “balanced”. She was just so light on her feet she seemed to float when she walked. So she was an easy horse to buy with confidence.”
That confidence was well rewarded when master trainer Stephen McKee welcomed her into his stables.
Says Albert “She was smart from day one.”
Some two year old career highlights included winning the Group 3 (now a Group 2) Eclipse Stakes 1200 metres from “stone cold motherless last” at the 600 metres mark. “She had an electric turn of foot.” She came second in the Karaka Million that year, again coming from a long way back, charging home to take a lot of ground off eventual winner Melody Belle.
A precocious two year old matured into an even better three-year-old.
Says Albert, “She liked firm ground. But even with an interrupted build up to the Group One 1000 Guineas due to wet weather when we couldn’t get enough miles into her, she showed her absolute class.”
“She drew badly again in the race but was so clean winded that even without the full preparation she could come down the outside and blow them away by four lengths.”
Not surprisingly there has been a lot of interest in this very talented mare since she retired from the track. “She will sell on Gavel House on Monday. The timing is right ahead of the breeding season. She looks amazing and she’s ready to be a mum. We are excited for the next phase of her career and following her progeny.”
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