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Crack Me Up Win Boosts Karaka Draft
Matamata couple Casey and Michelle Dando are living the dream thanks to results like Crack Me Up's win in last Saturday's Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 4-year-olds stakes victory provided a timely boost for the Dando's Bradbury Park going into the NZB Yearling Sales series where they will take a 28-strong draft that will include Crack Me Up's half-brother by Reliable Man (Lot 111) during Book 1 on 28 January. "The win should attract some more interest in the colt," Dando said. "He's typical of the family and will be better as he matures. We sold his sister last year and she was much the same. John Chalmers bought her for $100,000 and she went to Perth. She's a big, staying type of filly." From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous. Bradbury Park will offer 19 yearlings in Book 1 and a further nine in Book 2 at Karaka with a variety of proven and promising sires represented, including the champion sire Savabeel (five lots) and Reliable Man (eight), Makfi (two), Pins (two), Tavistock and Shocking. "I'm really happy with our draft," Dando said. "We had a bigger one last season (35) and did well, but we decided to cut down a bit on quantity and angle more on quality." "This is what we've worked for. It has been my dream and it's happening."