News & Events
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 09:35
By Michael Guerin
Star juvenile pacer Alta Christiano has been sold to a West Australian syndicate but will not be lost to New Zealand any time soon.
Trainer Paul Kerr confirmed the sale today but says the outstanding son of Christian Cullen will remain in his care until at least next year.
Alta Christiano has been sold to a syndicate connected to leading WA trainer Gary Hall. Hall is looking to replenish his stable after a horror run which included the recent death of his exciting three-year-old Gracias Para Nada and the setback last weekend to champion pacer I’m Themightyquinn.
Alta Christiano looked the most naturally talented juvenile pacer in New Zealand this season until bad luck ruined the richest part of his campaign. He was trapped three wide when a sensational third in the Sales Series Pace and then broke gear in the Sires’ Stakes Final. And he was struck down by a lung infection on the eve of the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on June 2.
“That is all cleared up now and he is back home (in Canterbury) after spending a couple of weeks spelling up north,” said Kerr.
“He will have two more weeks off here then start back working in the first week of July.”
Kerr says the sale is great for Alta Christiano’s owners, who will retain a share in the colt.
“And its good for the industry too, any high-profile sale is a good thing.”
Kerr has spoken to Hall about Alta Christiano’s next campaign which will be based around the Sires’ Stakes series, which culminates at Addington on New Zealand Cup day before he moves north for the Sales Series Pace at Alexandra Park.
“Then the new owners, Gary and I will talk about what happens after that because he will have options on both sides of the Tasman.”