O’REILLY COLT TOPS SECOND DAY OF SELECT SALE
Pike Purchases Colt For Australia-Based Owner Colin Keane
Trainer Tony Pike struck early at yesterday’s second day of the New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale, going to NZ$210,000 to secure a colt by O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) on behalf of his Australia-based owner Colin Keane.
Catalogued as Lot 657, the bay colt was consigned by Kirkwall Thoroughbreds and is the second foal out of the winning mare Saheel (Zabeel), a daughter of the Group Three-winning Desert Ace (Desert Sun).
Keane is well known for imbuing his string with the ‘Eagle’ moniker and Pike said he expects this colt, who was the 17th into the ring yesterday morning, to carry that title in his racing name.
“Colin is a great supporter of the stable and this is the second youngster we have bought for him this week, so hopefully we will have another pair of eagles in the stable next season,” he said.
Rich Enuff Out Of Autumn
Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) will miss the autumn due to an off hind tendon injury. The injury is considered minor though unusual with Werribee Veterinary Clinic saying that they had not seen too many similar cases. "He's not chronically lame. It is more of a resting lameness with him toe-pointing on his back leg. We initially thought it was an infection around the hock area but that proved not to be the case and this is what the vets came up with. The Werribee people haven't seen too many cases like it and I certainly haven't,” said trainer Ken Keys.
Earthquake Trials Well
Last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Earthquake (Exceed And Excel) won an 800 metre heat at the Cranbourne barrier trials yesterday, in a very smart time of 45.82. Two-year-old colt Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner) was also impressive, winning an 800 metre trial in 45.44. "He's still pretty green but the horse is absolutely flying," trainer Mark Riley said of his Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) prospect. Group Three-winning filly Eloping (Choisir) also caught the eye at the trials, being unextended when a half-length second to Falcent (Falkirk) over 800 metres.