Holy Roman Emperor Colt Comes Out On Top On Day One
Williams Active At New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale
Young bloodstock agent Andrew Williams made an immediate impact on Day One of the New Zealand Bloodstock Weanling Sale when he purchased the two most expensive weanlings for a total of NZ$345,000 including a colt from the family of champion two-year-old Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro).
Williams, who launched his own business Andrew Williams Bloodstock earlier this year, also went to NZ$175,000 for a Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) colt who is is out a placed Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) half-sister to South African Group Three-placed juvenile winner Newlands (High Chaparral).
Offered as Lot 217 by Hawera-based Dan Myers, who sold four of the six top lots on Day One, the Holy Roman Emperor colt is by the same sire as this year’s Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) winner Sheidel and is the third foal out of his dam Phocis.
The colt’s third dam, Skates (Danehill), is a three-quarter sister to stallions Murtajill (Rock Of Gibraltar) and Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice), while she herself was a Listed-placed juvenile winner who is the dam of Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Vancouver and Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Juste Momente (Giant’s Causeway).
“I bought him for an Australian syndicate who trade in colts to go to Australia. He’s a true Hong Kong style of colt. The Holy Roman Emperors go well there,” Williams told ANZ Bloodstock News.
The Aquis Farm-based Holy Roman Emperor is currently heading the sires table in Hong Kong by earnings of HK$36,150,600, over HK$10,000,000 ahead of his nearest rival Exceed And Excel (Danehill).
Phocis, who has an unraced three-year-old by Savabeel (Zabeel) and a two-year-old filly by Denman (Lonhro), was purchased from Willow Park Stud by Myers at the 2013 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $67,500.
Williams also struck an early blow on Day One at the NZB National Weanling Sale when he went to NZ$170,000 to secure a Savabeel colt, the second highest-priced lot, who could be destined for Australia.
The Curraghmore-consigned colt, who was catalogued as Lot 30, is the first foal out of triple Listed winner Avisto (Tavistock) who is a half-sister to Morphettville Guineas (Listed, 1600m) winner Celtic Tiger (O’Reilly).
The colt’s second dam is the juvenile-winning Exceed And Excel mare Miraculous Miss, who was runner up in the William Crockett Stakes (Listed, 1200m) and is herself a sister to Listed winner Outdo (Exceed And Excel).
Williams said the colt was an impressive looking first foal for Avisto.
“He is a very straight forward individual and extremely well made for a first foal,” Williams said.
“I am very happy to have him and he potentially he could be back here in January but he might also go direct to Australia. The Savabeels are doing a great job. His price was perhaps at the high end but you have to pay for the good ones.”
Curraghmore’s Graham Cunningham, last year’s leading NZB National Weanling Sale vendor, said the colt’s early qualities had impressed him.
“It was a good price for a good colt. In my opinion, there’s very good chance that he’ll be good racehorse,” Cunningham said to ANZ Bloodstock News.
Williams, meanwhile, went to NZ$65,000 for a colt by first crop Rich Hill Stud-based Proisir (Choisir) in partnership with the stallion’s breeder Tony Falcone.
Falcone raced Proisir and his recently retired Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winning brother Divine Prophet (Choisir), who will this year stand under the Aquis Farm banner at Emirates Park in the Hunter Valley.
Catalogued as Lot 192, the Haunui Farm-offered colt is the third foal out of stakes-placed mare Nancho Bella (Mr Nancho), who is already the dam of juvenile winner and New Zealand 1000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) fourth Midnight Gossip (Showcasing).
Like Divine Prophet, the Proisir colt will be trained by Michael Wayne and John Hawkes.
“I bought this colt for Tony Falcone, who bred and raced his sire, Proisir. Tony wants to support the stallion and he will go to the Hawkes stable in Sydney,” Williams said.
Williams was the leading buyer on Day One, purchasing four weanlings for an aggregate of NZ$365,000 at an average of NZ$91,250. Ten weanlings by Proisir meanwhile sold for an aggregate of NZ$266,000 at an average of NZ$26,600.
Savabeels Sell Well
Earlier, Awapuni trainer David Hayes paid NZ$120,000 for a Cambria Park-consigned Savabeel colt who he believes he has a potential to be a New Zealand Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) horse.
Catalogued as Lot 22, the colt is out of stakes-performed Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Ametsis, a winner of four races including one as a two-year-old.
Ametsis is a half-sister to VRC St Leger (Gr 3, 2800m) placegetter Dance On Wood (Woodman), the dam of South African Listed winner Dance To The Stars (Galileo), and the Savabeel colt is his dam’s third foal.
Her first foal is an unraced two-year-old filly, also by Savabeel, and she has a yearling filly by Pierro (Lonhro) and was covered by Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) in 2016.
Hayes revealed he planned to re-offer the colt at the NZB sales as a yearling.
“I bought him with both the January sales in mind and also with the Karaka Millions in mind, now that there is a big prize for the three year olds,” Hayes said.
“He looks like a Derby horse to me. Very happy with the purchase price. I would have gone higher.”
Cambria Park’s Fraser Jones and Rosie Price said the NZ$120,000 price tag for the colt was about what they were expecting.
“The money was about right but he’s gone to a good home,” they said.
Hayes bought three weanlings at an average of NZ$64,167 and an aggregate of NZ$192,500 to be the second leading buyer behind Williams on Day One.
Waikato Stud’s Savabeel had three weanlings sell for an aggregate of NZ$314,000 and an average of NZ$104,667, finishing the day as the leading sire by average with three or more sold.
Tavistock Colt Makes NZ$125,000
A Tavistock (Montjeu) colt from a winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Fastnet Rockette was sold for NZ$125,000 yesterday after the mare was purchased in foal for NZ$50,000 by Dan Myers at last year’s sale.
Consigned by Myers, Lot 91, who was purchased by MM Bloodstock, is the fourth foal out of the three-quarter sister to Mannerism Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) placed mare Family Crest (Fastnet Rock).
By the same sire as Hong Kong Derby (HK Gr 1, 2000m) winner Werther, the Tavistock colt is a half-brother to a Power (Oasis Dream) yearling colt who was purchased by Queensland trainer Liam Birchley for NZ$280,000 at this year’s NZB Premier Yearling Sale.
The Power colt had been purchased as a weanling last year for NZ$60,000 when offered by Hallmark Stud.
Myers also sold Lot 177, a Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) colt, for NZ$130,000 to Lyndhurst Farm.
Out of winning mare Mifflin (Street Cry), who is a half-sister to Twilight Glow Stakes (Listed, 1400m) winner Meidung (Bernardini), the Hinchinbrook colt is the second foal for the mare. Her first foal is a yearling colt by Bernardini (A P Indy) who Myers had sold as a weanling for NZ$30,000 at this sale last year.
Lyndhurst Farm’s Mark Treweek said the colt appears to have thrown to his dam sire Street Cry (Machiavellian) who should have plenty of commercial appeal as a yearling.
“He is a well-grown colt who is very strong. I see a lot of Street Cry in him. He’s by a fashionable sire and has great line up of dams’ sires,” Treweek told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“He will likely be back here in January.”
Myers said the colt was an early-maturing type who possessed a good attitude.
“He is a very forward colt with a great attitude. He just goes about his business with no fuss. He was popular,” Myers said.
Tavistock ended the day as the second leading sire by average (with three or more lots sold) with four lots having sold for NZ$312,500 at an average of NZ$78,125.
Earlier, Myers also offered a Sacred Falls (O’Reilly) filly as Lot 25, who was purchased by Hallmark Stud for NZ$100,000.
The filly, out of winning Reset (Zabeel) mare Apollo’s Pride, is the fifth foal out of her dam and is a half-sister to the dual winner, Sydney metropolitan-placed Shaftesbury (Sebring).
Apollo’s Pride is a three-quarter sister to Herbert Power Stakes (Gr 2, 2400m) winner Rizon (Zabeel) and a half-sister to Group Two winner Dopff (Tights) and Group Three winner Ready To Lift (More Than Ready). Another half-sister to Apollo’s Pride, the unraced Ascendo (Conquistarose), is the dam of Hobartville Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner and Group One-placed Sir Clive (Bigstone) and Group Three winner Ascending (Bigstone), while this is also the family of 2016 Danehill Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Saracino (Per Incanto).
Hallmark Stud’s Mark Baker said the filly would be reoffered at next year’s New Zealand Bloodstock sales series, but would be happy to retain her if she did not meet reserve.
“She is a lovely type by an exciting first season sire. I’ve seen some really nice Sacred Falls and this one showed herself off,” Baker told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“She’s all quality. We’ll bring her back in January however, she has great residual value and I would be happy to keep her.”
Myers was happy with the sale price reached for the filly by the Waikato Stud-based sire Sacred Falls, who had four weanlings sold for NZ$182,000 at an average of NZ$45,500 on Day One.
“I bring them here to sell and hope a for complete clearance. This nice filly was bred for a purpose and the mare was one of five recommended by Gareth Downey of Waikato Stud,” Myers told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“She was empty and Gareth suggested that a mating with Sacred Falls would be a great match.”
In total, Myers was the leading vendor by average (with three or more lots sold) selling 14 weanlings for an aggregate of NZ$701,200 at an average of NZ$50,086.
Woodside Swoop On Tavistock Filly
Victorian operation Woodside Park were active yesterday, securing a filly by Cambridge Stud’s stallion Tavistock as a pinhook into the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Blue Riband Session early next year.
Catalogued as Lot 206, the Wentwood Grange-offered filly was purchased for NZ$95,000.
A daughter of Oya (Black Minnaloushe), who is a half-sister to Wakeful Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) winner and VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) runner up Thunder Lady (Mastercraftsman), the filly is her dam’s fourth foal.
Woodside Park Stud’s Gerard Jones told ANZ Bloodstock News the filly had the potential to grow into an attractive staying-bred yearling.
“I’m really happy to get her. We’ll let her grow and she’ll be offered at the Inglis Premier Sale, the Blue Riband Session, next year,” Jones said.
“She’s by the right sire and has a lovely walk and temperament.”
Vendor Sean Hawkins of Wentwood Grange said the sale price was a strong result for the farm’s client Greg Jones.
“She is a big, strong filly with a nice action. We are very pleased for our long standing client, Greg Jones. This was a nice result for him,” Hawkins told ANZ Bloodstock News.
Meanwhile, the Brighthill Farm-consigned Per Incanto (Street Cry) colt out of a half-sister to Tavistock, who was catalogued as Lot 126, was sold for NZ$90,000 to Woburn Farm.
The colt is out of winning mare Inertia (Danasinga), who is the dam of three winners from five foals to race, and was bred and initially sold by vendor Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford.
“He was very popular before the sale, so the price was not a surprise,” she said.
“I bred his mother, Inertia, and sold her as a yearling then bought her back when she retired. Of course, she wasn’t a half sister to Tavistock at that time.”
Further back this is the family of the dual Group Two winner Precedence (Zabeel), the Group Three-winning Slice Of Class (Guillotine) and the Japan Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Jupiter Island (St Paddy).
Foxwedge Colt Goes To Willetts
Also on Day One, Cambria Park-offered a colt by Newgate Farm stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock), who is locked in a tight battle for Australia’s leading second season sire honours (by earnings) with So You Think (High Chaparral), sold for NZ$80,000 to Paul Willetts.
Catalogued as Lot 93, the colt is the third foal out of Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Fazzle (Johar).
The Group One-placed Fazzle, who won eight races and two in stakes company, is herself out of Group Two-placed Eftee One (Volksraad) while the Foxwedge colt’s third dam is the Listed winner Bashful Lady (Imperial Guard).
“The colt will be pinhooked at a sale to be determined, but apart from that, he’s a nice colt and looks like a racehorse,” Willetts told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“Foxwedge is doing particularly well, especially in the last three months. The price was about right but I would have gone another bid if needed.”
Cambria Park’s Fraser Jones and Rosie Price said: “He was bought by one of the best judges around, so we are very pleased.”
Another weanling by a Newgate Farm stallion, a colt by first crop sire Wandjina (Snitzel), sold to Waterford Bloodstock from the draft of Curraghmore Stud for NZ$92,500 yesterday.
Catalogued as Lot 152, the colt is the first foal out of winning Fastnet Rock mare Lamplighter, who is a daughter of Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) runner up and Group One-placed mare Glowlamp (Encosta De Lago).
Lamplighter was sold by Newgate Farm to Onyx Thoroughbreds in foal to Wandjina for $85,000 at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
International Buyers Prominent On Day One
Strong competition from international buyers saw 152 weanlings sold on Day One, up 22 on last year’s 130, at an average of NZ$19,280, down from NZ$22,709 in 2016, and an aggregate of NZ$2,930,500.
The sale figures were down slightly on the record-breaking 2016 NZB Weanling Sale, with the clearance rate dropping from 87 per cent last year to 78 per cent this, although 244 horses were catalogued in 2017 compared to 170 last year.
The 2017 median of NZ$6,500 fell from the 2016 figure of NZ$11,500, but this year’s top price of NZ$175,000 was up slightly from last year’s top lot of NZ$170,000 for a Tavistock colt.
Six weanlings were sold for NZ$100,000 or more this year, one more than on Day One in 2016, while buyers from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore purchased 22 weanlings for NZ$911,200, Domestic buyers spent NZ$2,019,300 on 130 horses.
Day Two starts at 10am, with the remaining weanlings to be offered before the yearlings, two-year-olds, race horses, stallion shares and broodmares are auctioned.
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