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Segenhoe Stud Purchase Top-Priced Fastnet Rock Filly

Tim Rowe | 26.05.2017

Three-Quarter Sister To Gust Of Wind Sells For $525,000

Former Champion stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill) dominated Day One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale on 25 May with a top price of $525,000 in a session when six weanlings made $300,000 or more.

The highest-priced weanling on Day One was Lot 73, a filly by the Coolmore Australia-based stallion who is a three-quarter sister to the 2015 ATC Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Gust Of Wind (Darci Brahma).

Offered by Coolmore Australia, the filly was purchaser Segenhoe Stud whose general manager Peter O’Brien told ANZ Bloodstock News the filly would be retained to race rather than being re-offered for sale as a yearling.

“I love Fastnet Rock, he is a champion stallion and she was the pick of the sale as a type,” O’Brien said.

“She is a half to an Oaks winner. I thought she was the best foal I’ve seen in a couple of years and I didn’t want to leave without taking her home with us.”

The Fastnet Rock filly is the seventh living foal out of Listed-placed European-bred mare Starrystarrynight (Sadler’s Wells), who is a sister to Listed winner Starbourne (Sadler’s Wells), who also ran third in the Irish 1000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m). Further back this is the family of the Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) winner Lady Carla (Caerleon).

The filly will be grown out at Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley, with O’Brien suggesting she would be given time to develop into what her new owners will be Oaks campaigns as a three-year-old.

He said the $525,000 paid to secure a filly with her residual value was not unexpected.

“Fastnet Rock is a champion stallion and when you have one that’s a half to an Oaks winner, you have to pay for them. She has beautiful quality, is a beautiful mover with a lovely loose action and plenty of scope,” he said.

“She is not really going to be a two-year-old the way she is bred and we are just hoping she will be an Oaks filly down the track.”

Coolmore Australia stud manager Jim Carey told ANZ Bloodstock News the filly was a quality individual and her price reflected her pedigree and physique.

“The Starrystarrynight filly is all quality and her three-quarter sister was the last horse to beat Winx, which tells you as much as you need to know about how talented she was,” Carey said.

“The reality is that Fastnet Rock has had 35 stakes winners around the world in the last 12 months. He is an exceptional stallion and it stands to reason that there is strong demand for his offspring.”

Palm Racing Buy El Roca’s Brother
A Fastnet Rock (Danehill) weanling brother to the stakes-winning and Group One-placed El Roca also made a big impression earlier in the session, selling to US bloodstock agent John Moynihan for $400,000.

Consigned by Coolmore Australia as agent as Lot 23, he is the eighth foal out of unraced mare Rubimill (Rubiton), herself a sister to Group Three winner Millrich.

Millrich is the dam of this month’s Doomben 10,000 (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Redzel (Snitzel) and the Group Three winning sire Danerich (Danehill). Rubimill meanwhile has an unraced two-year-old filly by Redwood (High Chaparral), who was purchased at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $40,000 and she was covered last October by Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry).

Moynihan, who bought the weanling under Palm Racing, said the colt would likely be re-offered as a yearling at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“He’s a beautiful horse, a really good looking horse. He will probably be resold, I bought him for a partnership and hopefully we will have some luck with him,” Moynihan told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“His brother El Roca was a nice horse, so he certainly has a great pedigree and if he turns out to be a really nice physical come January, we might be in good shape.”

El Roca, who was runner-up in the 2014 Randwick Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m), stands at Westbury Stud in New Zealand.

“The Rubimill is a brother to a high-class horse that we all know was better than his race record shows, while he had a good recent pedigree update with Redzel winning a Group One,” Carey said.

Meanwhile, Victorian bloodstock agent Peter Ford also purchased a Fastnet Rock filly in partnership with Hilldene yesterday for $180,000 and plans to resell her at next year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Catalogued as Lot 44, the Berkeley Park Stud-consigned filly is the fifth foal out of the dual winner She’s Sirius (Galileo), who is a half-sister to Ottawa Stakes (Listed, 1000m) winner Spectrolight (Stratum).

Her third dam is Listed winner Hit It Star (Hit It Benny), the winner of four races and the dam of six winners from seven foals to race including the Listed-winning Hitapotomoss (Twig Moss).

“She is just a great walking filly with good bone. She is really well balanced, a smallish type, but she will grow into something and we will head to Melbourne for the Premier Sale to be re-offered as a yearling along with some of our own home-bred yearlings,” Ford told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“Her pedigree could be a little heavier but perhaps there is a little improvement on the way.”

Ford admitted the $180,000 price tag was more than he intended to pay but believes the filly will be an attractive yearling next year.

“It was a little more than what we thought but we think Melbourne is a great place to sell a Fastnet filly,” he said.

“We have had a little bit of luck doing it before so you never know.”

She’s Sirius was sold by Berkeley Park Stud, in foal to Pride Of Dubai, to Miranda Park Bloodstock for $75,000 at the recent Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

Fastnet Rock, whose daughter Catchy won the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) earlier this year for Lindsay Park, had three weanlings sell in total on Day One for an aggregate of $1,105,000 at an average of $368,333.

Meanwhile, Coolmore Australia sold eight weanlings overall on Day One for an aggregate of $958,500 at an average of $119,813.

“We were confident coming to the sale that we had some outstanding foals in the draft and it was great for the respective breeders that the Fastnet Rock/Rubimill colt and the Fastnet Rock / Starrystarrynight filly sold so well,” Jim Carey said.

“People will talk about weanlings here making yearling prices, but I thought both of those foals were great value.”

Snitzel Colt Goes To Blue Sky
As expected, Australia’s leading stallion, Arrowfield Stud sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), also proved popular on Day One at the Gold Coast.

Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland purchased the highest-priced weanling by Snitzel, and second highest priced for the session, when he went to $460,000 for a colt from the draft of Queensland-based Arawata Bloodstock (as agent).

Catalogued as Lot 233, the colt is a son of dual Listed winner Cariad (Sequalo), herself a three-quarter sister to stakes-placed Steel Lips (Sequalo) and a half-sister to South African Group Three winner Polish Steel (King Of Danes).

Blaxland told ANZ Bloodstock News that he had purchased the colt’s dam Cariad recently and once he inspected the colt on the grounds was impressed with his physique.

“I thought he was the colt of the sale and being by Snitzel who is the champion sire elect for this season, having broken the two-year-old winners record for the year (made obvious appeal),” Blaxland said.

“He’s a lovely horse out of a stakes-winning mare and we actually purchased the mother Cariad about three weeks ago.

“The breeder is a good client of trainer Tony (Gollan) and John Foote, and when I got here and had a good look at the foal I was delighted with how he looked, he is a really nice purchase.”

Blaxland said no decision had been made on whether the colt would be entered for a yearling sale next year.

“He looks a Magic Millions type of horse to me. I will speak to the client overnight and they will probably let the dust settle, get him home and work out what they want to do with him,” he said.

Including the Snitzel colt, Blaxland bought six weanlings on Day One for an aggregate of $749,000 at an average of $124,833.

Soon after, David Lucas Bloodstock went to $320,000 to secure a Snitzel filly from the Glastonbury Farms draft.

Catalogued as Lot 250, the filly is a daughter of St Albans Stakes (Listed, 1000m) winner Cinq Rouge (Red Ransom) and a half-sister to SAJC Chairman’s Stakes (Gr 3, 2020m) runner-up Maysoor (Fastnet Rock).

The fifth living foal, a yearling brother by Snitzel was passed in $210,000 (reserve $220,000) at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January.

Lucas, who purchased the filly as agent for Dubai-based Phoenix Investments, said the filly could be retained to race and bred with instead of being pinhooked.

“Her conformation is good, she is nicely balanced, a race horse type,” Lucas told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She will mature into a nice filly, but she probably just needs a little bit more time. Maybe we will look at something a bit later for her but there (on the yearling sales calendar) is always something for those nice fillies.”

Snitzel, who had his fee increased to $176,000 (inc GST) by Arrowfield Stud for 2017, averaged $293,333 at an aggregate of $880,000 for three weanlings sold.

Lucas Secures Three Weanlings
David Lucas Bloodstock also purchased two other weanlings on Day One, a colt by first crop stallion Dissident (Sebring) for $300,000 and an I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) filly for $390,000.

By the same sire as Myer Classic (registered as Empire Rose Stakes) (Gr 1, 1600m) winning filly I Am A Star, the Amarina Farm-consigned filly is a half-sister to champion South African two-year-old, Group One winner Harry’s Son (Rock Of Gibraltar).

Her second dam, winning mare Lady Brackley (Rubiton), is a sister to former champion South African two-year-old filly and Group One-winning sprinter Ruby Clipper (Rubiton), also the dam of South African Group One winner Seventh Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar).

Catalogued as Lot 280, the filly is the seventh living foal out of city-winning Anabaa (Danzig) mare Dash On Ruby. She has had four winners from five foals to race, including the now deceased Paul Lafferty-trained Harry’s Son and South African stakes-placed Henry Of York (Henrythenavigator).

Dash On Ruby’s now unraced two-year-old filly by So You Think (High Chaparral) was purchased for $80,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale.

“I just thought she was nicely balanced filly and, once again, a racehorse type which is what we are trying to buy,” Lucas said.

“I bought a couple of I Am Invincibles in Sydney and I am very very impressed with them since they have been broken in, I also bought a mare in foal to I Am Invincible.

“This filly she is well grown, well balanced, got the right attitude and she will make a racehorse for somebody, if not us.”

Lucas said the owners of the filly would have no hesitation in retaining her to race and breed with if they elected to bypass the 2018 yearling sales.

“We will look at her when the time comes to nominate her for a sale and make a decision on where we go, if we go anywhere at all,” he said.

“We are looking at the long term if we decide to keep them, if we race her and keep her she will go to a commercial stallion at some stage, otherwise she will be somebody else’s (via the yearling sales).”

First Season Sires Soar On Day One
The first season stallions represented also fared well on Day One, headed by Newgate Farm sires Dissident and Deep Field (Northern Meteor), and Darley’s Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible).

The highest-priced weanling by a first crop stallion yesterday was Lot 239, a colt by Dissident out of winning mare Celtic Sea (Fastnet Rock).

Purchased by David Lucas Bloodstock, the Newgate Farm-consigned colt is the second foal from Celtic Sea, while his second dam Wickham (Elusive Quality) is a three-quarter sister to US Grade Three winner Omega Code (Elusive Quality). She is also a half-sister to the dams of US Grade One winner Gomo (Uncle Mo) and Grade Three winner Mrs Kipling (Exceed And Excel).

Lucas told ANZ Bloodstock News the colt could end up back in a sales ring as a yearling.

“He was just a nice colt, lovely balanced colt, I think he will turn into a racehorse. My guess is that he will go back through a sale probably,” Lucas said.

“I think he could possibly make a later two-year-old, but I don’t think he is going to jump out of the woods as an early two-year-old, but he could be a later two-year-old, for sure.

“There are a few nice horses here, but unfortunately there are more buyers than there are good horses, so you probably have to pay a bit more than you would elsewhere.”

Lucas said five-time Group One winner Dissident had shown the traits he believes will make him a quality stallion.

“I think he is going to turn into one of the better stallions in Australia, I think he has a big future,” he said.

Dissident had seven weanlings sell on Day One for an aggregate of $662,000 at an average of $94,571.

Fellow first crop stallion Deep Field, the most represented sire on Day One, had 16 weanlings sell for an aggregate of $1,246,000 an average of $77,875, with his highest-priced foal selling for $240,000 to Musk Creek Farm.

Consigned by Attunga Stud as Lot 224, the bay colt is the second foal out of winning mare Caesar’s Princess (Exceed And Excel).

The 10 August-foaled colt’s second dam is the placed mare Satanay (Woodman), who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Show Of Force (Luskin Star). She is also the dam of dual Group One-winning sprinter Atomic Force (Danehill Dancer), who won 11 races including The Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m).

Recently appointed Musk Creek Farm manager Scott Williamson told ANZ Bloodstock News the early maturing Deep Field colt was an ideal type to pinhook for next year’s yearling sales.

“He was a superior physical by a hot young sire at stud at Newgate. They have been very impressive types on the whole and we thought as a physical he was the best of the lot,” Williamson said.

“I think there is a genuine belief around the sales complex that these Deep Fields are very impressive, so I don’t see any reason why that will change between now and the yearling sales. We will be sending him back through the ring in January at the Magic Millions hopefully.”

Musk Creek Farm also outlaid $200,000 for the Kambula Stud-consigned Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) colt who is destined for next year’s yearling sales.

Catalogued as Lot 117, he is the seventh foal out of Chester Manifold Stakes (Listed, 1400m) winner Umaquest (Umatilla). The colt is a half-brother to James H B Carr Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Yattarna (Exceed And Excel) and stakes-placed winner Fromparis Withlove (Smart Missile).

Umaquest’s five foals to race are all winners, while her rising two-year-old filly by Written Tycoon (Iglesia) was purchased by Aquanita Racing and trainer Stuart Webb for $175,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“He goes from strength to strength, Not A Single Doubt, he does it every year,” Williamson said.

“We thought he was a very nice, correct colt from a nice family. His half-sister (Yattarna) made $600,000 at the Chairman’s Sale this year and we are very excited to have him.”

Musk Creek Finds New Beau
Brazen Beau, meanwhile, had two weanlings sell yesterday for an aggregate of $505,000 and a top price of $270,000 for Lot 227who sold to second leading purchaser on Day One Hilldene / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds.

The Sledmere Stud-offered colt is out of juvenile winner Calvados (Medaglia d’Oro), herself a half-sister to Listed-winning sprinter Barbed (Canny Lad).

His second dam is Listed winner Key Bar Nights (Anabaa) and his third dam is the stakes-placed Huntington Girl (Black Zephyr) is the dam of 14 winners. They include Stan Fox Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m) winner Dynamic Love (Brave Warrior), Key Bar Nights and stakes-placed Arimathea (Zoffany) and Grouse Lane (Sea Road).

Victorian bloodstock agent Peter Ford said the impressive colt would return to Queensland for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale next year.

“He is an outstanding horse by a freshman stallion and the first foal out of a Medaglia d’Oro mare and is from a good family,” Ford told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“The colt walked the house down and he was just a colt we had to have. We didn’t think he would make this much, but he did, and he will take his place back up here at the Magic Millions next year.”

Ford said he had been impressed by the look of the weanlings by Brazen Beau and Deep Field.

“I have seen a few of them and I am impressed with the stock by Brazen Beau and Deep Field, but Brazen Beau in particular,” he said.

Ford and Hilldene bought six weanlings on Day One for a total of $880,000 and an average of $146,667.

Deep Field’s younger brother, the Darley-based Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) had eight weanlings sell for a total of $471,000 at an average of $58,875.

Another first crop stallion, the Coolmore Australia-based Rubick (Encosta De Lago), had eight weanlings sell for an average of $53,063 and an aggregate of $424,500. The Newgate Farm-based Wandjina (Snitzel) had four weanlings sell for an average of $51,500, an aggregate of $206,000 and a top price of $90,000.

Coolmore Australia stud manager Jim Carey was pleased with the way the market received the first crop weanlings by Rubick.

“It was particularly satisfying to see the first of the Rubick foals sell so well today,” Carey told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“It’s a huge compliment to the horse to see the names of those people that have bought them – Redwall and Widden, Sheamus Mills, Sledmere, Rick Connolly, Julian Blaxland and others.

“Everyone seems to want a Rubick and the early consensus is that they look like natural early runners. There is a good buzz about him around the complex and I think he’s a horse that is going to make a big impression at the yearling sales in 2018.”

Bester Prominent On Day One
Bloodstock agent James Bester was the leading buyer on Day One, securing nine weanlings for a total aggregate of $932,000 at an average of $103,556, including a colt by Coolmore Stud’s So You Think (High Chaparral) for $180,000.

The Holbrook Thoroughbreds-consigned colt, who was catalogued as Lot 158, is the fourth foal out of stakes-placed winner Acouplamas (Al Maher).

Bester said the plan was to re-offer the colt as a yearling, but that a yearling sale had yet to be chosen.

He said the colt came from a precocious female pedigree, which could see the colt develop into a horse that could race as a two-year-old.

“He was a very typical So You Think, a lovely, big dark horse and I particularly liked his action,” Bester told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“He was a very good moving horse. I love those So You Think’s that move like that. He goes back to a top class family and the mother was stakes-placed as well so as far as I was concerned he’s a lovely colt that will make into a fabulous yearling.”

Bester predicted yearling buyers would see a potential Guineas horse with the colt.

“I like a So You Think with a bit of speed in its pedigree and this one had a bit of substance to him, a bit of hindquarter,” he said.

“He looked like he wouldn’t take too long to come to hand. He could be a backend two-year-old So You Think and then the typical Guineas-type of horse.”

Earlier, Bester paid $150,000 for Lot 32, a Choisir (Danehill Dancer) colt who is a brother to stakes-placed juvenile All Sewn Up.

Offered by Aquis Farm, the colt is the seventh foal for Rory’s Jester (Crown Jester) mare Seamstress, a 1000 metre winner who is a sister to Listed-winning stallion Seidnazar and Listed winner Real Jester (Rory’s Jester).

Coolmore Stud stallion Choisir, who will stand for $29,700 (inc GST) in 2017, sired this year’s ATC Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner The Mission, who like his sire is trained by Paul Perry.

“He is a well-bred colt who is a brother to a stakes-placed filly, from a good family and he was an eyecatching colt. I am most taken with him,” he said.

Bester said the market on Day One had provided buyers across all price brackets with good opportunities at fair values.

“I am finding that the ones by proven sires like Choisir, So You Think, Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel are making decent money, but I have been quite surprised that there is a little softness in the market,” Bester said.

“You can get value amongst some of those first season sires. I have bought a couple of Deep Fields and I’m quite happy with the prices I have paid.”

Pleasing Start To Weanling Sale
Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox said at the conclusion of Day One that the expanded weanling catalogue had offered something for every level of buyer.

There were 194 weanlings sold, with $10,535,500 traded at an average price of $54,307 and clearance rate of 79 per cent. The median price of $30,000 was the same as Day One in 2016. The average after Day One of last year’s sale was $54,625 while the aggregate was $8,303,000.

“There was opportunities at every level, no question. It wasn’t overheated or ridiculous at either the top end or the bottom end,” Cox told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“Those that are doing their homework and putting a lot of work in on the catalogue are paying fair money and are judging the market accordingly. I don’t think there is any specific hole in it, it is just a good solid sale.”

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