Freshman Sires Popular at Australasian Yearling Sales
The month of January was action-packed with 112 horses offered through the ring on account of Westbury Stud between Magic Millions and the Karaka Yearling Sales and with two first season sires showcased it has been an exciting month all round.
Tarzino’s yearlings were first introduced to the buyers’ market at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where they were warmly received selling all three yearlings that were taken over from New Zealand and averaging A$155,000 each – over ten times Tarzino’s service fee – with his highest priced yearling fetching A$230,000, Lot 262 ex Eau de Parfum (Redoute’s Choice), to Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbred Services Pty Ltd (FBAA) & Mick Price Racing.
Mick Price has been following Tarzino’s first progeny with a keen interest, and for good reason having trained the Champion 3YO Colt in Australia, and while visiting Karaka he secured another cracking colt, Lot 349, for $75,000 out of the Casino Prince mare The Love of Money. Other Australian buyers who were successful in taking home a Tarzino yearling include Henry Dwyer Racing, Import Racing, Ellerton Zahra Racing, Pride Racing & Double R Thoroughbreds, Malua Racing, Mitch Freedman Racing, while attraction from the domestic market includes the likes of Rogerson Bloodstock, Shaune Ritchie, KIR Racing, GPI Racing, Go Racing and Phill Catalado Bloodstock (BAFNZ).
Freshmen sire Telperion also saw the first of his progeny sell at the Karaka Yearling Sales with pleasing results as we saw yearlings consigned to some of the industry’s most astute buyers including successful bloodstock agent John Foote who purchased the half-brother to Hong Kong stakes winner Ho Ho Khan (Makfi) (known as Mulanchi when raced in NZ) for $80,000, Lot 502 who is from the wonderfully successful family of Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).
Cataldo is another agent who took a liking to Telperion’s yearlings securing a colt out of Cattledog (Encosta de Lago) for $52,000 - a half-brother to current Australian winning mare Red Heeler, while we also look forward to seeing the son of Street Cry’s progeny emerge from the likes of Kiwi trainers Paul Moroney/Ballymore Stables, Stephen McKee, Andrew Campbell and leading Ready to Run preparer Riversley Park.
There were many highlights in the sale ring, first and foremost the Pierro x Our Squeezer colt fetching $900,000, a huge thrill for breeders Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse and Tony Wales who have had success breeding twice NZ Horse of the Year Bonneval and stakes winners Lord Arthur, Imposing Lass, Full of Spirit and Lady Cumquat all who have descended from the dam Imposingly (Zabeel), who features as the second dam of Lot 155. The star studded colt was purchased by the Waikato-based Hiwi Lodge for international clientele.
A grey colt who was destined to be popular was Lot 145 by Reliable Man, the half-brother to the Group 1 winning Julius (Swiss Ace) and a full-brother to the rising Battenburg, with the gavel going down at $330,000 to The Hong Kong Jockey Club; while a Savabeel filly out of the stakes placed Love and Kisses (Encosta de Lago) saw Rogerson Bloodstock secure her for $360,000; with many more features amongst the draft.
Pictured \ Mick Price with a Tarzino yearling at Karaka \ Photo courtesy of Lesley Warwick