Lot 1868 br. c. So You Think – Spinnawitch (Country Reel) $60,000 + GST (draft: Tyreel Stud)
“He is a very well made colt and has terrific balance for such a young horse,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“His dam won a stakes race over a mile in Sydney, was Group Three placed in the Adrian Knox (2000m) and this colt is a tremendous example of his New Zealand bred sire So You Think.
“We loved the fact that this colt has our champion stallion Zabeel in his pedigree (Grand-dam sire) and his third dam Zametta was a very good staying mare by the leading sire Zamazaan.
“He moves well and has plenty of quality, and although we will be patient with him and not do too much early he has Derby written all over him.
“He really struck me when we did our inspections; he has a great head, lovely rich colour, plenty of character, and I was particularly pleased to be able to buy him for such a good value price,” he said.
So You Think (High Chaparral) was purchased as a yearling by Bart Cummings for $110,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, and went on to win 14 races and $8.8 million in prize money before retiring to stud in Australia.
He set the world alight when winning the 2009 Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) as a three-year-old, as did Savabeel (Zabeel), and returned to win it again in 2010. He then transferred to be trained by Aidan O’Brien, racing in Europe, where he extended his Group One winning record to ten, defeating 75 Group One winners in the process, and retired to stud as the highest rated son of the English Derby winner and noted Derby sire High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells).
So You Think yearlings have sold up to $500,000.
This colt has a very nice cross of Northern Dancer through both the sire and dam side of his pedigree. Regarded as one of the most influential sires in thoroughbred history, Northern Dancer features as the sire of Sadler’s Wells (on the sire side) and also Danzig (on the dam side) as the sire of Country Reel.
A 10% share in this colt is $9,575 plus GST – this includes ALL expenses including veterinary inspections, sales’ expenses at cost, transport back to New Zealand etc until 31 December 2017 – excluding insurance and Magic Million’s Series’ Entry.
A 5% share in this colt is only $4,788 plus GST.