Lot 25 b g Delago Deluxe – Avail (Exceed and Excel) $200,000 (draft: Regal Farm)
Chiming in at $155,000 Te Akau principal David Ellis out manoeuvred some spirited bidders to secure the horse.
“We loved this horse and were keen to be strong on him following our physical inspections,” Ellis said. “He’s a fast looking type, very correct, with a great attitude and he’s already been gelded.
“He breezed really well, had his mind on the job and previous Te Akau apprentice Troy Harris, who rode him in the breeze up, gave us some really positive feedback on the horse.
“He is a horse with a lot of quality about him, from a family that has left plenty of quality horses.”
He’s a really nice horse, beautifully balanced, athletic, and very much in the mould of his sire Delago Deluxe (Encosta De Lago). By champion sire Encosta De Lago, Delago Deluxe was sold as a yearling in Australia, becoming an unbeaten Champion 2YO in South Africa, and a Group One winner at two and three years of age. His 2016 yearling averaged $169,000.
The first foal for the dam, in turn from the Zabeel mare Avabelle, the third dam, Eye Full (Palatable), was a highly regarded winner of 11 races, including the Hawkes Bay Cup (Gr. 3, 2200m) and finished second in the Group One New Zealand Cup.
Eye Full left Group One winner Gaze (Cape Cross), the dam of impressive performer Vision, and the look of quality from his family is certainly evident.
His dam sire Exceed and Exceed (Danehill) is a Champion Australian sire that stands for a service fee of $110,000, and the sire two-year-old colt Al Hasa, trained by Te Akau to win the Welcome Stakes (Listed, 1000m) by six lengths on 18 November at Riccarton.
“He looks a natural runner and he won’t be having too long a break before going into the stables at Matamata,” Ellis said.