Hot off winning the $2m Australian Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) with Levendi and having already sired $1m VRC Oaks (Gr. 1, 2500m) winner Pinot, Te Akau principal David Ellis bought a filly by their Champion sire Pierro (Lonhro).
Lot 56 b f Pierro – Bulle De Champagne (Hurricane Run) $160,000 (draft: Coolmore Stud)
The quintessential racehorse and now leading second crop sire in Australia, Pierro only ever ran in stakes races, winning eleven of his fourteen starts. The unbeaten Triple Crown winner as a two-year-old amassed $4.5 million and already had yearling progeny reach $1.5m in the sales ring.
Her dam sire, Hurricane Run, was a world champion Irish bred racehorse, by Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) who made a significant impact as a sire in New Zealand. The French and Irish Derby winner that also won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, left a lasting legacy in the Southern Hemisphere as sire of stallion Tavistock (in turn the sire of four international Derby winners).
Hurricane Run emulated the feats of his sire, Montjeu, by also winning the Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
This filly has a beautiful pedigree cross of Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer), who set a record as leading sire 14 times in Great Britain and Ireland, and having sired 323 stakes winners places him second only to Danehill.
“We’ve bought her to develop into a lovely three-year-old staying filly,” Ellis said. “She is tall, athletic, out of an imported mare, from a very good family, a real Oaks sort of filly that could end up being competitive in age group staying races on both sides of the Tasman.
“Her dam is a half-sister to Contributer (High Chaparral), who was crowned Champion Miler in Australia (2014-15) and now stands at stud in New Zealand, so there is no shortage of quality in the pedigree of this filly.”