From a family very well known in New Zealand, Te Akau principal David Ellis has bought a half-sister to Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) and Miss Wilson (Stratum) at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Lot 72 b f Fastnet Rock – Cierzo (Centaine) $500,000 (draft: Coolmore Stud)
Standing at Rich Hill Stud, Jimmy Choux won five Group One races including the NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m), Rosehill Guineas (Gr. 1, 2000m) and 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), was crowned NZ Horse of the Year and Champion Australasian Three-Year-Old, and Champion First Season Sire in New Zealand (2015 -16).
Miss Wilson, also an immensely talented galloper, gained the crowning glory for any mare when winning the Te Aroha Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m) just last Saturday (7 April) at Te Aroha.
Te Akau has experienced great success with the progeny of Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) – who has commanded a stud fee of $275,000 – through the deeds of Group One winners Rock ‘N’ Pop, Heroic Valour, Age of Fire, and Avantage.
“Cierzo has become a Blue Hen mare in establishing this family and to secure a filly from her by Fastnet Rock is quite unbelievable,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“We loved her during inspections, but thought she might be outside our budget and I was keen to get back in on the action after she was passed in.
“With her great walk and deep girth she really reminds me of Avantage, who won the Karaka Million and Sires’ Produce Stakes for us and looks odds on to become Champion Two-Year-Old.
“She really is a beautiful filly, with an outstanding pedigree, and all the quality to race as a two-year-old and train on to a 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and other races for three-year-old fillies in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.”