Te Akau Purchases Day 1 of the Yearling Sales

Date: 29 Jan 2013

Te Akau Purchases Day 1 of the Yearling Sales

Check out the in depth information on Te Akau's Karaka Premier Sale day 1 purchases.

Lot 3 b. f. Thorn Park - Akela $200,000
“I bought this filly Roger & Ruth Blunt after already having bought Stylee (Pins) and Ruthless Lady (Keeper) for them in the past two years,” said David Ellis. “She is a filly with a beautiful pedigree and the athletic looks to match.
From impressive winning race mare Akela (Al Akbar), the filly is a half-sister to Lady Kipling (Savabeel) who finished a fast closing second in the Thorndon Mile (Gr. 1, 1600m) on Saturday at Trentham. She was Group One placed at three in the Levin Classic, to now be four times Group One placed and winner of the Cal Isuzu (Gr. 2, 1400m) and Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m).
“I saw her at Windsor Park and thought she was the pick of the draft,” said Roger Blunt. “David (Ellis), Mark (Walker) and Jason (Bridgman) all concurred. You cannot get better judges than these three and I trust their decision. We plan to race these good fillies to end up with an elite group of five to six mares to breed from.

Lot 23 b. f. Fastnet Rock - Astounded $80,000
“This filly is by the champion sire in the southern hemisphere,” said David Ellis. “She is out of an Encosta De Lago mare, out of a Flying Spur mare, out of a Marscay mare. You can just not get better pedigrees than that. Her dam won three times as a two-year-old, including a listed race in Queensland, plus being Group Three placed, and I've bought her specifically for the Karaka Million.

Lot 24 b. f. Pins - Atralita $80,000
“She is by a sire that consistently leaves group performers all around the world. The mare is really doing the job, with six winners from seven foals. She is a beautiful, athletic filly with a lot of quality and I can see her racing as a two-year-old. As a two-year-old, her dam won the South Australian Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2, 1000m).

Lot 39 b. c. Dylan Thomas - Blanche Amelia $12,500
“We stole this horse,” said Mark Walker. “I thought he would sell for at least fifty or sixty thousand. The mare has already left two stakes performers and he is a lovely staying type of horse. His half-sister, Bianca (Painted Black), won the Newcastle Gold Cup (Gr. 3, 2300m), having already taken out the Great Northern Foal Stakes, Ipswich Cup, and Wyong Gold Cup, all at listed level.
Two years ago, David & Mark purchased promising horse No Nonsense (O'Reilly) from the Premier Sale for $16,000 and in this colt they look to have snared another lovely type for well under the market value.

Lot 54 ch. f. Sakhee's Secret - Caparison $47,500
“She's a filly with real quality,” said Mark Walker. “I trained the mother and always felt she would make into a top-class broodmare. She won five races to 1900 metres and finished second in the Manawatu Breeders Stakes (Listed, 2000m). I can see this filly being an autumn two-year-old and train on to be a 1000 Guineas type. The mother was a big, strong girl by Cape Cross and I love buying first foals out of mares that we have trained, and we have had a lot of luck doing it over the years.

Lot 132 b. c. Encosta De Lago - Ethereal $425,000
“This colt is from the greatest staying mare I've seen,” said David Ellis.
Ethereal (Rhthym), from Romanee Conti (Sir Tristram), won stakes of over $6 million and included four Group One wins: Queensland Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m), Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m), Melbourne Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m), and BMW (Gr. 1, 2400m).
“He has been an absolute standout from the day he was born and the best foal at foot I have ever seen,” said Ellis. “He is a beautiful, strong colt that I think will race in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Riccarton, and then on to the Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) at Ellerslie. He's the type of colt that I've bought to emulate his dam and he will train on to be Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m) horse. He is a magnificent individual and it is a pleasure to have secured him to train.

Lot 145 br. c. Savabeel - Fire Song $120,000
“He is a really nice Derby type of colt,” said Mark Walker. “His mother was a Group Two winner in Sydney, and we thought he was under market value at the price. It is a family that has produced some top gallopers - hardy types that all seem to have possessed a very good turn of foot.
Coup Ray (Exploding Prospect) was a tremendously talented galloper who won 11 races, while Singalong (Danasinga) was the NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year, having won the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr. 2, 2400m), Hawkes Bay Guineas (Gr. 3, 1400m), and Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m). The family has also shown precocity through the deeds Ryder Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Penny Arcade (Straussbrook) and quick filly Electrostatic (Elnadim).

Lot 152 b. f. Bachelor Duke - Flying Firebird $60,000
“She is a lovely, athletic filly,” said Mark Walker. “Her dam has done a fantastic job in producing the Eight Carat (Gr. 2, 1600m) winner Smoulder (Traditionally), and she was very well bought at the price.
“She is shows plenty of strength, being an early foal and I can see her becoming a Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) filly and training on to be a 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) filly. Plus, her dam being by Stravinsky is a huge plus.
Smoulder also won the Great Northern Foal Stakes (Listed, 1400m), finished third in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), second in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m), third in the Foxbridge Plate (Gr. 3, 1200m) and second in the Seymour Cup (Listed, 1600m). While the brother to this filly, Shanghai Bund (Bachelor Duke), showed plenty of ability winning his second start as a two-year-old over 1200 metres before finishing fourth in both the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and Levin Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m).

Lot 168 ch. c. Manhatten Rain - Grand Performance $25,000
“Manhatten Rain (Encosta De Lago) was a great two-year-old and he ran second in the Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m),” said Mark Walker. He's a half-brother to Burgeis (Catbird) who finished third in the Blue Diamond (Gr. 1, 1200m) and we think he is a perfect type to become a Karaka Million horse.
Her dam, Grand Performance (Palace Music) exuded plenty of speed in four times up to 1200 metres in Australia.

Lot 171 b. c. Zabeel - Gwen's Rules $240,000
“He's a lovely cut of Zabeel, not too big or heavy,” said trainer Jason Bridgman.
“I think he will be a beautiful Sires' Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m), 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) colt,” said David Ellis. “His dam, Gwen's Rules (Faltaat) was a top race mare and extremely underrated, while the progeny by Zabeel out of these top mares like her, that have shown speed, is a massive advantage. He looks a classic colt to me; he has a beautiful temperament and we are buying these Zabeel's for a third of the price than we were three years ago.
Gwen's Rules won nine races to 1400 metres, including the Lightning Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Trentham, as well as finishing runner-up in the Railway Handicap (Gr. 1, 1200m) at Ellerslie, and within the family of this colt was a very talented galloper in five time winner The Pumper (Kaapstad).

Lot 173 b. c. Fastnet Rock - Gypsy Princess $410,000
“He is a really athletic colt by the all-conquering sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill),” said Mark Walker. “He has plenty of quality about him, being out of a French mare by Sadler's Wells (Northern Dancer) and he definitely looks like a Sires' Produce (Gr. 1, 1400m) type of colt that will train on to become a 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) colt” - a race won four times in the past eight years by Te Akau horses.
He is a half-brother to exciting galloper It's Crunch Time (Fusaichi Pegasus). The winner of six from fourteen starts in Australia, he won a stakes race in November and resumed with a fourth in a listed race over 1400 metres on Saturday at Caulfield.

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