Lot 394 brown colt Xtravagant – Idol (Fastnet Rock) $220,000 (draft: Newhaven Park)
“He’s an incredibly strong colt and such a great example of both his sire (Xtravagant) and dam-sire (Fastnet Rock),” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“He’s got the richness in colour that Xtravagant got from his sire Pentire, and the strength and substance that Fastnet Rock puts into his stock is almost unmatched by any other sire in Australasia.”
A colt from the first crop by Xtravagant (Pentire), who was trained by Te Akau to win the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 2000m) in breathtaking fashion by eight and a half lengths. In the process, he ran the mile in a staggering 1:33.59, last 600m in 33.04, to establish a new race record and became the fifth of six 2000 Guineas winners for Te Akau. He now stands at Newhaven Park, N.S.W., in Australia.
Owned by the 2014 Te Akau Breeding Syndicate, Xtravagant was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis for $375,000 at the 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale, from the draft of Rich Hill Stud.
“He was rated one of the nicest colts ever produced for sale by Rich Hill and after winning a great stallion producing race (2000 Guineas) he now stands in Australia,” Ellis said.
“As I’ve said before, there are a lot of good judges that are really taken by the quality and athleticism of the first crop yearlings by Xtravagant. He’s been very well mated and I’m thrilled to be able to buy some of them.”
The colt is the first foal from a mare that won over 1500 metres in Australia.
“We’ve had enormous success buying first foals,” Ellis said. “Obviously, Melody Belle has been well documented, but also Savy Yong Blonk (Savabeel) who recently finished second in the City of Auckland Cup (Gr. 3, 2400m), Awareness (Redoute’s Choice), who won in December, Group One winners Hall of Fame (Savabeel) and Costa Viva (Encosta De Lago), Zambezi Warrior (Pentire), and plenty more.”
Like Lot 375, a filly by Xtravagant out of Herstory, the colt has an uncluttered pedigree and carries a simple cross of immortal sire Northern Dancer.