Lot 401 bay colt Snitzel – In The Vanguard (Encosta De Lago) $600,000 (draft: Newgate Farm)
“Again, he’s the first foal of a very good Encosta De Lago mare, the reigning Champion Broodmare Sire in Australia, who leads the list with wins again this season,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“Some of the best producing Encosta De Lago mares have been those with plenty of speed and this mare (In The Vanguard) had it in abundance. She was a winner on debut as a two-year-old over 1100 metres and finished second in a Group Two at her next start, and obviously she was highly regarded in order to be mated first-up with Snitzel.”
Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), one of three in the trilogy of breed shaping champion stallions in Australia, along with Danehill (Danzig), and Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), stands at Arrowfield Stud for $220,000 + GST. A two-time Champion Sire of Two-Year-Olds in Australia, he equalled then surpassed Danehill with the record number of individual two-year-old winners in a season – a mark that now stands at 35. He has also headed the General Sires’ List twice and Australian Champion Sire in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
The colt carries a Danehill cross through his sire line and on the dam side of In The Vanguard, as the sire of grand-dam sire Danzero.
Commenting on the colt, Newgate Farm stud manager Jim Carey said: “He’s a high quality colt, great moving, and a sharp looking individual that warranted his purchase price. He’s a very mature looking type.
“We’ve always held him in high regard and he just continued to improve throughout the sales preparation. We were really happy with the way he handled the preparation.
“His dam was an extremely fast daughter of Encosta De Lago and she’s thrown a colt that looks exactly the same mould as she – all speed.
“He’s always been one our favourites at the farm and a beautiful colt from the day he was born. We’re thrilled that a great judge like David Ellis was able to secure him.
“He’s out and out speed and a colt that really should run early, and hopefully he’s a colt that can give his owners a lot of fun. He is the sort of colt that could progress through some of the better two-year-old races in New Zealand, and hopefully end up contesting some good races in Australia.
“He’s got a fantastic action and very mature, from a very fast family and a standout colt from day one.”