Lot 268 bay colt Xtravagant – Seductive d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) $25,000 (draft: Phoenix Park)
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, one of the few we ever gave an ‘A’, and after winning a great stallion producing race (2000 Guineas) he now stands in Australia,” Ellis said.
“I was incredibly impressed with his first offering of yearlings at the Gold Coast Sale (Jan. 8 – 14), where we bought three of his progeny, and there are a lot of good judges that are really taken by the quality and athleticism of the first crop yearlings by Xtravagant.
“This bloke might need a bit of time, but there are plenty of black type performers in the family and he will come to it.
“The colts dam sire Medaglia d’Oro is one of the best sires in the world. He stands at Darley for $200,000 and 16 of his yearlings have sold for $1 million or more. He was always going to be an outstanding broodmare sire and his mares have already left eight Group One winners.”
Not only does the colt have Medaglia d’Oro on his dam side, but also Champion Broodmare Sire Encosta De Lago, Snippets, the sire of leading stallion Pins, and Danehill, who has sired more stakes winners (349) than any other stallion on the planet.
Janine Dunlop (Phoenix Park) said: “He’s a big, free moving type and I think he’ll develop into a lovely three-year-old. He’s got that 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) look about him. He’s got a massive over-step and he’s big and he’s strong.
“I thought he was very well bought and for the amount of money they spent they’ve got a hell of a lot of horse. It was very good shopping by Te Akau.”