Lot 155 chestnut colt Vanbrugh – Supreme (Falkirk) $50,000 (draft: Windsor Park Stud)
He is from the first crop of Group One winner (Spring Champion Stakes, 2000m) and dual Group Three winner (1800m & 2000m) Vanbrugh, by sire of sires Encosta de Lago.
The Spring Champion Stakes, a stallion making race, has been won by the likes of Savabeel (Zabeel) and Dundeel (High Chaparral).
Champion Sire Encosta de Lago has sons Rubick (sire of Everest winner Yes Yes Yes), Needs Further, Manhattan Rain, and local stallion Puccini, doing the job for him at stud, along with Vanbrugh.
“He’s a really nice colt, and, again, we thought he was very good value at the price,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“He’s a deep rich colour, great head, an athletic mover, and his attitude suggests he’s got a great outlook on life.
“The mare has shown she can leave a good horse in Play That Song (Showcasing) that won the Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) and finished second to our colt Cool Aza Beel (Savabeel) in the Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m).
“And we were prepared to take a chance on young sire Vanbrugh, who is by Champion Sire Encosta de Lago.
“His grand-dam, Maxamore (Volksraad), was a really good filly that won the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m). It’s a strong two-year-old family and we’d like to think he could race as a two-year-old, and he has the scope to train on as a three-year-old.”
Going back further in the family, fifth dam Brown Satin won the NZ Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m).