Lot 231 bay colt Almanzor – Abidewithme (Redoute’s Choice) $100,000 (draft: Cambridge Stud)
By one of the best credentialed stallions to shuttle to New Zealand in the last decade, Almanzor (Wotton Bassett) was European Champion Three-Year-Old and claimed the same titles in Ireland and France.
Trained by Te Akau to win nine races from 1200m – 2000m, including three in succession, and highlighted by Group Two wins in the Travis Stakes and the Tauranga Stakes, Abidewithme was pure class in physique and as a race mare. In addition, she ran in 20 Group Ones, placing three times and twice fourth.
Abidewithme was bred and owned by Sir Patrick & Justine, Lady Hogan, as too was her impressive winning dam Crimson (Zabeel) who was trained by Jim Gibbs before transferring to Bart Cummings during the latter stages of her career. Herself a winner fresh-up over 1400 metres as a three-year-old, Crimson went on to produce outstanding form through the spring, winning the Waikato Guineas (Gr. 3, 1600m) and finishing second in the Avondale Guineas (Gr. 2, 2000m), before victory in the Grosvenor Championship Stakes (Gr. 2, 2100m) at Ellerslie. She has now left the winners of fourteen races. Her dam, Bourbon Lassie (Mellay) also produced the stallion Omnicorp (Grosvenor).
A half-sister to Abidewithme, Miss Scarlatti (Stravinsky) won a listed race and also strung together second place finishes in the Norman Robinson (Gr. 3, 2000m), Wakefield Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m), and VRC Oaks (Gr. 1, 2500m) in the space of three starts as a three-year-old.
“We had quite a bit more for this colt, so very pleased to get him for the price we did,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“Abidewithme was a mare we loved at the stables and she was a tremendous racehorse.
“He’s a beautiful colt, from a great family, and in our opinion a steal.
“We’re excited about the progeny of Almanzor. He was a champion racehorse, with a strong pedigree, and we’ve been impressed with his first yearlings on offer at Karaka. And, the three that sold a week earlier at the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast averaged over $500,000.”