Lot 245 brown colt El Roca – Anthology (Encosta de Lago) $200,000 (draft: Westbury Stud)
El Roca, by Champion Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), was a terrific racehorse, winning two stakes races over 1200 metres and a strong Group performer that Group One placed. In his early days at stud he has already sired Group One winning Travelling Light who scored in the Levin Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m).
The colt is from a mare by current Champion Australian Broodmare Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King), in turn from impressive winning race mare Imananabaa (Anabaa), a Group One winner of the Railway Handicap (Gr. 1, 1200m) and multiple Group Two placed sprinter.
“He’s an absolutely cracking colt and a real physical specimen with great attributes,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“El Roca has already left a Group One winner and we have been taken with the ability his progeny has shown. He is by Champion Sire Fastnet Rock and El Roca, himself, was a very good racehorse.
“It’s a lovely family and Imananabaa was a highly respected sprinter in this country.
“He’s a standout physical specimen, walked well, just a lovely type of colt.
“He looks a readymade two-year-old that could train on to be a 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) contender at three. He has a lot of class and quality about him.”