Lot 271 chestnut colt Star Witness – Believe You Me (Thorn Park) $60,000 (draft: Waikato Stud)
Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards has a talented horse in the stable by Star Witness (Starcraft), a Group One winning sprinter by World Champion Miler Starcraft. Named Phantom Witness, he capped two seconds with a smart win at the trials and followed suit with a debut victory and now the winner of two from five.
The dam, Believe You Me, is by the sire of five-time Group One winning stallion Ocean Park, Thorn Park (Spinning World), who was a fantastic racehorse that came from last to win the Stradbroke Handicap (Gr. 1, 1400m). He had a blistering sprint.
The dam side of the family is exceptional. The Alberton family continues to produce some of the best modern day racehorses seen in both New Zealand and Australia.
“He’s a beautiful strong colt, with standout markings, and a really correct stunner,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“We love him as a two-year-old type, from a family renowned for leaving good two-year-olds and we thought he was particularly good value at the price.
“He moved well and has really good attributes in his overall conformation. He has been bought with the Karaka Million in mind.”