Lot 388 bay colt Tavistock – Fair Isle (Fastnet Rock) $20,000 (draft: Pencarrow Stud)
Tavistock (Montjeu), a noted sire of (four) Derby winners, has added terrific quality to the New Zealand stallion ranks, producing robust and hardy horses with tough qualities and the ability to accelerate, or quicken, at the business end, for which he was heralded as a dual Group One winning racehorse.
“He was a bargain ($20,000) from a lovely family, and a good sort that will require a bit of time,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“More of a three-year-old staying type, the family has done a great job and he could develop into a Cups sort of horse.”
The dam, Fair Isle, is by Champion Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) and a winner over 1600 metres in Australia. She has already left a two-year-old winner over 1200 metres by Vancouver, Zacouver.
Grand-dam 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.
Third dam Crimson (Zabeel), an impressive winner and Third Top Filly on the NZ 3YO Free Handicaps, 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 left the winners of fourteen races. Her dam, Bourbon Lassie (Mellay) also produced the stallion Omnicorp (Grosvenor).