KARAKA – Lot 441 Caravaggio (USA) – Highland Lights (AUS), Grey Filly



Lot 441 grey filly Caravaggio – Highland Lights (Fantastic Light) $115,000 (draft: Wentwood Grange)

She is a half-sister to terrific racehorse Our Abbadean (Lookin’ at Lucky), a big finishing mare trained by Te Akau.

In training for the Hawkins family at Wentwood Grange, Our Abbadean came of age winning the Awapuni Gold Cup (Gr. 2, 2000m), Travis Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m), and second in the Hawkes Bay Cup (Listed, 2200m). She contested all three legs of the Triple Crown during the Hawkes Bay Spring Carnival, competitive in all three, before producing a terrific run for third in the Captain Cook Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m).

“We had Our Abbadean in the stable and she was a dual Group Two winner and Group One placed, getting valuable black type for the breeders,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.

Caravaggio, a fast racehorse, winning four races as a two-year-old, and Joint Champion 3YO Sprinter in Ireland, is a son of Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), the grand-sire of Te Akau star young sprinter Need I Say More, by No Nay Never. Scat Daddy also sired 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, and was a sad loss to the international stallion ranks when dying after serving only a few crops.

“This filly looks like a natural runner and obviously from a very good family,” Ellis said. “We also have her half-sister in the stable, Scottish Star (Bullbars), and she appears close to winning again.

“We’re excited by the progeny of the young sire Caravaggio. He was fast, a very good two-year-old, and we think this filly has the right shape, right attitude, and quality about her to hopefully become a Karaka Million filly.”

The filly carries a Nijinsky cross through the sire-lines in her pedigree.