Lot 533 brown colt Almanzor – Meir (Volksraad) $360,000 (draft: Windsor Park 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.
“We’re excited about the progeny of Almanzor,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM. “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.”
Grand-dam Mia La Fay, by all-conquering sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram), has been a very good producer, with five-time winner and triple Group Three placed The Tidy Express (Volksraad), and Group Three placed, winner of six Lady Le Fay (Thorn Park).
“We thought this colt was one of the best by Almanzor in the sale,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“He’s a classy 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) sort of colt, and has been earmarked for the stallion syndicate.
“We see him as an autumn two-year-old and one that we could aim toward the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1600m).
“He has a beautiful head, great outlook, strong physical colt, and he moves very well.
“We weren’t going to leave the sale grounds without him and we had to fend off strong competition.”
This colt is part of our Te Akau 2021 Stallion Syndicate – together with Magic Millions’ Lot 163 our Fastnet Rock/Ciarlet colt and Karaka Sale colts Lot 367 our Tavistock/Echezeaux colt and Lot 405 our Savabeel/Flamingo colt – contact email@example.com