Lot 823 bay filly Burgundy – High Heels (High Chaparral) $52,500 (draft: The Sunlight Trust)
Purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM as a yearling at Karaka, Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) is said to be the fastest racehorse Te Akau has ever trained. The three-quarter brother to five-time Group One winner and Champion Sire Darci Brahma (Danehill), Burgundy won five stakes races, Group One placed, and during his shortened stallion career the first three of two-year-olds to the races all won on debut.
It is a family that has left precocious and classy performers, mainly fillies, with the ability to win over a wide range of distances. High Heels has already left three individual winners from 1000 metres to 2200 metres, and most recently had Catwalk Girl (Per Incanto) score in impressive fashion over 1600 metres on 25 November at Te Rapa.
Grand dam Veloce Bella (Volksraad) also has a very good filly in commission at present in Victoria. Named Walking Flying (Tavistock), she has won three times around 1600 metres and good enough to stretch out and finish fifth in the Australian Oaks (Gr. 1, 2000m).
“She’s very well put together and a filly with beautiful balance,” Ellis said. “She’s got a lovely head, great colour, substance, and plenty of natural strength.
“She’s out of a High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) mare, a high-class sire, sire of sires, and broodmare sire, and we think that for a filly of her quality she was very good value.
“The sort of filly that could be suitable for the Karaka Million, and certainly train on, the mother is a half-sister to the great race mare Veloce Bella, a Group One winner, and from a classy family bred by Paddy Preston from Mills Reef Winery.”